Jean-Claude Francois was born in Cap-Haitian, Haiti on April 23, 1945 to Germaine Francois. He attended Christian Brothers School from middle school through high school and upon graduation, he went to college at Lycee Philippe Guerrier. From there he moved to Port-au-Prince and went to Siloe to study Laboratoire where he earned his diploma as a lab technician, although he never worked in the area. In 1973 after years of being in love with his mother’s best friend’s daughter, he married the beautiful Marie Lourdes Monfiston, and moved to America two years later. Shortly thereafter they welcomed their only child, Tamarah Francois. Once settled in America, Jean-Claude went into banking and worked at several large banking institutions until he retired from Fleet Bank in 2007.
In his family life, Jean-Claude was a very easy-going person and a very loving husband and father. He enjoyed spending time with family and friends and as a result, there was never a quiet Saturday night at the Francois residence. Friends and family would gather there every weekend to eat, play cards, and just enjoy time together. All were welcomed and all became part of the family. Jean-Claude was also a great dancer. When he held you in the proper stance, there was no way for his partner to have a misstep because he led so beautifully with strength and confidence, just as he led his family in life.
Jean-Claude is survived by his wife of forty-seven years, Marie Lourdes, his daughter Tamarah Francois-Peek, son-in-law, Cameron Peek, grandchildren Cameron Peek, Jr. and Alexa Peek, his two sisters, Soeur Louise Piquion and Marlene Francois, his brothers-in-law Robert Monfiston and Claude Monfiston, and their respective wives Philomene Monfiston and Guetty Monfiston. He is also survived by his deceased brother-in-law’s (Serge Monfiston) wife Jeannette Monfiston. Jean-Claude is also survived by his two nephews Robert Monfiston, Jr. and Stevens Duplessy and three nieces Lisa Monfiston, Kimberly Louis, and Schirley Monfiston and their children and he is survived by his cousins Yves Manigat, Myrtha Manigat, Gabriel Manigat, Yolette Manigat Pierre, Lynn Newbold, Rony Cesar, Marie Josee Demetrius, Chantal Pierre, Renald Valbrun, Hughes Valbrun, Hermien Valbrun, Rony Valbrun and their respective families and all other members of the Francois, Monfiston, Manigat, Valbrun, Pierre, Demetrius, and Cesar families not mentioned above as well as family friends Burgson Florvil and his wife Karen.
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