More detail on this person: Obituaries for May 2, 1999Bernard M. de Mahy Services for Lt. Col. Bernard M. de Mahy, 52, will begin at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Martin de Tours Catholic Church, with Father P. Austin Leger, Father Keith Deroun and Father Edward Degeyter co-officiating. Visitation will be from 5 - 10 p.m., with a 7:30 rosary at Evangeline Funeral Home in New Iberia. A native of St. Martinville and a resident of Santa Ann, Calif., Lt. Col. Bernard M. de Mahy died Tuesday, April 27, 1999 after an extended illness. Born March 2, 1947, Bernard was the second child and first son of Dr. Bernard and Anne de Mahy. He graduated in 1964 from Catholic High School in New Iberia, where he was a member of the 1962 LA state football team. He attended the University of Southwestern Louisiana , where he was a football letterman and graduated in 1969 with a B.S. in Education. Upon graduation he was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps and began flight training in Pensacola, Fla. On June 14, 1969, Bernard married the former Pamela Voorhies of New Iberia, daughter of James B. and Evelyn Voorhies. He received the wings of a Naval Aviator in May 1970 and began flying the CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter. In 1976 he received a masters degree from the Naval Post Graduate School in Engineering Electronics as it pertained to naval warfare. The next 22 years took the de Mahys to many duty stations around the country, including Tustin, Calif, Beaufort, S.C., Monterey, Calif., Washington D.C. and Kailua, Hawaii. Bernard also served abroad in Taiwan, the Phillipines, Japan, Germany, and two cruises aboard the USS New Orleans. Among his various awards were Meritorious Service Award, Meritorious Unit Commendation, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal and Sea Service Deployment (two stars). Throughout his life, Bernard lived with great faith and took much joy in serving the Lord and his various chruch parishes in variety of ways, including lector, Eucharistic minister, parish council member and committee member. The de Mahy's were blessed with two children, Bernard M. III (Marc), born September 14, 1972, in Beaufort, S.C., and Jennifer Lynn, born July 6, 1976, in Monterey, Calif. Bernard retired from the Marine Corps with the rank of Lt. Colonel. He then began his second career, in the education field, at Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, CA. He acted as Dean of Students for five years before assuming the role of College/Career Counselor and teacher of math and computer science, duties which he held until his death. He is survived by his wife, Pamela Voorhies de Mahy; two children, Marc de Mahy III and Jennifer de Mahy; parents, Dr. Bernard M. de Mahy and Anne H. de Mahy; seven brothers, Dr. Douglas de Mahy and Edward de Mahy of Lafayette, Judge Paul de Mahy of St. Martinville, John de Mahy and Henry de Mahy of New Orleans, Dr. James de Mahy of Denver, Colo., and Philip de Mahy of New Iberia; four sisters, Carmen Nicholson and Katie Hebert of New Iberia, Marie Rathe of Mandeville and Anne de Mahy of Lafayette. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Catholic High School Endowment Fund, 1301 De LaSalle Drive, New Iberia, La., 70560.
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