Tom Popich, beloved family man and boss, dead at 96
A Plaquemines Parish innovator has passed away.
Thomas Popich, one-time owner of The Plaquemines Gazette, first-ever king of the Plaquemines Orange Festival, who, along with his brother Joe, was a pioneer in the marine transport business at the mouth of the Mississippi River, died April 12 at the age of 96.
An enterprising business man, Popich had a hand in far more parish businesses than just his family’s fleet of boats. He focused on results and was neither shy nor ambiguous when offering criticism. But that candor created a baseline whereby family, friends and employees knew exactly how Popich felt, and they loved him for it.
David Sneathern was a machinist for Popich Brothers Water Transport from 1980 until Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Sneathern began as a welder at age 18 until Joe Popich trained him to be a machinist, building rudders and propeller shafts.
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