Obituary of Joseph Andre Fabien
Joseph Andre Fabien was born on May 7, 1929, in Petit-Goave, Haiti to his father Oreste Fabien, and mother Telucia Leseille. During his teenage years, he moved to the capital of Port-Au-Prince. While there, Joseph became a professional mechanic at the age of 17. He later joined the Haitian military serving as a mechanic. In 1968, the United States was in the middle of the Vietnam War and was seeking professionals to emigrate to the U.S. Joseph seized the opportunity and used his auto mechanic diploma to earn permanent residency in the United States.
Upon moving to the United States, Joseph settled in Nyack, NY. Having already spent over 20 years as a mechanic in Haiti, Joseph was able to land jobs at several mechanic shops throughout Rockland County, NY. He spent the longest time working at PAL Chevrolet in Haverstraw, NY. He was so beloved, his younger co-workers at PAL Chevrolet playfully nicknamed him “Joe Papa.” Joseph became known as one of the top mechanics in Rockland County, working independently on the cars of friends and referrals. He retired from PAL Chevrolet in 1992. A year later, he officially became a United States citizen in June of 1993.
In his own words, Joseph always stated that his greatest achievement was joining the Jehovah's Witnesses and getting baptized in 1973. Furthermore, he is one of the original members of the first French congregation in Rockland County, NY. He was so devoted to his faith, Joseph would drive to Connecticut and pick up French-speaking Jehovah's Witnesses to attend meetings in Rockland. He will be remembered as a huge help to the entire French and Creole congregations, as he would often fix cars and provide transportation throughout the Northeast region to fellow witnesses. His favorite bible verse was Revelation 21:5.
On June 16, 1991, he married Marie Soline Chéry. The couple lived together in Spring Valley, NY with her son David Chéry, whom Joseph raised like his own. Regardless of whether he was working on cars, preaching during field service, or eating a meal at his favorite restaurant, McDonald's, Joseph was always seen with David. Joseph passed down his love of classic music and television to David, which led to David pursuing a career in entertainment. Joseph was a fun-loving, gregarious man who loved to make people laugh. On September 27, 2020, Joseph passed away at the age of 91 after battling illnesses for 18 months. He is survived by his wife Marie Soline and his stepson David.
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