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Serge Sylvain

May 2, 1960 ~ June 23, 2021 (age 61)

Obituary

Honor and pain take center stage in this attempt to retrace the last sixty-one years that Sergot has both experienced and served on this difficult planet Earth. He is and will remain an outstanding warrior and beacon of light, an untiring servant and collaborator of our Lord not only within his church but also inside of his family as well as in his social life.

This demeanor started at a very young age. Serge was born in Haiti in a humble village. His childhood was marked by his connection to his father who happened to be the mayor of the city. You see, already at the tender age of 8, he was both his dad's assistant as well as his consultant. His father had deemed him the title of "adjudant" (warrant officer). With this title Serge had enough power to decide the level of innocence on cases of culprits brought to his attention. His father also placed him in charge of his motorcycle, ensuring that the vehicle was both in good working condition and clean.

Even in his early pre-teenager days (10-12 years) he inspired a sense of trustworthiness, noticeable to his dad, so much that he was entrusted with doing inter-city travels to deliver us the money his family needed to sustain themselves while living in the capital. Needless to say, that it was a huge responsibility for a kid of his age.

Back in 1971, following the death of a Haitian dictator, Serge and his father move to the capital. Very quickly he is able to adapt to his new surroundings, makes friends within the neighborhood and does not reduce his contributions to his siblings. Eventually he will lose his warrant officer title and receive a new one ("Bacha") which means rich man.

His father emigrates over to the States in 1973 when Serge is 12 years old. At seventeen years of age, he lands his first job working at the Port Authority administrative service of Port-au-Prince, Haiti's capital. He actually ends up doing really well and is even well known throughout his community.

In 1982, he leaves the country to emigrate over to the US where he immediately finds a job. Fast forward a few years he weds a young and beautiful neighbor named Marie-Claude. They would end up having three children (Slominski, Nathalie and Nathan). He takes care of them like there is no tomorrow.

At the workplace Brother Serge is known as a model employee, a great husband, a responsible worker, an avid music-lover, a father dedicated to the well-being of his children, an honest friend, a very spiritual human being armed with an unfailing faith, a tireless servant, a self-taught man demonstrating amazing universal knowledge. Serge was always willing to both give and help without measure.

Like every one of us he had big dreams. Serge was convinced that he would win the lotto one day. From there he envisions opening a huge radio station which he would name "Radio Fernando" (that he picked before). Later on, he would consider rebranding it to "Radio Espace FM". As stated before, he was a man of vision.

Those who practiced and know him can both confirm and attest of this valiant servant’s true value. The Universe and the Heavens can both rejoice to have him now with them at this moment. We send you off thanking you Brother Serge for all that you have ever done for us down here.

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Services

Visitation
Saturday
July 3, 2021

8:00 AM to 9:00 AM
Haitian Pentecostal Church
36 Harrison Place
Irvington, New Jersey 07111

Funeral Service
Saturday
July 3, 2021

9:00 AM
Haitian Pentecostal Church
36 Harrison Place
Irvington, New Jersey 07111

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