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Plaquemine historian Tony Fama dies at 91

Michael Jacobs
A DONATION OF HISTORY … Plaquemine historian Tony Fama (right) donates his two books, Plaquemine: A Glimpse of the Early Years and Plaquemine: A Long, Long Time Ago, to the Iberville Parish Library in this 2004 photo. He is seen here with Iberville Museum board chairman Louis Nicolosi (who died in 2007) and Iberville Parish head librarian Dan Ball.

Funeral services are pending for Plaquemine historian Anthony “Tony” Fama, who died Wednesday night. Fama would have turned 92 on May 27.

Fama was probably best known in recent years for his work documenting the history of Plaquemine and Iberville Parish.  His efforts spawned two books – Plaquemine: A Glimpse of the Early Years and Plaquemine: A Long, Long Time Ago.

“Our history is so important because it’s so important in how we shape our future,” Fama said in a 2004 interview with Post-South.

He also worked as a teacher at St. John School, where he was instrumental in the formation of the parochial school’s athletic department and Father’s Club.

He also received widespread acclaim for his work as a juvenile officer at the Iberville Parish Sheriff’s Office, from which he retired in 1982.

Fama's health had declined during the last several years. He moved from his home in Plaquemine to the Williamsburg Retirement Community in 2007.

Funeral arrangements at Wilbert Funeral Home will be posted on postsouth.com when they become available.