Comeaux named St. John School Distinguished Graduate 2017

Staff Writer
Plaquemine Post South
Pictured at the Diocese of Baton Rouge Distinguished Graduates Dinner are Superintendent Dr. Melanie Verges, Principal Cherie Schlatre, St. John Honoree Edward Earl Comeaux, and Bishop Robert Muench.

A successful businessman, community volunteer and Mardi Gras enthusiast, Edward Earl Comeaux has been named the 2017 Distinguished Graduate of St. John Interparochial School.  Comeaux, a 1976 graduate of the school, is the founder of Comeaux Brothers Construction, a residential and general contractor company that has been in business for 33 years.  

In 2013, Comeaux and his brothers started Iberville Parish’s first night-time Mardi Gras parade, the Krewe of Comogo. The New Orleans-style parade was a lifelong dream of their sister, Brenda, who lost her battle with lung cancer in 2009. Comeaux described the popular parade as one of his proudest accomplishments. “The parade has become an event that the city of Plaquemine and Iberville Parish is very proud of,” said Cherie Schlatre, principal of St. John Interparochial.

In addition to serving on the board of the Krewe of Comogo, Comeaux also serves his community in other ways. He is a board member of the Iberville Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Knights of Columbus Council 970, the St. John Alumni Association and the ICC Rooftop Committee. 

A father of three St. John graduates and the grandfather of one current student, Comeaux continues to give back to his alma mater, offering help and guidance to various school projects whenever possible. “His dedication to our school is a testament to his belief in our mission,” Schlatre said. For Comeaux, serving others is instinctive and something he learned through Catholic education. “At St. John, I received a strong academic background and was taught to be a good person, respect others and live life the right way,” he said.

Comeaux was formally recognized at the Diocesan Distinguished Graduates Dinner on Monday, January 30 as a part of Catholic Schools Week, and will be honored again on Thursday, February 2 at 6 p.m. at St. John School’s Catholic Schools Week Showcase held in the St. John Gymnasium.