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In Memory of

Antonin Nicolas

May 10, 1937 - August 7, 2017

Obituary


The Life Story of



Mr. Antonin ‘Kolas’ Nicolas



Jean-Marie Antonin Nicolas was born May 10, 1937 in Carrefour, Port-au-Prince, Haïti to Marie-Lea Odette ‘Mandette’ Nicolas née Sautier and Jean Joseph Hermann Nicolas. But to everyone who knew and loved him, he was “Kolas”.



Kolas attended elementary school, middle school, high school and trade school in Port-au-Prince. As a young, single man with a bright future, he took his education and experience as an electrician and phlebotomist and traveled all over Haïti in pursuit of opportunities to utilize his skills.



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The Life Story of



Mr. Antonin ‘Kolas’ Nicolas



Jean-Marie Antonin Nicolas was born May 10, 1937 in Carrefour, Port-au-Prince, Haïti to Marie-Lea Odette ‘Mandette’ Nicolas née Sautier and Jean Joseph Hermann Nicolas. But to everyone who knew and loved him, he was “Kolas”.



Kolas attended elementary school, middle school, high school and trade school in Port-au-Prince. As a young, single man with a bright future, he took his education and experience as an electrician and phlebotomist and traveled all over Haïti in pursuit of opportunities to utilize his skills.



He didn’t remain a single man for long. One day in 1962 he saw Adeline Labbé as she walked to school, at that time he knew she was the one. He tried to talk to her but she was shy and always hid from him; so much so that she changed her route to school to avoid him. That did not deter him as he pursued her. He found out where she was staying and met her there after school.



One day he went to visit her at her home but Adeline had left for America in 1966. A year later Kolas arrived in New York City. One night at a party he saw a girl who he thought was Adeline. When he approached her and realized it was not her, he took a chance and asked the young lady if she knew Adeline. It turned out she was Adeline’s cousin! She told him Adeline was in Washington, D.C. Soon after, he moved to Maryland and began working for Marriott Corporation where he would later work for 36 years.



Still in pursuit of Adeline, he found her address and paid her a visit. This lead to a year of courtship, a marriage proposal, a wedding on February 15, 1969 and 48 years of marriage. In the early 70’s, they had two daughters whom he adored, Marie Joëlle Nicolas, and Marsha Nicolas Harris.



Kolas was a renaissance man who had extremely diverse tastes. He was an artist who loved to sketch. He was a good conversationalist and a comedian who liked to tell stories that made us laugh. He had an ear for music and loved to listen to Salsa, Merengue, Kompa, Classical, German and French Pop music. Good with his hands, he turned his garage into his workshop where he fixed a variety of things.



Haïti was Kolas’ favorite place in the world and always home in his heart. He was always excited to leave the winter behind in Maryland and head home for swimming at the beach, good music and food. Aside from his regular trips home to Haïti, he was well traveled and loved to eat good food and savor good wine. He passed down this joie de vivre to his daughters Marie-Joëlle and Marsha and his grandsons, Alfred and Nicholas Jr (aka Nicky).



He will be missed by his wife, daughters, son-in-law Nicholas Sr., his brothers Fritz Nicolas and wife Adrenne, Yvon Nicolas and wife Elvir, Jean Michel Nicolas and wife Yvrose, Pierre and wife Mona; his sisters Marie Rose Lourdes Loyer and husband Phedor, Jocelyn Severin and husband Gerard; along with many extended family and friends.



Everyone who knew Kolas, has a Kolas story. There is not enough space on this page to tell all the stories so will keep them in our hearts as gifts to remember him by until we see our beloved Kolas again.



Contributions In Honor of Antonin Nicolas and all Cancer patients, the Nicolas family ask that you make donations in his name to one of these organizations or an organization of your choosing.National Brain Tumor Society, BrainTumor.org ~ or ~ Ora Lee Smith Cancer Research Foundation, www.weareoralee.org