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The Final Voyage of Captain Lou Audette, Sr.

Some went out on the sea in ships;

they were merchants on the mighty waters.

They saw the works of the LORD,

his wonderful deeds in the deep.

For he spoke and stirred up a tempest that lifted high the waves.

They mounted up to the heavens and went down to the depths;

in their peril their courage melted away.

They reeled and staggered like drunkards;

they were at their wits’ end.

Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble,

and he brought them out of their distress.

He stilled the storm to a whisper;

the waves of the sea were hushed.

They were glad when it grew calm,

and he guided them to their desired haven.

-Psalms, 107:23-30

On February 6th, 2018, our father, Louis Christian Audette, Sr., a husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and lifelong mariner, departed on his final voyage.

He was born in Fairhaven, Massachusetts, on January 24, 1930, to Florida and Yvonne Audette, the third oldest of eleven children.

Louis, “Captain Lou,” was a lifelong mariner, starting his career at age 14 in the fishing industry out of New Bedford, Massachusetts. He had a natural aptitude for the sea and fishing, which allowed him to advance quickly.

He married the love of his life, Rosemary Agnes Meehan, January 28, 1950. They have seven children, Louis Jr., Steven, Joyce, Susan, Patrick, Daniel and Michael.

In 1968, he moved his family from Fairhaven, Massachusetts, to Seward, Alaska, as part of a fishing venture to develop the scallop fishing industry.

After a few years, Captain Lou’s interests shifted to other maritime ventures, to include freight haul via landing craft, log tows from Montague Island to Seward, construction site supply via tug and barge in Western Alaska, and gold dredge support in Nome, Alaska.

By the mid-1970s, he moved to Homer with Rosemary and their four youngest children.

In the mid-1990s, Captain Lou ended his marine career in Dutch Harbor, Alaska, as a tugboat captain in order to spend time with his wife, Rosemary, who succumbed to cancer in 1996.

They had many long walks on Bishop’s Beach, where they enjoyed the sights, sounds and smells of the ocean.

He spent his final months in Lake Havasu City, Arizona, under the loving care of Patrick and his wife, Dianne, and family. He passed peacefully, surrounded by those who loved him.

Dad, you worked hard to provide well for our family and gave to us the best you knew how. We love you and will miss you deeply, especially your dad-isms.

So, on your final voyage, with the Lord as your copilot, “Fair winds and following seas” on your way to your final Port of Call.

A private memorial will be held in Homer, Alaska, this summer.