James "Jimi" Leonard Pavageau, 58 years young of Metairie, Louisisana, passed away peacefully at home with his family by his side on Wednesday January 1st, 2020 after a 7 year battle with lymphoma. He was born Tuesday June 20th, 1961, in New Orleans, Louisiana to his late parents Lovell and Elsie Pavageau.
He was raised in New Orleans East, but later found residence in Metairie after meeting the love of his life, Cathy. They celebrated 23 years of marriage this past July 20th. Cathy and James Pavageau had a truly blessed marriage and a beautifully blended family. He is survived in life by his loving and loyal wife, Cathy, and his honorable children: Dawn Canman-Tuchman (Aaron), Heather Jaegle (Douglas), Christopher Canman, and Sarah Pavageau. Cherished PawPaw of Ian, Zackary, Tristan, Jaiden, Haskell, Brody, Hunter, Aaron Jr., Scarlett, and his four-legged grand-dog-ter Jasmine. He was also survived by his faithful and dutiful sister Susan Denneau and many loved nieces and nephews. He was preceded in life by his precious parents and brothers, Gene and Craig Pavageau.
James passionately loved life and his family. He was an exceptional cook and an avid reader. He was a highly respected carpenter and woodworker. "Jimi" was a multi-talented musician, continuously expanding his skills, among his favorites were the guitar and harmonica. He enjoyed being outdoors and Father's Day camping trips on the Bogue Chitto river. James rode his Schwinn bicycle for hundreds of miles since he got it as a teenager. Anything that involved getting together with family and friends always brought joy to his heart and a smile to his face, especially during Who-Dat season. Geaux Saints!
James had a magnetic and incredibly inspiring personality and spirit, and never met a stranger. He had many treasured friendships and will be sincerely missed by everyone. Family and friends are invited to attend visitation on Thursday, January 9th, 2020 at Garden of Memories Funeral Home, 4900 Airline Dr., Metairie, LA 70001; from 5-8pm. A funeral service will take place in the funeral home chapel at 7:00pm.