By Onz Chery

Former real estate investor Jean Mocombe. Photo courtesy of Jean Mocombe’s family

Jean Dely Mocombe, a former real estate investor, died on June 17 at New York Community Hospital in Brooklyn. He was 80.

He suffered from diabetes and hypertension and had a stroke in 2018, his family said.  

“I’m speechless,” said Dr. Lucien Mocombe, his younger brother by 13 years. “We had a special bonding. He was a father figure to me – not even a father figure, he was a father to me ‘cause he took care of the family.”

Mocombe was born in Le Borgne, Haiti. He went to one of the most notable elementary and secondary schools in Cap-Haitien, College Notre Dame du Perpétuel Secours. After his schooling, Mocombe was a tax inspector at Bureau des Contributions in Cap-Haitien, the tax office.

He was also one of the group leaders of the National Malaria Eradication Service known by its French acronym, SNEM, from 1965 to 1969.

“He was a very hardworking man,” Dr. Mocombe said. “In fact, we used to joke about him, said he was addicted to his jobs. Regardless, if it was Saturday or Sunday, if something needed to be done he would be on it.”

Mocombe moved to New York in February 1969 and attended Kingsborough Community College and College of Staten Island for a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. After college, he went on to become a prime accountant and real estate investor in New York and New Jersey.

He worked for Metropolitan Life Insurance in Manhattan for 15 years before retiring. Elsewhere, Mocombe was a Gold Life Member of a fraternity program, Kappa Beta Sigma Chapter.

He is survived by three sons, John, Mathieu and Michael Mocombe, and five siblings Annelise Mocombe, Dr. Lucien Denis Mocombe, Andre Mocombe, Pierre Denis Mocombe, and Yvette Joseph.

“On the family’s endpoint he will be dearly missed, all the siblings, cousins, we all miss him dearly, and I’m sure some of his friends as well,” said Dr. Mocombe, who owns a Brooklyn clinic.

He previously said: “He was very caring at times, especially with his employees. He helped them out. One of them even called from out of state and said ‘I’ll try to come, this man helped me a lot.’”

Mocombe’s viewing will be held at Guarino Funeral Home on Jun. 27, 2020, from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. followed by the funeral service, which is set to start at 10:00 a.m. and end at 11:00 a.m. It will be available on Youtube via this link.

Mocombe will be buried at Cypress Hills Cemetery in Brooklyn.

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Onz Chery is a Haiti correspondent for The Haitian Times. Chery started his journalism career as a City College of New York student with The Campus. He later wrote for First Touch, local soccer leagues in New York and Elite Sports New York before joining The Haitian Times in 2019.

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