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Alphonse Théodore Firmin
February 18, 1924 ~ January 20, 2024 (age 99) 99 Years Old
With profound sadness and heartfelt love, we announce the passing of Alphonse Théodore
Firmin, a cherished pillar of the Hyde Park/Boston, Massachusetts community. Théodore
passed away peacefully at home on January 20, 2024, at the venerable age of 99 years and 11
months. The eldest of ten children, he was born on February 18, 1924 to Monjoie Firmin and
Julia Jean-Baptiste in Bauduy, a suburb of Petion-Ville, Haiti,. Théodore set an extraordinary
example of strength, discipline, and a deep commitment to family values which were evident
since his early years.
From a young age, he displayed a skilled mathematical mind and a profound curiosity about
building, leading him to a lifelong passion for carpentry. His talent and dedication to his craft
earned him widespread respect, with his crowning achievement being the design and
construction of his family home in Haiti. This architectural gem, featuring a circular driveway,
wrap-around porches, and a bedroom for each of his children, is a testament to his artistic spirit
and his boundless love for his family.
On October 15, 1953, Théodore married the love of his life, Marie Carmen Pierre-Louis.
Together, they raised six children: Frantz, Jean-Arold, Marie Andrée, Marie-Florence, Ronnie,
and Chantal, imparting values of hard work, integrity, compassion and family in their children.
Besides his disciplined work ethic, Théodore also showed a softer side, especially in his later
years as Chef Pè Firmin, as he showcased his culinary skills and unwavering devotion to his
wife, (making her sandwiches of sliced turkey and peanut butter). He will be fondly remembered
for his sweet tooth, love of blueberry muffins, Coco Rico, ice cream, and the joy he shared with
After immigrating to Boston in 1970, Théodore became a pillar in the Haitian community, known
for his generosity and mentorship to those transitioning to life in the United States. His
sponsorship of his siblings' immigration significantly impacted many lives, including his nephews
and nieces. His legacy is in his remarkable carpentry and the countless lives he touched with
his kindness and wisdom.
We witnessed the indomitable spirit of a man who, like the wood he so lovingly shaped, stood
tall and strong against the winds of time. His disciplined nature will be deeply missed by his
family, friends, and everyone who had the good fortune of bonding with him. As we say farewell
to Théodore, we celebrate a life well-lived marked by a legacy of love, creativity, artistry,
dedication, and he will be forever remembered in the hearts of those he leaves behind.
Alphonse Theodore Firmin was predeceased by his wife Marie Carmen, his son Arold and his
siblings: Lenie, Felix, Edgard. He is survived by his children Frantz, Marie Andrée Pierre-Victor,
Marie Florence Vilmé, Ronnie, and Chantal. He cherished every moment with his ten
grandchildren: Natalie, Henri Philippe, Fabrice, Richard Arold, Alix-Courtney, Patrick, Marcus
Gilbert, Felicia, Sharon, and Jayson; as well as his six great-grandchildren: Julian, Hakim,
Harmony, Tatiana, Nayeli and Zoey. He is also survived by his brother Montlouis and his sister
Visiting hours will be held on Friday February 2nd from 5:00-8:00pm at the Dockray & Thomas Funeral Home 455 Washington St. Canton, MA.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish 1548 Blue Hill Ave, Mattapan, MA 02126on Saturday February 3rd at 10:00am.
Burial to follow at St. Michael's Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to: Jou Nouvo