Obituary of Joseph Lamorisiere Celanges
Joseph Lamorissiere Célanges, beloved father, grandfather & great-grandfather went home to the Lord on Tuesday, April 26, 2022, at the age of 92. Joseph died peacefully surrounded by members of his family.
Joseph was born on September 10, 1929, in Lhomond Miragoane, Haiti to Eparnier Célanges and Sylvia Douyon Célanges. Joseph was one of four children.
Joseph was a professional tailor who owned a successful business with a large clientele in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. In 1965, Joseph decided to immigrate to New York City to seek a better life for his family. With him, he brought his tailoring skills and opened and operated a tailoring and dry-cleaning business on Broadway between 105th and 106th streets in Manhattan for over twenty years until his first retirement in 1994. Upon deciding that retirement was not for him, Joseph then worked as an expert tailor at several clothing shops, including Alexander Department Store in New York, Boscov’s in Tom’s River, and finally, Brooks Brothers in Red Bank, New Jersey.
Joseph was known as a sharp dresser in the neighborhood or anywhere for that matter, always wearing a suit of his creation.
Joseph instilled in his children the value of education, studying hard, and the importance of arduous work, determination, perseverance, and responsibility. To that aim, he would regularly have them come to his shop to work after school and on Saturdays.
In his later years, Joseph volunteered at CentraState Medical Center in Freehold, New Jersey, attended mass on Sundays at Saint Rose of Lima in Freehold, New Jersey, and visited the gym several times a week. Joseph enjoyed spending time with his family, discussing politics (especially Haitian politics), taking long walks, and continued to create customized original clothing for members of his family and longtime customers.
Joseph was predeceased by his parents, his sisters Caridad and Germaine, his brother Daniel, and his son Dominique Joseph Célanges. He is survived by his daughters: Gabrielle Célanges-Rinchere, Bernadette Célanges-Pierre, Leslie Cato, and Sylvia Jackman. Son in-laws: Claude Rinchere, Jose Pierre, Rudy Cato, and Kevin Jackman. His Grandchildren: Phillip L. Pierre-Louis, Anthony C. Jackson, Jonathan A. Pierre, Cedrick C. Button, Danielle E. Pierre, Esq, Christopher M. & his wife Wendy Jackson, Sebastian D. Rinchere, Steven P. Cato, and Aaron D. Jackman. His Greatgrandchildren: Olivia and Joshua Button. As well as many nephews, nieces, and cousins.
A wake will be held for family & friends from 6:30-8:30 PM on Thursday, May 5 th, 2022, at Freeman Manalapan Marlboro Funeral Home, 344 Route 9 North Manalapan, New Jersey. A funeral liturgy service will be held at St. Rose of Lima Church in Freehold. New Jersey on Friday, May 6th, 2022, at 10:30 AM. Entombment will follow at St. Rose of Lima Cemetery and Mausoleum, 299 Freehold Englishtown Road, Freehold, New Jersey. In remembrance of Joseph’s life, the family asks that in lieu of flowers a charitable donation be made to the American Stroke Association, www. stroke.org.