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Jean Claude Champagne, he had a surname that they gave him as ''Jean Dada''. he was born on June 1st, 1940, in Haiti, Port-Au Prince in the city Belair. His mother's name being Laura Champagne and his father's name was Hermane Melon. Jean Claude Champagne wasn't the only child he had 22 siblings’ to be exact. Among the brothers were Jean Pierrot, Melon, Eduard, Antonio etc. and the sisters were Giselle, Carmel, Dominique etc. Jean Claude Champagne had 8 children: Jean Albert, Kathy, John, Gino, Cliff, Gina, Claude and Claumick as well as 13 grandchildren: Morrocco, Zion, Geanna, Elijah, Daniel, Annayah, Isaiah, Dasson, Guelson Jr., Johnny, Julian and Xavier. Jean Claude Champagne went to Lycée Petion when he was a little boy back in Haiti. He came to the United State of America when he was 16 years old but deep down, he's heart was always in Haiti, that's where the fun was. Meanwhile when he came here to the US. He used to work in a nursing home as well as being an accountant back home in Haiti and he used to be a journalist for this company called press national of Haiti. He also uses to work in this motor vehicle insurance place called OAVCT; that's where he had met my wonderful mother Marie Ginette Champagne, which they had fallen in love and had two beautiful twin daughters Marie Gina and Marie Claude Champagne. My father used to love music such as Gospel, classical French music and his favorite Coupe Cloue. He loved watching wrestling with his family, when we would do so, my sister would fry the food and I would make the drinks. He was a joker, he was always laughing and making people laugh. Don't get me wrong, he used to be friendly and all but when it comes to education, he didn't play with that. He always wanted the best for his kids, put us in the most expensive private school. To me my dad was one of a kind, he was a superhero; the reason I say that is, because since I was a little girl, my dad struggled with life. Especially his health, finding out he had heart attack after heart attack, cholesterol, diabetes, chronic kidney failure, and don't forget stroke after strokes and what really kill him was congestive heart failure. I remember when my dad had his first open heart surgery in 2001. And in 2019, he had his first grand stroke after 5 mini ones and ever since it has been a pattern 5 mini strokes, than a big strokes. His last stroke would be in January 2023, which led him to start degenerating little by little. It was May 8, 2023, he finally listened to his wife, after a lot of suffering to call the ambulance to take him to the hospital. We had hope to see him back home in two weeks or so, but it wasn't until July 19 of 2023, he finally came home to us. I still can remember him saying to the hospital staff how he wanted to come home, because he's heart was home all along. He also knew that he would be in good hands. So, my sister and I fought for that to happen we were happy on that day, I remember my sister Marie Claude asking the EMT to give her five minutes not to rush him in because, his wish was to go back home and breath the natural air that God has given him since he has been on oxygen for a while, and they were able to grant him that. We smiled and we prayed with him that day thanking God for everything he has done, for protecting him in the hospital for us. I'm not going to sugarcoat it, the last few days with my dad was very exhausting, frustrating and painful. Let me elaborate, when you love someone and watching them suffer like that it was the worst pain and experience someone could ever go through in their life, but also it was a pleasure for me to see what family is really about. My baby brother Claumick Champagne would watch and take care of him one night, then the next night my sister would do so and after that my mother would have her turn and then myself since I do not live with him, I would usually take 2 nights back-to-back just to be with him. What hurt the most was before he came home, I would go visit him in the hospital and he would always be in a good mood. He would talk about how he wants to have a Thanksgiving party, to thank the Lord for everything he has done for him, also how he got to see 83 years of age. On July 14 of 2023, my sister and I went to see him and when we got there he would make jokes with us, then he started staring at me saying how I looked like his deceased mom Laura and my sister was like, "What about me, who do I look like?" she also replied quickly, " I look like my decease grandma ''Manman Fab'', he laughed and I'm like "Tell, the truth dad, she looks like no one," he said, "Okay fine, you can say that again." That would be the last joke that I shared with my dad. All I can say is that my dad fought through his last days and I'm proud of that. I am also proud to be called a Champagne and I will make sure your legacy lives on. Champagne for life may you rest in peace dad.
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