In loving memory of our beloved father, who was born on December 4th, 1934, in Cap-Haitian, Haiti, and passed away at the age of 88 on Wednesday, June 21, 2023, around 7 AM at Utah Valley Hospital. Dad grew up in Cap-Haitian, where he blossomed into an exceptional individual—a nurturing father, a caring uncle, a loyal friend, and a devoted husband. His unwavering commitment to our mother spanned over four decades, a testament to his unwavering dedication to family.\n\nFrom an early age, Dad followed in the footsteps of his father, Mr. Richard Jacques, by enlisting in the Haitian military forces. Serving as a Sergeant, he proudly served his country and was stationed in various cities and counties across Haiti. Renowned as Sergeant Nicolas in the streets of Cap-Haitian, he earned the respect and admiration of many. Despite having connections with President François Duvalier, Dad never succumbed to corruption or abused his power. Instead, he utilized his influence to extend a helping hand to those in need, embodying the true spirit of compassion.\n\nFollowing his retirement from the Haitian armed forces in 1986, Dad embraced a series of private sector jobs to support his family and uplift his community. It is worth noting that Dad's kindness knew no bounds—he selflessly lent assistance to strangers and friends alike. Even as he approached the age of 80, he continued working as a security officer, driven by a sense of purpose and an innate passion for his job. When urged by his loved ones to retire, Dad would respond, "I know but I can’t stop working, I can't stay home, my job is a hobby for me. If I stopped working I would die faster."\n\nA true enthusiast, Dad found solace and joy in his collection of guns. As children, we would often witness him meticulously cleaning, loading, and unloading his firearms. He would share captivating stories with us, delving into the details of each gun's origin, manufacturing, and potency. My brother Ricardo would tease him, calling him "Tonton Makout,". Dad's pride swelled when our brother Stevens decided to follow in his footsteps and join the United States Armed Forces—an affirmation of the values and ideals instilled in us by our remarkable father.\n\nDad possessed an infectious sense of humor, effortlessly engaging those around him. Wherever he went, he would pause multiple times to greet acquaintances and brighten their day with a well-timed joke. One of his cherished traditions occurred every December 31st, when he would joyfully wish passersby a "see you next year," leaving them momentarily puzzled until they realized the significance of his words, anticipating the dawn of the new year.\n\nHaiti held a special place in Dad's heart—he reveled in the beauty and vibrancy of his homeland. He remained steadfast in his hope that Haiti would one day experience a brighter future, fiercely opposing the corruption that had taken hold. Dad's integrity, humility, and genuine concern for others will forever serve as guiding lights in our lives. We bid you farewell, Dad, with profound love and gratitude. May your soul find eternal peace as your indomitable spirit lives on within us.