Jimmy Anthony Day, fondly known as the Cafeteria Manager of St. Augustine High School for more than 30 years, passed away on April 25, 2016 in Baltimore, Maryland, where he resided post Hurricane Katrina. He was 80 years old. Interestingly, he passed away in the very same city where the Society of the Sacred Heart of St. Joseph, the Josephites, still maintain their headquarters.
Mr. Day was the fourth of seven children, born on August 11, 1935 to the late Ernest and Leodia Alfred Day. He was preceded in death by his siblings Norman Day Sr., Olga D. McGee, and Marion D. Hughes.
Jimmy Day was a native of New Orleans. He attended Holy Redeemer Elementary School in the 7
th Ward, Booker T. Washington High School Uptown and Dillard University. He served three years in the United States Army, receiving an Honorable Release from Active Duty in 1958.
At that time, when the Rev. Matthew O'Rourke was serving as the school's first principal, Mr. Day assumed his position at St. Augustine High School as the first male cafeteria manager in the Archdiocese of New Orleans. He displayed a flair that was unique to him, along with a stern stare that had its way of conveying the message of discipline to the many young Purple Knights who passed through his lunch line. Yes, Jimmy Day also had an infectious smile but he was all business, as well as a role model for the young men under his tutelage.
And it was, no doubt, Mr. Day's lunch line, from the five-star menu items to the simple carton of milk. Major food exchanges often took place in Jimmy Day's cafeteria but no one ever complained. His was a singular focus that entailed a true feeding of the body, mind and spirit.
Jimmy Day proudly considered St. Augustine High School his home. His tenure included serving under principals Matthew O'Rourke, Rev. Robert H. Grant, Elliot Willard and Leo Johnson. He continued his service to St. Augustine during the football season at the weekly Quarterback Club meetings in the school cafeteria, now the school's bandroom. He often catered the Christmas break luncheon, as well as the end of the year lunch at the school.
He was always there for St. Aug.
Mr. Day made it possible for many young men, who at times were challenged to meet the financial obligations to attend the school. He took special care in preparing the most amazing healthy lunches for the young men. He was also a proud member of the St. Augustine High School Bingo Committee, which helped to defray school related costs.
St. Augustine High School was Jimmy Day's life.
Thousands of Purple Knights worldwide hold endearing memories of Mr. Day and the nutritiously healthy and wonderful meals he served. They remember his wit, embraced his authority and recall his cooking. He also worked in the school's business office.
Jimmy Day may not have graduated from St. Aug but to many Purple Knights, their parents, the Josephites, the school's faculty and staff, as well as an endless array of supporters, Jimmy Day will forever be an iconic figure in the annals of St. Augustine High School. His name resonates alongside other lay staffers who've passed on, including George Nick Connor, Edwin Harrell Hampton and many others.
By definition, he embodied everything a Purple Knight is destined to be.
Jimmy Day also leaves to mourn his passing his beloved sisters Emma D. Thomas, Adalee D. Smith, and Linder A. Day. Jimmy is survived by numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and loyal extended family and friends, the St. Augustine High School Staff and Alumni over many years.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Corpus Christi Epiphany Roman Catholic Church, 2022 St. Bernard Avenue on Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 10 am. Visitation with family at 9am. Private burial at
Southeast Louisiana Veterans Cemetery, Slidell, Louisiana.
Repast immediately following the Mass in St. Augustine High School's Cafeteria, 2600 A P Tureaud Avenue.
Contributions to assist the family with burial arrangements can be made to St. Augustine High School, 2600 A. P. Tureaud Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70119 Attn: Suzanne Davidson.
Written by Lovell S. Beaulieu - St. Aug c/o '72