Nigel Martin Philip- Rousseau

August 5, 1957 ~ October 23, 2021 (age 64)

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Nigel Martin Philip-Rousseau, a beloved son, brother, husband, and father, went home to

be with the Lord on October 23rd, 2021, in the evening at Holy Name Hospital, Teaneck,

NJ. Nigel was the son of Isambert Rousseau and Thelma Philip, both deceased. He was born on August

5th, 1957, in San Fernando, Trinidad and Tobago, where he was raised and educated. He enjoyed

playing the steel Pan and soccer. Nigel eventually moved to the United States, where he graduated

from LaSalle Academy. Nigel then worked at Western Electric Co in Newark N.J. where

he would soon meet his wife Sandra Gray on a train ride home. 


Nigel was led to the Lord by Horace Young after attending Grace Gospel Chapel in Jersey

City, NJ, on a Tuesday night prayer meeting. He was baptized at Bethany Chapel,

Brooklyn, NY. Nigel was a member of Grace Gospel Chapel, where he fellowshipped and

served for over 15 years. He served in the Church Choir, Men’s Missionary Group, and in

the local community. He was also an itinerant speaker at Grace Gospel Chapel, Jersey City

 and Brighton Avenue Bible Chapel.


Nigel had many hobbies, he had immense joy in uplifting others by sending daily Bible

verses whether through social media or text message. He enjoyed planting, camping, scuba diving, art,

photography he also enjoyed watching Movies. Nigel had a passion and love for music, especially Jazz,

Gospel, and Calypso. His favorite sport Teams included the New York Knicks, New York Jets, the New

York Mets. He also enjoyed F-1 car racing. 


Nigel had an interest in the Medical Field. He began working at Newark Beth Israel Medical

Center as a Senior Cardiovascular Technician from 1986-1993. He pursued a career to

become a Physician Assistant. He was a graduate of The City University of New York and

The Harlem Hospital P.A. Program at The City College. 


Upon graduation, he worked doing what he loved as a Physician Assistant for over 20

years. Nigel took immense pride in his work and took the time in establishing and

maintaining positive relationships with patients, families, peers; and other health care

professionals, as well the community at large. He passionately believed that patient

education was an essential part of patient care so he would always take the time to ensure

his patients left with a better understanding and of course with an “encouraging Word”.


Nigel was a caring, loving, husband and father. He married Sandra Gray on June 18th,

1983, and later remarried on October 14th, 2006. Nigel is survived by his wife Sandra

Philip-Rousseau; his son Jean-Marc Philip-Rousseau and wife, Magnolita Philip-Rousseau;

his son Andre Philip-Rousseau and his wife Deborah Philip-Rousseau; his daughter Martine

Johnson and her husband Jimmie Johnson; his grandchildren DJ Ortiz, Mason Johnson,

Carson Johnson, and Havyn Grace Philip-Rousseau; his sister Nicole Rousseau; his niece,

Amaya Rousseau; his brothers Ray Rousseau and Patrick Rousseau; his sister Yvette

Rousseau; and his many cousins: Roseanne Williams, Edmund Armstrong, Dexter Armstrong,

Darrel Armstrong, Laurence Armstrong, Charlene Armstrong, Martin Armstrong, Nikola

Moreno, Janine Jobity, Ken Jobity, Martina Mayer, Pauline Philip, Glen Philip and Christian


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November 5, 2021

9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Brighton Avenue Bible Church
288 Brighton Avenue
East Orange, NJ 07017

Funeral Service
November 5, 2021

11:00 AM
Brighton Avenue Bible Church
288 Brighton Avenue
East Orange, NJ 07017

November 5, 2021

12:00 PM
Rosedale Cemetery
408 Orange Rd
Montclair, NJ 07042

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