Jean Fresnel Abelard was born on December 24, 1950 in the city of Croix des Bouquets, Haiti. He attended Charlotte Marcadieu School from the Kindergarten to the Middle School. To further pursue his educational goal, he traveled to Port-au Prince, the Haitian city capital and enrolled In Lycée Petion. From there, he decided to register at the Laroche institute where he studied accounting. But he had a much higher ambition. He decided to become a pastor and enrolled in the seminary at Cite Cadet. After his graduation, he received a call and was employed as a pastor for the Lilavois United Pentecostal church. He set up a literacy program to benefit the adults of his community teaching them how to read and write. In addition to head the literacy program, he also found time to work as a teacher at both the
primary and secondary level in one of the educational institutions in Cité Cadet. In 1976, He left Haiti and traveled to France and lived in the city of lights, Paris. From France he emigrated to the United States of America the following year. He worked first as a cab driver and eventually switched to the Limousine Company known as XYZ. In 1985 the Lord directed his path to the Salem and soon he became a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church and was subsequently baptized in 1987. He held the position of Church Deacon and was later ordained into this ministry. He also worked as a Sabbath School teacher and performed this duty with heart and passion. On January 24 1988 he met the lovely Guerda Dumesle, whom he married just a few months later in May 1988. He just couldn’t wait. Their union produced Marvin, deceased, Guernel and Nancy Abelard. as any human being, he would have liked to live a long life, but bone cancer has shorten his days on this complex planet. He fought to remain alive, but was unable to win the fight. He suffered with dignity showing the character of a true Christian whose hope is anchored in the Lord jesus. On Saturday June the second at 10:15 A.M at Beth Israel Hospital in Newark New Jersey he went into his eternal rest. He left behind besides his immediate family composed of his wife Guerda, his son Guernel, and his daughter Nancy his brothers Frank and Rubens Abelard and family, his sister Amelita Leveque, Mr. Eddie Pierre-Louis,and family, Camille Brutus and family, Yvrose Abelard and family,His father and Mother in law Lyn and Livia Emile and Jeanette Dumesle deceased, Wilfrid and family, his nephews and nieces Wisly, Jean Naomi, Armelle, Rachelle, Hugot, Garbonel, Edvelt,Hurgens, Sherley, Yvedzer, Scotty, Cassandra, Nelson, Johanna , Windy, Kervin and Victor, his brother in law Gerald Andre and family, Serge Dumesle and family, Sterlin Emile and family,Lynsey Emile and family ,Emile Violet, Henry Leveque and family, Neree Gardy, Fede Jean-Robert and family, Edward Bellot and family Leonse Avignon and family. Sister in Law- Aude R., Mirlande, and Margarette Dumesle. His Nieces and Nephews Chancellor, Smile, Claudia, Moises, Serge Jr., Geraldi, Yogel, Carl, Joanne, Marvel, Steven, Scarlen, Ernsa, Stanley, Eve-Renould, Roldy; his Cousins Bolo Abelard, Wilda Brun, Marie Brun, Lenor Soulouque and his wife Denise. Donne, Naomi, Sonel, Emile, Soulouque.To all who was fortunate to know him he was a hard worker, a devoted father and a wonderful husband. His passing will leave a gap that only the love of Jesus and time can fill.