Mountain Road

August Joseph Knockaert

March 11, 1948 ~ November 28, 2023 (age 75) 75 Years Old

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August Joseph Knockaert (AJ) March 11, 1948 – November 28, 2023. 

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of August Joseph Knockaert.  AJ passed away peacefully at his home after a long battle with Esophageal Cancer surrounded by his wife and friends.  AJ had a zest for life and always sought to get the most out of every day.  

AJ was born in New Orleans, LA to the late Winnie Mae (Richoux) Knockaert and the late Earl Andrew Knockaert, Sr.  Also preceded in death by his brother Dave. AJ is survived by his wife, Dorothy; his step-daughters, Sheri Leonard (Ryan) and Jenny Isaac (Matt); her grandchildren; Sarah, Rhett, Reagan, Nathan, Daniel, his brother, Earl A. Knockaert, Jr. (Mary); his children from a previous marriage (Kathleen), Bryan Knockaert (Patti) and Christie Bubrig (Michael); his grandchildren: Britney Loreman (Todd), Andrew, Martin, Gracie, as well as great-grandchildren, Kylie, Kolbie, Tristan , cousins, and extended family members.

On the simplest of days, AJ could be found reading a book or tweaking his motorcycle. He loved history and classic movies. He was always ready for a spontaneous trip around the Lakefront, which was one of his favorite places to catch the sunset. Always a free spirit, he loved to try new things and places.  He approached them with drive and determination.  AJ had a wonderful sense of humor and was always looking to make someone laugh. 
 
Having grown up with City Park in his backyard, he cherished his memories of being with his family in the park.  He never tired of driving and walking through it at any given time. 

His love of driving through scenic locations led him to his hobby of riding his Harley locally and throughout the country. AJ and his riding friends became known as “The Chocolate Milk Gang,” as they would comically get a carton of chocolate milk when they stopped at rest points. AJ cherished his 2018 cross-country motorcycle ride from the Pacific Ocean Highway to the Grand Canyon returning home through Texas with his friend Gary.

Ever the entrepreneur, AJ built a business at age seven catching turtles from City Park lagoons.  He and his mother, Winnie May, would sell them to Sears on Canal Street. This creative venture prompted his mother to be known  as the “Turtle Lady,” which promptly ended that venture.   At twelve years of age he started a canoe rental business at City Park. After his military service in the Navy, AJ had a career as an electrical engineer. Later in life, AJ co-started a real estate venture; retiring the company in 2020.     

In 1969, AJ salvaged a guitar and passion for playing it casually through the years.  AJ and Dorothy took piano lessons so they could learn to play together.   AJ’s sentimental ways showed in his family heirloom collections such as his father’s architect tools, last car license plate, and Navy dog tags. AJ also saved his mother’s collectable pieces.  In 2004, AJ hired a local artist to paint his Hennessey home on pieces of it’s roof slates to give to family members. 

This past August, AJ traveled with his wife Dorothy on their long awaited cruise to the Hawaiian Islands to celebrate their 23rd wedding anniversary.   

Though he enjoyed many hobbies and friendships in his lifetime, there was nothing AJ cherished more than his role as a father, a step father, a grandfather and a great-grandfather.  Even though families were spread across the miles, AJ loved them greatly and never stopped thinking of them.

No matter how much time his loved ones had with AJ, it will never be enough.  He will truly be missed.


Relatives and friends are invited to attend funeral services on Friday, December 8, 2023, at Garden of Memories Funeral Home and Cemetery, 4900 Airline Drive, Metairie, Louisiana 70001. Visitation will be held from 12:00 pm followed by a Mass in the funeral home chapel. Burial to follow immediately thereafter.


Services

Visitation
Friday
December 8, 2023

12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Garden of Memories Funeral Home
4900 Airline Drive
Metairie, LA 70001

Service
Friday
December 8, 2023

2:00 PM
Garden of Memories Funeral Home
4900 Airline Drive
Metairie, LA 70001

Cemetery

Garden of Memories Cemetery

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