Kénel Hyppolite was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti where he completed his elementary education. In 1971, he emigrated to the United States with his family. Throughout his life in the U.S., Kénel has mainly lived in Jersey City. He attended Henry Snyder High School, as well as Marist High School.
After completing an associate degree in business administration at Essex County College in 1982, he attended Jersey City State College, which is now known as New Jersey City University.
After college, Kénel attended MTA Trucking School in Bridgewater, NJ in 1986. He then started Hyppolite & Associates, a trucking company, and served as its owner and operator from 1996-2009. During his career he worked with companies such as UPS, Purolator, and McDonald's, where he received numerous rewards, certificates, and plaques for his service and dedication.
Kénel was a very active member of the Haitian community in Jersey City, and he has organized several community activities throughout the years. His hobbies included biking, camping, traveling, music, and movies. He was also an avid gun collector.
Kénel is preceded in death by his father Nicolas Francois Hyppolite, Mother Victoire Euphémie Hyppolite. He leaves behind his daughter Maureen Hyppolite, his former wife Paule-Marie Michel. His five brothers Gaetjens Hyppolite and his family, Kéder Hyppolite and his family, Michel-Ange Hyppolite (Kaptenn Koukouwouj) and his family, Nicolas Hyppolite,Jr. and his family, Voltaire and his family. His three sisters Adelina Hyppolite and her family, Roselène Hyppolite and her family, and Mona Hyppolite and her family.
Kénel was a caring father, brother, uncle, and friend. May he rest well on his journey, and may eternal peace be with him.