'Gert' Dupont honored posthumously at council

Deidre Cruse, Governmental Reporter
MEMORIALIZING GERT DUPONT...Parish President J. Mitchell Ourso Jr., left, presents a condolence resolution to the children of former Iberville Parish Clerk of Court J. Gerald “Gert” Dupont Sr. to his children, from left of Ourso, Debbie Hebert, Stacey Vitale and current Clerk of Court J. G. “Bubbie” Dupont Jr. Gert Dupont died January 28 at age 83. 
Photo Courtesy of Paul Buoy Jr.

Parish President J. Mitchell Ourso Jr. and the Iberville Parish Council last week posthumously honored former Iberville Clerk of Court J. Gerald “Gert” Dupont Sr. for his exemplary public service and dedication to the citizens of Iberville Parish.”

A resolution expressing condolences on the January 28 death of Dupont at age 83 noted Dupont as an avid cattleman, real estate developer, newspaper publisher, businessman and clerk of court from 1976-1988.

“Under the guidance and leadership of J. Gerald “Gert” Dupont, numerous residential subdivisions were developed and commercial businesses and shopping centers were constructed in Iberville Parish, Louisiana. These endeavors have contributed to the continued growth of Iberville Parish,” the resolution said.

It also lauded him for modernizing the records and upgrading staff training during his tenure at the clerk's office.

The Parish Council observed moments of silence for both Dupont and for the late Rev. Orris Dupuy Sr., pastor of the Greater St. Mary Baptist Church of Plaquemine and a past president of the Iberville Parish Minister's Conference, who died February 10.

The council also presented a resolution of condolence to Director of community Services Randolph W. Ware on the death of his mother, Arlene Ware.