CALLAIS, PAUL ADBON

Staff Writer
Donaldsonville Chief

Paul Abdon Callais, 39, a native of Golden Meadow and a resident of Gonzales, was lost at sea Wednesday, June 25, 2008. A memorial service will be held at St. Theresa of Avila Catholic Church in Gonzales on Friday, July 11. Family visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. until Mass at 10:30 a.m. A memorial service will also be held at Our Lady of Prompt Succor Catholic Church in Golden Meadow on July 12. Family visitation will be from 10 a.m. until Mass at 11 a.m. He is survived by his wife, Danielle LeBlanc Callais, and their children, Christopher, Claire and Caitlyn; mother, Gloria Bienvenu Callais; three brothers and their families, Charles Michael, Blanche, Leah and Rachel; Corey, Tina, Harold II and Nicholas; and Peter, Monica, Justin, Isaac and Noah. Preceded in death by his father, Harold Joseph Callais; and grandparents, Abdon Callais and Ada Bruce Callais and C. Thomas Bienvenu Sr. and Isaure Blanchard Bienvenu. Paul's professional affiliations included: president and chief executive officer of United Community Bank, board of directors of Community Bank in Raceland, formerly American Bank in Welch and Citizens Progressive Bank in Columbia. He received the distinction of being named to the "Top 40 Under 40" by the Baton Rouge Business Report in 2002. His civic affiliations include the Gonzales Rotary Club, past president of the Golden Meadow Rotary Club, Executive Council of Istrouma Area of the Boy Scouts of America and served as a Fourth Degree member of the Knights of Columbus. He obtained a master's degree in business administration from Tulane University and an undergraduate degree from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. He was also a graduate of the Louisiana School of Banking directed by the Louisiana Bankers Association and the LSU Graduate School of Banking. He completed Leadership Lafourche and Leadership Ascension programs. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to the Von Hippel Lindau Family Alliance, 2001 Beacon St., Suite 208, Boston, MA 02135-7877