We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at O'Brien-Sheipe Funeral Home Inc.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Andre Jean-Claude Sorel's name to the American Cancer Society.
On December 20, 2021, Andre Jean-Claude Sorel, after a long illness which he fought courageously, transitioned peacefully, at the age of 74, at his home in Uniondale, NY, surrounded by his loving family.
Jean-Claude who was also affectionately referred to as “Papy” and “Papy Jean-Claude”, by his children, nieces, nephews and all who knew him well, was born in Miragoane, Haiti, on August 15, 1947 to the late Andre Sorel and the late Germaine Jeanty. At the age of 5, after his mother’s passing, Jean-Claude moved to Port-au-Prince to reside with his uncle Rene Sorel and aunt Mariette, as well as his many cousins, which became his siblings.
In 1968, after completing his secondary education, Jean-Claude emigrated from Haiti to the US along with his siblings. While in the States, he worked as a garage attendant in order to fund his studies at a Technical School where he learned the trade of Auto Mechanics. He landed his first Auto Mechanic job in 1972 and worked in that capacity as his first career for major companies namely Ford Motor Company and Chevrolet, as well as for private mechanic shops. In 2007, due to his illness, he started his second career, to become a School Bus Driver. He held this position until he took his retirement in 2019. Yet, whenever asked what he did for a living the answer was always “Auto Mechanic”, for that’s who he was at heart.
Jean-Claude married his first wife in 1973 and had his first two children, Medjine and the late Steven. After his divorce, he married the love of his life, Carolle in 1978, and from this union two girls were born, Maelinda and Stephanie.
Jean-Claude was a very talented, passionate, and most generous Mechanic who could always be found in his garage during his time off fixing a car or two for his family and friends. He would often fix cars for his friends and family free of charge if they couldn’t afford it. In addition, anyone who knew Jean-Claude well knew that he was a great provider, a hard-working man, as well as the most tolerant, loving, trusting, caring, doting father and spouse a family could ask for.
Jean-Claude will be remembered for his generosity, his infectious smile, intoxicating laugh, carefree attitude, fun-loving (“bon vivant”), his wildly entertaining stories, work ethic, beautiful singing voice, and his love of the Spanish language, music and culture, as well as traveling the world.
His memory will be cherished and kept alive by his adoring wife and longtime caretaker, Carolle Sorel, his Children: Medjine Sorel, Maelinda Sorel, Stephanie Sorel and life-partner Jamel Miller. Grandchildren: Shayne Williams, Kailah Miller, Arianna Bridgelal, Adonis Golden Jr., Vayda, Nickolus, Hasan, Sumayya, Danaisa & TaLynn . Great grandchildren: Nasir & Zahir. Sisters and their spouses: Ketty Sorel-Lonescu, Marlyn & Jozsef Risko, Alberte Sorel-Gilles, Yona and Fernando De La Rosa. Cousins: Marie Giselle Fleurimont, Evans Jeanty, Marie Jeanty, Marjorie Roc, Clelia Lazarre, Regine Jean, Carole Sorel-Beauharnais. Countless nephews and nieces. Sisters and brother-in-law: Renee Jean-Louis, Maryse Jean-Nerette, Marie-Josée Jean-Blain, Chantal Jean, Carine Jean, MD, Magalie Jean-Raphael, and Yves-Marie Jean, Claude Zamor, along with their spouses. Countless nieces and nephews-in law: Peggy & Dukerns Jean-Louis, Dave & Carl-Henry Lapommeray, Eddy Jean Jr., Johanne Larosiliere and Katheline Philias, Jean-Beethove Chery, Dr. Cassandra Raphael, Najee & Anique Jean. As well as a host of close family and friends, including but not limited to: Patrick Oray Sr., Julia Jeanty Jean-Baptiste, Lionel Jeanty, Jacques Lapommeray, Jean-Joseph Larosiliere, Adonis Golden Sr., Max & Primo.
Rest in Peace my Love!
You will forever live in our hearts and memories.
American Cancer Society
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