Sterling Edward Cavalier
October 13, 1929 – September 17, 2020
A native of Paincourtville, LA, and a resident of Pensacola, FL, passed away on Thursday September 17, 2020.
As a young man of 16 he joined the Merchant Marines and was hired as a wiper. He worked carrying supplies until WWII ended in 1953. He took a job in Tullahoma, TN at ARO as a marine engineer technician for Air Force Jet engine wind tunnels. He had 15 technicians under his supervision. In 1966 he moved to Seabrook Texas to work at the new Manned Spacecraft Center (NASA).He was part of the team that worked on the spacecraft components and all the moon surface experiments like the original Lunar Rover (moon buggy) for moon landings. He maintained his second engineers license and went back to sea in Dec. 1976. He shipped out on the Louise Lykes on his way to Singapore. He retired in 1993 as Chief Engineer and moved to Perdido Key, FL, where he previously enjoyed vacationing with family. He always told everyone he had an interesting and colorful life and has been to every seaport in the world many times. He also owned his own private plane and enjoyed flying and taking anyone up who was willing to go
He is preceded in death by his first wife, Shirley Breaux; second wife, Marilyn Cavalier; son, Wayne Cavalier; parents, Frank and Euranie Cavalier; brothers, Herbert, Dave, Frank Jr, Ulysses, Ivy; sisters, Una, Isabel, Irene.
He is survived by his siblings, Alvin, Albert Sr and Alice; children, Debbie Cavalier, Catherine Cavalier, Cynthia Cavalier; 9 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren.
Saturday, October 10, 2020
9:00 Visitation / 10:00 Mass
St. Gertude Catholic Church
Des Allemands, LA