Roland Elyzé-Vital was born August 1st, 1929 in Melier, a Community of Leogâne, Haiti. His parents were Joseph Elyzé-Vital and Melicia Laborde. As a child, he always tried to invent new toys to impress others. After he completed his early education in Haiti, he chose to learn auto-mechanic as a way of living. Unfortunately, after suffering from asthma as a child he had to give up this career choice that he loved so much. He then decided to become a Welder. This career path gave him a lot of satisfaction. However, like his previous career choices; he had to give up welding due to the same medical condition.
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Roland, or “Père Roro” as he was known was a hard worker. During his early years in Haiti, he was employed by SNEM(Service National D’éradication de la Malaria)in Leogâne during the 1960’s. This agency sent health workers into the community to teach awareness about malaria and provide prevention guidelines. He was passionate about helping others; he always made himself available to everyone and used the opportunity to connect with others.
Roland had many gifts and talents and was very intelligent. He also loved music and sang in the church choir in Haiti. He was known for being playful, having a great sense of humor, and great interest in connecting with young people. He was known in the family to be the fun uncle. He listened to us, played with us, and could always relate to what was happening in our lives. Through his eyes, nothing was impossible in life.
Later in life, Roland tried yet another career path in the transportation business. He purchased his own camionette which was named “Les Trois Vertues”. He was well known in the community for his generous and compassionate spirit. He made more friends than funds. This camionette traveled from Leogâne to Port-Au-Prince.
Roland lived a Christian life from his teenage years and through adulthood. He was very fond of music and learned to read partitions. He joined the church choir of Trinity Cathedral in Newark, NJ and attended bible study there as well.
After 10 years of separation, Roland moved to the United States in 1991, and reunited with his brothers Rigal, Ovide, Martelly and Nicholas. After several years in NJ, with the encouragement of his beloved niece Yannick and cherished cousin Anite, he moved to Boston. There he thrived socially and made a lot of new friends. Roland was blessed to be in the caring hands of Yannick. She ensured that he settled in his new home, always felt loved and welcomed. He loved participating in activities at the recreation center and enjoyed telling stories. He also loved spending time with his cousin. The two of them would spend hours talking, reminiscing about life, and family.
In the last stages of his life he suffered from health ailments. He passed away Sunday, January 12th at the age of 90. His parents, four brothers, and two sisters preceded him in death. He leaves behind to cherish and celebrate his life, his brothers Martelly, Nicolas, Jean-Baptiste, his sisters Katherine, Pauline, many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.