Sept 30, 1937-July 8, 2020  

Lifelong Natchitoches resident Freddie Cardino passed away unexpectedly in his home Wednesday evening, July 8, 2020.

Fred was a graduate of Natchitoches High School. He served in the U. S. Army from 1958-62, traveling extensively throughout the northeast.

He worked in the auto parts business for over 50 years, beginning at McCain Auto Supply in 1968 and working there until the time of his death.

In his spare time, he enjoyed cattle farming and growing produce with his son on his property on Old River and hunting and fishing. He was riding his tractor just a couple of weeks before he died. Fred never met a stranger. Those who knew him delighted in the way he could spin out a clever tale or deliver a joke with perfect timing; he was knowledgeable and well versed on a wide array of topics. The eternal optimist, he was always happy and seemed not to have a worry in the world. He was a fixture at McCain’s, where every inventory item was at his fingertips.

Preceding Fred in death are his parents, Ray Joseph Cardino and Thelma Page Cardino; brother, Jerry Wayne Cardino; and sister, Betty Lou White.

He is survived by the love of his life, his wife of 58 years, Edna Mae LaCaze Cardino; brother, Kenneth Gene Cardino of Shreveport; daughter, Monique Cardino Snowden and husband Michael Fraser Snowden of Marietta, Ga.; son, Freddie Ray Cardino and wife Elizabeth D. Cardino of Natchitoches; and three grandchildren, Joey Brown, Freddie Ray Cardino Jr. and Madison Elizabeth Snowden.

A funeral service was Monday, July 13 at 10 a.m. at Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home. Interment was next to his parents at St. Anne’s Catholic Church in Natchez.

Pallbearers for the ceremony were Aaron Odom, Jerry Possoit, Corey LaCaze, Travis Speed, Freddie Cardino and Joey Brown.