In Memory of




Obituary for Jean Robert Casseus

Jean Robert Casseus, or “Ti Popoye”, to all who loved him, was born on July 4, 1945. The son of Genevieve and Demeurant Dessources, he was one of ten surviving siblings who grew up in the Savane Blonde arrondissement of Croix-des-Bouquets, Department de L’Ouest, Haiti. His siblings were: Antoine, Abner, Jean, Michel, Marie, Emilienne, Daniel, Bernadette, and Lionel. The family was part of the mahogany woodworking trade.

As a child in Croix-Des-Bouquets, he attended Charlotin Marcadieu Elementary School and later the Damien Professional School. Although he was deeply devoted to his family and loved his country, Popoye left Croix-Des-Bouquets to make a better life for himself in Boston, Massachusetts. He joined his older sister, Marie Rose and began working at the Walter E. Fernald State School as a mental health technician early in 1973 until his retirement in 2010. He also spent many years at Carney Hospital in Dorchester. He was loved by colleagues, patients and families.

His three beautiful daughters Sarah, Sabine, and Rachel with former wife, Marie Elerta, were his pride and joy! But the entire family called him “Daddy Popoye” because he was an advisor and mentor to all. Many of his cousins, nieces, and nephews were honored to have received their first or middle names from him. He exemplified joie-devivre and a heart to serve others. He was the fun uncle who danced at all the parties, remembered everyone’s birthday, sang to you when you were down or upset, prayed for everyone by name and by need, took care of doctor’s appointments, picked up medications and groceries, consoled those who were grieving, and ministered to broken hearts. In 2005, Jean Robert started a new chapter with a new wife, Yvane Alvar, and step son, Emmanuel Gabriel. Although already a father-figure to so many, Jean Robert was overjoyed when his daughter Rachel and son-in-law Aleksandr blessed him with his beautiful granddaughter, Isabelle in November 2021. Their bond was undeniable and Grandpa celebrated every milestone and growth-spurt.

Jean Robert grew up with a strong spiritual center. However, in the late nineties, he was born again and made new in Jesus Christ. After his re-birth, Jean Robert often said he was "saved to serve" and did so with a renewed sense of purpose. He began serving his local churches as an usher, armor-bearer, choir and praise-team member, and a multi-purpose servant of God. Never faltering, he volunteered to visit the sick and shutins, deliver food, collect clothes and food for donations and pray for others on local radio broadcasts in the Boston area. Strengthened by his faith, he was never too tired to pick up someone from the airport or support those too frail to care for themselves. Despite losing siblings, cousins, other relatives and friends, he was never bitter or spiteful.

His disposition remained that of service, hope, and love. He spent countless hours counseling his daughters and many nieces, nephews, and godchildren. He lived to serve both his home church family at the Church of God Christian Life Center, and his brothers and sisters in Christ throughout the world.

Jean Robert was a grandfather, daddy, friend, brother, cousin, god-father, counselor, advisor, peacemaker, lover, dreamer, helper, and supporter for generations. His legacy reaches far, deep, and wide. His legacy is one of fierce, intense, allen compassing love for others. Jean Robert Casseus, our beloved “Daddy Popoye” will never be forgotten. He can never be replaced or duplicated. He was our gift from God, fearfully and wonderfully made!