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Henribenson Jules was a much-loved son, father, brother, uncle, Elder, friend and benefactor to many. He has always been creative, energetic, hardworking, church going, music loving person. He brought joy to everyone around from the lame jokes he told to the bible studies and door to door sharing of the gospel.
Henribenson Jules was born July 11, 1957, to Therese Jules and Barnabe R. Chery in Gonaives, Haiti. As a young child, Benson has always been involved in and loved the church. He would rise early every morning to ring the church bells, as he was an altar boy in the Catholic church. From weddings, communion, funerals he was always willing and volunteering to help. As he grew and befriend some Seventh-Day Adventist people, he began to attend church with them. At first, he was very hesitant, but, after many bible studies and church attendance during a revival that was preached by Pastor Emmanuel Benoit entitled “Le Danger de la Prosperite Spirituelle,” he gave his life to The Lord on September 7, 1978.
His Journey to America:
Benson always dreamed of coming to America! He made many attempts to get a visa. Daily, he would go the embassy to see if he could get approve to come to the United States. It got to the point where, everyone in the embassy knew him very well. When he would come, they laughed and said, “Here comes Benson again!” But Benson never let that get to him. On one occasion, he scheduled and reserve a spot on a boat to come to America. When his mother got word that he was trying to come to the United State via a boat, she ran and got him and made him stay. God was with him and knew he still had work to do on earth, because that boat capsized and there were no survivors. Benson was a very determined and persistent person. He never took no for an answer. He would bug you until you say yes. In February 1983, he went to the embassy and encountered an individual, who told him haven’t we told you no several times? Benson responded, "Yes, but that was yesterday. I’m coming to ask you today if I can get approval." The person laughs and ask if he had any family in the United States. Benson said "Yes, in New York." The person said, "Okay, today is your lucky day. Here’s your visa."
Life in America:
Benson first arrived in Florida and after a few months traveled north to New York. He worked hard. He developed a work ethic like no other. He arrived at work early and left late everyday not missing one day of work. He started a welding job in New York, which the job he was assigned to do was very hard labor. Even when, he was injured on the job and was bleeding out, he made sure he finished his assignment before he sought care.
On August 3, 1985, he married the love of his life Marie Fleuridor. From there, they had 4 beautiful children. Nickabel, Henry, Veronica, and Gail. He did everything to provide for them and made sure they had a roof over their heads. Benson worked for the Department of Education School District in Irvington, NJ for 27 years, before he retired June of 2020. He worked for the Union District as well. He enjoyed working for them. He would get calls all throughout the night with emergency and he responded without complaint or hesitation and answer with joy.
Benson loved Maranatha and everyone knew it! When he moved from New York to New Jersey, he attended this church when it first started in the basement of Norman Road where, Pastor Monpremier was the pastor and Fr. Telegrand was the first Elder. From then, he held many positions and had many rolls in the church. From Bon Samaritan, organist, to Lay Director for many years, to Sabbath School Teacher, Elder and the list goes on. He devoted his time and money to the mission and work of the church. Even when he really didn’t have the means to do so, he made a way somehow. Even on his death bed, he was returning a faithful tithe and offering. Maranatha was his second family, and he loved every member dearly.
January 5, 2023, Benson was rushed to the hospital not feeling well. From then, he took downward spiral after being diagnosed with leukemia. Benson endured a lot of pain and suffering these past 6 months. But as Job, he has always trusted in God. Job 1: 21 “Naked I came from my mother’s womb and naked shall I return there. The lord gave and the Lord has taken away; Blessed be the name of the Lord.” Benson has fought the good fight, he has finished the race, he has kept the faith. Finally, there is laid up for Benson the crown of righteousness, which the Lord the righteous Judge, will give to Benson on that Day, and not to Benson only but also to all who have loved God appearing. July 5,2023 at 3:55pm his pain, suffering and sorrow have ended. Now he is resting until Our good Lord returns.
Henribenson Jules is preceded in death by his son Nickabel, father in-law Joseph Fleuridor, father Barnabe R. Chery and mother Therese Jules who passed April 10,2023. Benson will be missed dearly by his wife, Marie Jules; children, Henry, Veronica, Gail; grandchildren, Noah and Seven; siblings Claudinette, Carine, Mectide, Scherloune, Immacula, Yves, Jean Briel, Barnabe, Jude, Eve Grecy; mother in- law, brother in-laws, sisters in-laws, son in-law, nieces, nephews, cousins, family Jeanite, family Audige, family Chery, family Joseph, family dubrenat and family Massillon.
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