Yves Frantz Viaud (aka Frantzou) was born in Les Cayes, Haiti on January 21, 1950. He was the youngest of three sons of the late Leonel and Odette Viaud. He received his high school education at Lycee Philippe Guerrier in Haiti. Following his entrepreneurial instincts, he then went to work for his uncle managing the family bakery. Frantz was also a tailor and a mechanic.
In the late 1970’s Frantz followed his oldest brother’s footsteps and moved to Philadelphia. In 1981 he met Barbara Harris at a house party they fell in love and were wed on September 17, 1983. They had two children Marlon and Yves. A few years later Frantz became an American citizen. For years he worked at Cartex Corporation where he made foam cushions. Although the marriage ended Frantz and Barbara maintained a great friendship throughout the years. For many years Frantz was employed overseeing his brother’s beauty salon, Gabbie’s. At the salon Frantz was respected and admired by all of the “Gabbie’s Girls” and clients. Later in life Frantz met Shakira Clark and they were blessed with a beautiful daughter Kirah Viaud. All there of Frantz’s children were the joy of his life.
Frantz was also a man that loved God and people. He was an active member of Bethlehem Church of God Holiness where he sung on the mass choir and as a faithful member of the usher board. Frantz was “that guy” always putting others first. He was humble and kind, always helping others in any possible way. His magnetic personality never failed to draw people to him. Knowing him was to love him.
Frantz was the proud father of Marlon, Yves, and Kirah. He was the grandfather of Milana and Nala. Frantz was the loving uncle of Joseph Patrick, Jamilah Marsha (who preceded him in death), Alain, Gabrielle, Joseph (Jo Man), Jhirmack, Tsheai, Richard, Tamisha, and Jordani Joseph. Also left to mourn him are many grand nieces and nephews including: Aaron Isaiah (who preceded him in death), Gabriel Luke, and Ian Bryce. Very Specially: His uncles, Buteau and wife Joujou, Antoine and Arnold. His cousins: Thierry, Kathleen and Natalie and their children Yves and Michele, Anne Marie (Marikita), Fleurival, Nicole, Maude, Garoul, Nicole, and Mario. All the cousins Beauduy in Chicago, Illinois, and a very close friend and advisor, Rochelle Holman and his closest friend and associate Chenet Larose of LaRose Jazz Club. Also, his adopted family Ernest (Pe Tiness), and Alour des Telemaque and family. The (5th Street) Lou’s Cut Barber Shop & Staff.
He is survived by his brothers Jean Marie and wife Alayna, Joseph Maxime, Sagesse, Basaens, and two sisters Merette and Michelle. Preceding him in death were three siblings, Marie Lucie, Pierre Michel, and Fritz.
Frantz leaves many friends, extended family and neighbors. All are deeply loved and admired.
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