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A. Emmanuel of Westbury, NY, passed away from COVID on December 28, 2020, just days after his 83rd birthday. Born and raised in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, he completed his education in Spain before spending the majority of his later life on Long Island, New York. Devoted husband to the late Maria Jesus Hostin, who also recently succumbed to COVID. Cherished father to Emmanuel (wife Asuncion), Helen, and Carlos (partner Casey Tierney). Adored grandfather to Dyoe, Gabriel, and Paloma. Loving brother of Camille Hostin. Predeceased by siblings Celeste Mathieu, Louis Schubert Hostin and Jean Robert Hostin.
After attending elementary and secondary school in Haiti, Emmanuel traveled to Madrid, Spain, where he completed medical school. There he met his wife of 51 years. They married in Spain in 1969, welcomed their first son, Emmanuel, in 1970 before they traveled together to Queens, New York, in 1971 to continue their beautiful life together. He completed his residency training in general surgery at Cumberland Hospital in the late 1970s. He spent his illustrious career as a surgeon treating underserved communities through the Catholic Medical Center of Brooklyn and Queens until his retirement in the early 2000s. He was a member of the Association of Haitian Physicians Abroad (AMHE), a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide its professional members a conduit to address the medical needs and concerns of the Haitian community at home and abroad. He was instrumental in AMHE’s early years (1970-1980s) in helping to grow the organization, to mentor younger doctors and to ensure the provision of medical care to the Haitian community abroad. In honor of his treasured mother Helene Gaston who went home to be with the Lord in 2016 at the age of 99, Emmanuel started the Helene Gaston Foundation located in Bwa Pen near her hometown of Lascahobas, Haiti. He built the community center which bears her name and worked tirelessly to open the medical clinic, adult literacy program, and free meal program it provides for those in the surrounding area.
Together with his wife Maria, he also enjoyed traveling, especially to her native Spain, exploring different cultures and cuisine, and spending time with their grandchildren. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 2019 at a mass and reception at St. Brigid’s Church. Emmanuel will be missed for his incredible generosity, fierce love of family, and his exceptional work ethic.
Due to COVID restrictions, his funeral and burial will be held for family members only.
Strict COVID precautions will be followed, including the wearing of face masks, social distancing, and temperature screening at the door.
A celebration of life service will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, tax-deductible donations can be made in his memory to the Helene Gaston Foundation and mailed to 19 Vista Drive, Nanuet, NY 10954. Electronic donations can be sent via paypal.me/emmanuelhostin1.