"Our hearts are heavy as we announce that Mr. John Menard passed away earlier this morning," announced Morgan City High School in a heartbreaking Facebook post on Friday.

Mr. Menard was a longtime educator in St. Mary Parish. He most recently acted as a coach,  at Morgan City High School.

Morgan City High School says that Coach Menard, "Although he was only with us at MCHS for a relatively short period of time, he leaves behind a lasting memory. He had a strong work ethic and was an excellent math teacher... but more than that, he was a good man with a kind and compassionate heart."

Coach Menard was 44 years old and a graduate of Berwick High School.

Monsignor Douglas Courville will officiate a Mass of Christian Burial for Coach Menard Tuesday, June 11, at 11 am at St. Stephen's Catholic Church.

Following these services, Coach Menard will be laid to rest in the Berwick Mausoleum.