Port Arthur News
Hundreds of people turned to St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in Nederland to bid farewell to Victor Lovelady on Tuesday.
Lovelady, 57, was one of three Americans killed during a siege at a natural gas plant in Algeria earlier this month.
Bishop Curtis Guillory of the Catholic Diocese of Beaumont offered condolences to the family and friends of the Nederland native. The ones who took Lovelady’s life, Guillory said, were not guided by love but by hatred.
Lovelady’s family, including his wife, Maureen; children, Erin and Grant; brother, Mike Lovelady and wife, Wanda and their children, were seated near the pall draped casket inside the spacious church. Guillory addressed the family as he called Victor Lovelady precious gift.
“Yes, we are angry, especially the family. A precious gift was taken from them,” Guillory said.
Nevertheless, he said, Jesus speaks of love and love is redemptive and casts out fear.
“We must move past anger,” he said. “You have a right to be angry but hatred, no. Love always conquers evil though at this moment you may not understand.”
Monseigneur Dan Malain, who knows the family personally, said Victor Lovelady was filled with unconditional love. He taught his children little skills like working with tools and hunting and fishing as well as larger issues such as not worrying about what others think, be considerate and accept others.
When Lovelady got the job in Houston as an industrial engineer he commuted to work so as to be near his family.
“In so many ways Victor Lovelady was different from those who took his life,” Malain said. “He was a good man. That seems like two simple works, ‘good man.’”
Jessica Lemoine, family friend, spoke for the grieving Lovelady family saying that Victor Lovelady was like a star that shines brightly and will always be in their hearts forever.
Lemoine added that anyone can be a father but it takes a special person to be a dad. She recalled times when Lovelady was there to answer any question, big or small, and for guidance.
As a husband, he was a rock, she said to Maureen Lovelady.
“Cherish your years together,” she said. “He just went ahead of you to make ready paradise.”
Lemoine said she believes Lovelady is smiling down on his family and friends.
“I think he’d say ‘oh heck man, don’t worry about me. I’ll be fine up here waiting for you guys,’” she said.