OBITUARY

Serge Gay

October 22, 1938March 11, 2018

Serge Gay was born on October 22, 1938 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti and passed away on March 11, 2018 in Palm Bay, Florida

Services

  • Memorial Mass Saturday, March 24, 2018
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Serge Gay

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Teddy Thomas

March 22, 2018

Serge et moi nous sommes connus depuis que nous étions de jeunes officiers aux Garde-Côtes d’Haïti. Il était l’un des rares avec qui je me sentais suffisamment en confiance pour partager des confidences sur les difficultés de notre carrière en cette période d’épreuves pour le pays et pour certains membres de l’armée. Beaucoup de nos anciens collègues ont exprimé leurs regrets en apprenant la nouvelle de son départ pour l’au-delà.

La franchise et l’esprit d’analyse de Serge m’ont toujours paru des traits que j’ai pu admirer. Nous sommes restés proches pendant notre long parcours en terre étrangère, où nos deux familles se sont retrouvées et appréciées, Louise-Marie et Marie-Thérèse, nos épouses respectives, ayant été d’anciennes amies des Cayes d’où elles sont toutes deux originaires.

Pendant les derniers mois de sa vie, Serge m’a souvent parlé de sa maladie, qu’il prenait avec sérénité, courageusement soutenu par Loulouse. Serge a eu la force de regarder en face et de voir venir la mort, qui nous attend tous au bout du chemin. Il a mené sa lutte avec dignité et il laisse à ses proches ainsi qu’à ses amis un bel exemple d’intégrité, de loyauté et de sincérité.

Adieu, mon ami et merci pour les souvenirs que tu nous laisses.

Thésy et moi, ainsi que nos enfants, avons appris ton départ avec le plus profond regret et présentons nos condoléances affectueuses à Louise-Marie, Bernard, Giovanni et aux autres membres de ta famille.

Teddy Thomas

Jean Claude Laurent

March 13, 2018

I've known Louise Marie and Serge for 46 years. The nicest, most wonderful couple. I cannot think of Louise Marie without thinking of Serge and Serge without Louise Marie. They are embedded in my memories as an entity... I can't recall a time seeing one without the other. I was blessed to have been chosen by them to be the God Father of one of their son and I am forever grateful. It allowed me to see and realize that they had seen something in me, that they liked and allowed me to be so blessed to be their friend and become a member of their family.
I have been so pleased to see the care, patience exemplified by Serge with and towards Louise Marie. It's a life lesson in encouragement, dedication and love. I've enjoyed the many memories of my conversations with Serge. His stories, his past encounters in Haiti. I've been propelled to do better by his role modeling of continual education, joy of acquiring knowledge and his professional accomplishments.
I still vividly remember Serge teaching one of my brother-in-laws to drive in Nyack, N.Y. I will miss his quiet demeanor. His easy-going ways and attitude... His poised. Rest in Peace Serge. In your earthly passage on Earth... you've done good. You left us with good memories... with smiles on your journey and now tears because you will be missed.
Dearest Louise Marie... Love You. Yes, do shed tears... Do cry, for even Jesus cried for Lazarus. But remember, do not despair. Remember the great times you had with your husband... The places you've been with him. The sharing of the boys' upbringing... His support... Your shared life-style. Do remember that you have people (Liliane and I for sure) you can count on. We are praying for you and will be there for you. God Bless.

FROM THE FAMILY