Lucien Ernest Mathelier
Lucien Ernest Mathelier
  • September 23, 1922 - August 4, 2017
  • Spring Valley, New York

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Lucien Mathelier was born on September 23, 1922 to the union of Ernest Mathelier and Monique Jeaniton in Gonaives, Haiti. On August 4, 2017, he passed away peacefully at the Joe Raso Hospice Residence in New City, NY.

Lucien Mathelier was a man of great compassion. His thoughtfulness and generosity was unprecedented. He was a hard worker and consummate professional who believed that education was one of the key pillars to the success of his children. He received his formal education in Gonaives and in Port-au-Prince. After the election of Duvalier in 1957 as young engineers, he and his twin brother Luc left Haiti for the west African nation of Liberia where they established themselves and had a long and successful careers as engineers.

Lucien Mathelier married Marie Therese Fievre in Port-au-Prince, Haiti in 1955. After her passing in February of 1980, he married his current wife Nakeeta Mathelier on February, 18 1983 till his passing.

Lucien Mathelier was a true professional who left a great legacy in his adopted country of Liberia. He worked for the department of public works for twenty-five years until his retirement in 1982. During his tenure at the department of public works, he oversaw the construction of some of the major landmarks in the capital city of Monrovia such as the foreign affairs building, the police headquarters in Monrovia and the renovation of the National Palace to name a few. As the owner of a very successful construction company, he also built many notable private homes for many renowned people in Liberia such as the late Liberian president William Tolbert, his son A.B. Tolbert and many other cabinet members. His company also oversaw the construction of many buildings for the catholic church, the construction of the homes at the Barclay Training Center (BTC Army Camp) in Monrovia and the Executive Mansion Guard Battalion Building on Capitol Hill, Monrovia, etc.

As he took great pride in his work, he was well respected among his peers and was known to be a man with great work ethic. He was recognized as a leader in his field. On and off, he served as adjunct professor at the University of Liberia. At the prime of his career in 1971, the Liberian government sent him to Israel and Italy for a special certification in high rise construction. In 1974, the Tolbert administration awarded him the Liberian Humane Order of African Redemption, Grand Commander recognition award - one of the country's highest recognition awards. In 1987, President Samuel K. Doe appointed him Consul General for the Liberian Government in Haiti where he served at that capacity as the Liberian diplomatic envoy for three years.

As a man of great compassion, he was always ready to help the less fortunate and family members who needed him, especially when it came to education. As a true advocate of education, Lucien Mathelier instilled into his children a desire and quest for knowledge while he explained the benefits and responsibilities that education demands. He was a firm believer that education, honesty, dignity, respect and love of family were the true foundation of one's character. He was a man of great faith and a dedicated catholic. He was a long time and dedicated member of St. Kizito Church in Paynesville, Liberia. After moving to Rockland County in the early 1990's, he became a member of Saint Joseph's Church in Spring Valley N.Y.

Lucien Mathelier departed this life August 4, 2017. His parents, all of his siblings, his grandson Jason Black and two of his children: Lucienne and Jean Claude Mathelier preceded him in passing. He leaves behind to cherish his memory: his wonderful wife Nakeeta Mathelier, his children Jacques Mathelier, Marc Mathelier, Martin Mathelier, Lucien Mathelier, Patrick Mathelier, Pierre Mathelier, Ketty Basile, Carole Lafleur, Karen Vilson, Betty Mathelier, Henriette Peterson, Evelyne Coskun; his grandchildren Tamara Basile, Emilie Mathelier, Cara Vilson, Soraya Basile, Stephanie Mathelier, Patricia Mathelier, Eric Vilson, Kevon Mathelier, Briana Mathelier, Cassandre Mathelier, Brendon Black, Alex Mathelier, Allan Mathelier, Jenny Mathelier, Ronald Lafleur, Liyah Peterson, Daniel Peterson Jr., Richard Midy, Kisha Wooten, Christina Mathelier, Megan Mathelier and Kelly Mathelier; his great grandchildren Jade Botts, Kaleb Botts, Tutt Wooten, Jayden Anthony Mathelier, Taurian Lubin Vilson and Kamaiah Pingol; his nieces Marie Monique Mathelier, Marie Carmelle Pubien, Monique Mathelier-Kouwenhoven, Therese Wilson and Yollette Mathelier and his nephew Jean Pierre Mathelier whom he regarded as his kids; his sons in law Michel Vilson, Raymond Basile, Carlo Lafleur, Daniel Peterson, Yasar Coskun his daughters in law Kathy Mathelier, Denise Mathelier, Maude Lartigue-Mathelier, Giselle Abreu-Mathelier, Rosette Mathelier and countless other family members; the Caine family, the Jeaniton family, the Fievre family and many friends.
Lucien Mathelier was a good man, a great father, a good husband and a great friend to many. He established high standards in his daily life and taught his children and grandchildren the meaning of honesty, compassion, respect, humility and the love of God. After a full and fruitful life, Lucien has been called to join his maker but left a well-lit torch for his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and everyone whose life he has touched. As he was a beacon to this family, he will forever live in our hearts and will be missed greatly.