Milfort was born on December 12, 1942 in Saint-Marc, Haiti to the parentage of the late Ovil and Elvina Barthelemy. He was the second of five siblings. Milfort migrated to the United States in 1970 at the age of 27. He began to work for Apple Container in Pinebrook, NJ as a forklift operator until 1990. Later he became a cab driver up until retirement.
While residing in the United States, he continued to support his family back home. He sponsored his wife Ducile Barthelemy to the country in 1973. One of his biggest dreams was fulfilled when he picked his children from the airport to be with their parents in the US. He held them together with strong support and caring, he was a true pillar to the family. Because of his love, caring attitude, affectionate ways, he was known to his children as King. King was a devoted father and a great husband who ensured that his children were loved, got exceptional care and good education. King taught his kids and grandkids how to be independent at a young age. King was a generous man who would provide assistance to anyone in need with his unique hospitality aptitude. He will be remembered for the strong father he was, for his generosity, and mostly his golden heart.
Milfort often traveled to Haiti with his wife to stay for three to four months. To him, Haiti was the place to be when retirement age is reached. Traveling to Haiti was his preferred hobby, his passion. His neighbors were heartbroken when they learned about his passing. They lost a friend, a family member who never came to Haiti without making them feel they were not forgotten. He brought them goods and money and continued to lend a helping hand even after his stays. His next trip to Haiti was scheduled for November 2021. A few weeks ago during his conversation with Mika his daughter in law, when he was asked if he would travel to the Dominican Republic if the problem with insecurity in Haiti was not resolved, he kindly replied;”Mika I will go wherever you take me. Today he is on an eternal trip, a trip with the Lord surrounding by angels and archangels.
Milfort also enjoyed watching television, all sports particularly soccer games and also listening to the Haitian news to get more updates. His children made him the news reporter by asking him about Haiti when they visit him. He loved being with his grandchildren whom he babysits until grown. He often complained to his children when the grandchildren were no longer speaking creole. “Epa timoun yo pa pale kreyol? Epa Ayisien yo ye? Milfort believed in keeping his culture alive. He taught his grandchildren about their heritage.
On June 25, 2021, Milfort was called home to be with the Lord after a long, wonderful and blessed life. He is survived by his wife and his best friend Ducile Barthelemy; his sons: Milfrand, Baudelaire, Gregory; his daughters: Elvina, Hermione, Saida, Mislene; his sisters: Jeannine, Monique, Oslange; his grandchildren: Aleyah, Bianca, Brittany, Devonte, Ducilla, Erica, Gregory Jr., Jaiden, Jessica, Kevin, Kylia, Meishea, Mildred, Milfort; Great Grandchildren: Aloonzia, Ariin, Aubrey and Jamil; his countless cousins, his numerous nephews and nieces; and his longtime friends.
Milfort will always be loved, he is the love that never dies.
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