Funeral services set for Plaquemine historian Tony Fama

John Dupont
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 were set for Plaquemine historian Anthony “Tony” Fama, who died Wednesday night. Fama would have turned 92 on May 27.

Visitation will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, April 10 at Wilbert Funeral Home on 24120 Railroad Avenue in Plaquemine. Visitation will continue Saturday from 8 a.m. until 10 a.m. at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church on the corner of Main Street and Church Street.

A Mass of Christian burial will immediately follow the visitation. Burial will be at St. John Cemetery, on the corner of Main Street and Federal Street.

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.

Prior to the books, he produced and distributed a pictorial CD featuring photos culled from his extensive collection of historical pictures.

“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.

His love of photographs, which helped nurture his desire for historic preservation, began when he his parents purchased him a camera when he was 11 years old. It ushered a lifelong love of photography, which won him numerous awards over the years.                                                                                   

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.

The April 16th edition of Post/South will feature a story on Fama's life and legacy.