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"The life of the dead is placed in the memory of the living"
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Rohan Thompson

 
Rohan Thompson

Rohan Thompson was born to Marlene Hurd and David Thompson, on September 21, 1979, the oldest of two boys between both parents.   From the time of his birth Rohan bought joy and laugher into all our lives and the lives of others. Rohan was always up to something a prankster at heart, always mischievous. My grandmother Hyacinth Hurd can always he heard echoing the name “Coolie Boy” whenever he gives trouble or misbehave. “coolie Boi” was just one of Rohan’s pet names.

John Shewi as he was affectionately called, was a very shy person with a grin wide as the ocean and laughter as if he was a karate expert.

My relatives can be quite hilarious. As a boy growing up Rohan, and kirk Marline, eldest sister Dor son got into a fight. The two boys fight suh till dem tiad. Rohan could not take it anymore and ran to complained to his mother “Marline’. Marline went to Dor her eldest siter and said “Dor yuh si how yuh pickney beat up mi son”  Dor then replied “kirk don’t be cruel to dumb animals” Marline now surprised by what dor said responded “Dor a mi pickney ya call dumb animal” laughter then broke between both sisters. Even to date the two sisters laugh uncontrollably when they remember the incident.

Three cousins, Chantelle, Rohan, and Randy growing up all would attend the same primary school and of course john shewi father, who is pet name is Bunny. Bunny was known to us as the bike taxi that carried all three cousins to school and him mek four pan the little bike. Anyhow one evening, coming home from school we were stopped by a police officer. “why so many of you on the bike, I am going to lock you up. And of course, his shy son Rohan had nothing to say, but his cousin chantelle with tears wailed at the police “please affisah please nuh lock him up is mi cousin fada and a mi one uncle mi have” the affisah respond by saying “you lucky di likkle girl beg fi yuh and went his way.”

 

Rohan and his brother Randy attended the salvation army church in middle of downtown Kingston, Jamaica. The back bench in the church was owned by Rohan and his brother, Sunday dinner was always their propriety. They would be the first to get home from church.

If there is ever a Sunday that he decided on skipping church all cousins would follow, he was a leader of his pack. Since his migration not one of his pack members attended church

Rohan greatest legacy amongst today his four kids, wonderful gifts that he leaves behind, “being a father” was always top of his list. A nurturing father to all his kids, he always ensures that he was present in each of their lives. At his passing I had the opportunity of spending time with all, sadden by the impact that his death had on them individually brought me to tears. I can see that they had great love for their father.

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La'Sasha Xanariah Marie Estrada

La'Sasha Xanariah Marie Estrada

 

La’Sasha Xanariah Marie Estrada was born on April 23, 1989 in Willingboro, N.J. to André Bundy and Maria Empson. Sasha, as she was affectionately known, departed this life on April 20, 2021. At an early age, she accepted Jesus Christ into her life and then became saved and baptized. 

 

Sasha was educated in the Willingboro School District then entered Iroquois Job Corps Center in Medina, N.Y. She relocated to Staten Island, N.Y. and later to Queens, N.Y. She was employed as a nursing assistant and home health aide caring for the elderly. 

 

Sasha was a beautiful, loyal, and loving person. As a child, she was the ultimate comedian, always playful, and full of energy. Her laughter was infectious and her spirit would light up any room she entered. If you needed anything, you could depend on her to provide it. She lived a vibrant life. 

 

As she transitioned into her adult life she stayed true to herself. Sasha has inspired many of us to be our authentic selves, reject the opinion of others, and live carefree. Her everlasting impact will be remembered and exemplified in the lives of those she leaves behind. Sasha was an extraordinary sister, daughter, aunt, niece, cousin, and friend. 

 

Sasha will be forever remembered by André Bundy (father) Chevail Bundy (mom), Maria Bundy-Stephens (mother) Michael Stephens  (step-father), Kevin McDonald (dad). Her bonus moms: Samaka Empson, Genever Ball, Octavia Davis, and Carol Berry. Her auntie Darlene Samuel and her grandmother Lorraine Shaffer.  

 

Sasha will be celebrated by her sisters LaShia Bundy and LaShé Bundy, nephew Caiden Bundy, and her brother Jovan Ball. Special cousins: Brittany Empson, Shanika Samuel, and Danielle Samuel. She also leaves behind a host of aunts, uncles, and cousins to cherish her memory.

 

La’Sasha now joins her beautiful Grandmother Hester Samuel, whom she adored.

 

La’Sasha’s family would like to give a special thank you to her New York family including Kevin McDonald, Octavia Davis, Carol Berry and best friend Kalimah Cotton, for accepting and protecting her. Also Tyra Collins and her job corps family. God bless us all.  

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Ollie M. Olidge

Ollie M. Olidge

Ollie M. Olidge, of Southampton , NJ passed away on Thursday, April 22, 2021. Life Celebration services will be held on Tuesday, April 27, 2021 12 Noon at The Pauline B. Grant CME Church, 293 Ft. Dix Road, Pemberton NJ. Family and friends may view from 11 AM until time of service. Service to the family by TL Hutton Family & Friends Funeral Services, Burlington, NJ.  

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Bertha Mae Baker-Johnson

Bertha Mae Baker-Johnson

Bertha Mae Baker-Johnson of Willingboro, NJ was born June 6, 1941 in Baldwin County, Alabama.  She was the daughter of the late Elijah and Ida Mae Baker. She departed for glory on April 18, 2021 at her home surrounded by her loving family.

Bertha loved everyone and had a quiet and gentle spirit.  She loved spending time with her family, especially her grand and great-grandchildren.  She also loved to travel; making several trips throughout the years to visit her sisters across the country. Bertha had a passion for reading, southern food, singing  hymns and shopping. Bertha was giving, nurturing and was a great listener to all.

In 1963 Bertha relocated to New York City where she began her career in healthcare.  Bertha was a hard worker who believed that anything worth having, was worth working for.  She worked hard in every aspect of her life, with her family, friends, co-workers, church and even strangers.  After 30 years of fulfilling service Bertha retired from Isabella Geriatric Center. During that time, she also served as a faithful member of Mount Zion AME church.  Upon retirement, Bertha relocated to Burlington, New Jersey to be near her loved ones.  Bertha joined Good Shepherd UMC where she served on several ministries until she was no longer physically able to serve. 

In addition to her parents, Elijah and Ida Mae, her second set of parents; Pelly Nell and Percy Montgomery and 7 of her 17 siblings, William Lee, Jackie, Robert Lee, Doris, Percy Lee, Annie, Isaac; and her son Andrew, all proceeded her in death. 

She leaves to cherish her memory 3 children Edward, Cinella (James), and Leveice; 3 sisters and 6 brothers, Clara (Laddie), Katie, Cynthia (Jimmy), Albert, Bennie (Josephine)Joseph, John, Charles and Leon; 4 grandchildren Shakia (Brandon), Edrika, Justin and Ciara; 5 great-grandchildren Samiyah, Kylie, Breyanah, Skylah, and Laila; a godson Russell (Sharon)and 3 special god grandchildren Tyrek, Tyrese, and Nisea, a special friend; Sara and a host of nieces, nephews, other loving relatives, her church family and many dear friends.

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