2016 was the year we lost some of our favorite Hollywood celebrities, but it was also a year that took away many of our prominent local figures.

Our friends at The Advertiser produced a video highlighting some of our extraordinary locals who passed over the last year and as each name appears you realize just how much these individuals have helped to shape our community.

Maybe you lost a loved one in 2016. We hope 2017 is far more kind when it comes to the health and happiness of our family, friends and neighbors. Chances are you know someone, or may even be related to one of these great Acadiana locals.

We thank them for their contributions and hope they all rest in peace.

[via The Advertiser]