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PIERRE PART - A pillar of the Pierre Part community will be remembered this weekend as the man who brought the St. Joseph the Worker Church into the 21st century.

Father Clarence Waguespack died after an accident on his bicycle Monday, according to the diocese. They said he fell off his bike and broke his neck while riding on Highway 70 near Lee Drive.

Parishioners told News 2 Thursday Waguespack loved riding his bike, going on 20-mile rides or longer each week.

"He was very outgoing, friendly, opinionated, knew a lot about a lot of things, and made sure you knew it," said Janice Pintado, who worked with Waguespack.

Waguespack helped renovate the aging St. Joseph's, turning the facility into a modern, inviting church. He also spent time each day praying with the parishioners he loved to serve.

"When he came here, that was his goal," Pintado said, "He was instrumental in the beautiful renovation of the church the new rectory, the new Religious Ed. building, he saw to it that that happened for us."

Parishioner Georgiana Cox told News 2 that Waguespack left them with more than just a beautiful church, though.

"I think his smile, he had a very pleasant smile," she said. "The children in our community absolutely loved him."

Visitation for Father Waguespack will be Friday evening and Saturday morning at St. Joseph the Worker Church in Pierre Part, followed by a Mass at St. Philip Church Cemetery in Vacherie at 11:30 a.m. Saturday.

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