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Earl Maurice "Speedy" Bertrand, a retired Longshoreman of Local 3000, entered eternal rest on Friday, January 20, 2017 at the age of 81. Devoted and loving husband of Ray "Catherine" Valdery Bertrand; son of the late Oterio Bertrand, Sr. and Justine Baptiste-Bertrand; loving father of Sheba M. Bertrand, Desiree A. Bertrand-Jones and Danielle T. Bertrand; grandfather of Desmetris Jones Baham (Terry) and Darielle Winfield; great grandfather of Tre' Baham. He is also survived by a host of nieces, nephews, numerous sisters-in-law, one brother-in-law, many other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by four siblings, Shirley B. Duvernay, Wallace O. Bertrand, Jr., Helen Holley and Wilma B. Simon; one son-in-law, Demetrius Jones.
Relatives and friends of the family are invited to attend the Mass of Christian Burial at St. Leo the Great Catholic Church, 2916 Paris Ave. on Thursday, January 26, 2017 at 12:30 pm. Visitation will begin at 11:30 am. Interment: Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Arrangements by D.W. Rhodes Funeral Home, 3933 Washington Ave. Please visit www.rhodewsfuneral.com to sign the guestbook.