April 15, 1936 – March 8, 2019
After several years of battling illnesses, Civilien Eloi (Frere Touyen), a lifelong resident of Pompano Beach, Florida and a lifelong member of the First Haitian Baptist Church of Pompano Beach, died on Friday March 8, 2019 at approximately 5:00 o'clock in the afternoon.
Civilien was born on April 15, 1936 in Beaudin, the First Rural Section of Port-de-Paix, Haiti. He was the son of Sylvain Eloi and Anela Abella, both of whom have long passed. Civilien grew up in Haiti and started a family that produced three children. Like all parents, Civilien loved his children and wanted to provide a better life for them. That love led him to migrate to the Bahamas in the early 1960s where he sought better economic opportunities. Unfortunately, all three children passed away within a short period of time in his absence.
In spite of his grief, Civilien never stopped loving. He returned to Haiti in 1977 and married his lifelong surviving wife of 42 years, Therese Rejane Eloi. Their marriage was never blessed with a child but their compassion and love for kids gave them more kids than they could ever have on their own. Every kid, with whom he came in contact, attached to him as if he was their own grandfather. Every young adult, with whom he came in contact, viewed him as a father. That perception led him to walk several brides down the aisles in the roll of father. Civilien is also survived by his brother-in-law Michelet Youte; his sister Lamercie Eloi; his sister Vanie Eloi; his many nephews and nieces who viewed him as a father; his many cousins, old and young who viewed him as an elder from whom to seek reliable advise; and an unlimited number of friends whom he treated and loved like family. Civilien Eloi was well loved and he will continue to be loved by all who have had the opportunity to come in contact with him. His loving memories are forever engraved in our hearts to carry with us to the end.
May God bless his soul!
- Visitation Friday, March 15, 2019
- Funeral Service Saturday, March 16, 2019
- Committal Service Saturday, March 16, 2019