Joseph Cleggan Ettienne-Modeste
1941 - 2020
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Joseph Cleggan Ettienne-Modeste, 78, of Bloomfield, beloved husband for 51 years of Theresa (Mitchell) Ettienne-Modeste, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, April 7, 2020, surrounded by his family at his home after a brief illness. Born in La Taste, St. Patrick's, Grenada, WI on August 2, 1941, son of the late Halentine Ettienne and Tamelina Modeste. He was raised in Grenada and later graduated from the University of the West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica, WI. Joseph and his family immigrated to the United States in 1984 and settled in Bloomfield with his wife where they raised their nine children. While living in Grenada, Joseph worked as a Teacher and Health Inspector. In the US, he worked as an Environmental Services Supervisor at Yale New Haven Hospital until his retirement in 2002. He was a devout Catholic throughout his life and was a parishioner at Christ the King Church and Sacred Heart Church in Bloomfield, where he served as a Eucharistic Minister for many years. He was a devoted Husband and very dedicated Father and Grandfather and a loyal friend. He was quiet, courageous, disciplined, had a strong work ethic, and always sharply groomed. He expressed unwavering humility and touched the lives of many. His life was remarkable and exemplary. In his spare time, he enjoyed tending to his flowers and vegetable gardens. He was a music lover throughout his life, he played the saxophone and DJ'd as a young man. He enjoyed Reggae and Calypso especially Bob Marley and Mighty Sparrow. His favorite holidays were Easter and Christmas and he enjoyed playing Christmas Carols. He was an avid reader, loved to play dominoes with his family and friends. Joseph loved sports, he was the captain of the cricket team, enjoyed boxing, soccer and UConn basketball. He was a Scout Master and traveled extensively. Besides his wife, he leaves nine children, Kelson Ettienne-Modeste, M.D. of Vernon, Dexter Ettienne-Modeste and his wife JoAnn Ettienne-Modeste of Bloomfield, Clyde Ettienne-Modeste of Middletown, Tessa Ettienne-Modeste of Bloomfield, Nichol Clark and her husband Todd Clark of Bloomfield, Anthony Ettienne-Modeste of Tampa, FL, Dr. Geriel Ettienne-Ijezie and her husband Kingsley Ijezie of Woodbridge, VA, Maria Ettienne-Modeste and her fiancé Johnnie-Lee Walton of Bloomfield, Natasha Ettienne-Johnson and her husband Terrell Johnson of Alexandria, VA; three sisters, Sandra Modeste-Byron and her husband Roger Byron, and Linda Jones of Trinidad, and Ruby Modeste of Venezuela; 13 grandchildren, Dexter Ettienne-Modeste, Jr., Destiny Webster, Jazmyn Clark, Jada Clark, Amyra Ettienne-Modeste, Amaya Ettienne-Modeste, Asa Ettienne-Modeste, Isis Ettienne-Modeste, Makhi Ettienne-Modeste, Sarai Ettienne-Modeste, Anthony Ettienne-Modeste, Jr., Pace Ettienne-Modeste, and Isaiah Ettienne-Modeste. Two cousins, Kennedy Mattison and his wife Mary and Avis Sylvester and family, Addison Dailey; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends. He was predeceased by his brothers Nalton Modeste, John Francios, and his sister Joan Modeste. A private service and burial will be held. The family requests that memorial donations be made to the American Diabetes Foundation, 260 Cochituate Road, #200, 2nd Floor, Suite 200, Framingham, MA 01701. A Memorial Mass will be Celebrated at Sacred Heart Church in Bloomfield at a date and time to be announced. Carmon Windsor Funeral Home has care of the arrangements. For online condolences please visit,

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Published in Hartford Courant on Apr. 12, 2020.
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May 2, 2020
Kelson & Family, Please accept my condolences on your loss. I'm sure that you have many happy memories.
Neil Denowitz
April 16, 2020
Our heartfelt condolences to the Ettienne-Modeste family on the passing of your dear Joseph. We're very saddened by your loss. I pray our Risen Lord give you Peace and Strength now and in the days ahead.
God Bless and Keep you all in His Care.

Keith and Violet Bowen
Cathedral of St. Joseph
Violet Bowen
April 14, 2020

Thank you for everything. You will always hold a special place in my heart. You always did what you had to do. You worked hard. You were strong, you were a provider and dedicated to your family. You left beautiful and lasting memories with me and my family. You created a beautiful family, one that you treasured and showed up for our special moments. You always blessed us every time you spoke with us. You loved us. I thank you so much for the bond that we shared. I will treasure our dance to Butterfly Kisses. I am going the miss the enthusiastic Hey Nic. I thank you for you. I could not ask for more. Rest as peacefully as you were, Daddy.

Thank you Daddy, Papa.

Our Love Is Always and Forever,

Nichol, Todd, Jazmyn and Jada
Nichol Clark
April 14, 2020
Farewell to my beloved husband from Theresa and family.
My Dearest husband Cleggy.
Earthly life is the most precious gift God has given to man. Eternal life is the reward of an earthly life well lived. We truly believe that you have passed the test here on earth and have been awarded the gift of eternal life in heaven. Last Tuesday mourn when you said goodbye to us. Since then earthly life is not the same for your loving and devoted family. We love you and we miss you here in person. It is consoling to us to know that you have fought a good fight and won the race. We believe that your soul is in heaven. We now say thanks to you for who you were and the wonderful, remarkable exemplary life you have lived.
Thank you, dear husband, for 51 years of marital life well lived. We fought a good fight to live a peaceful and living life as we could with God's help and that of relatives and friends. Thank you for making me a mother of nine wonderful children and they in turn giving us 13 adorable grandchildren you loved and cherished us all. We miss your presence here and always will but your spirit hovers around us and we know that you are a special angel in heaven praying for us down here. Your last words to me were Theresa, thank you. Goodbye take care of yourself and our children. I promise you that I always will because of the love we shared and the pride we took in raising them the wonderful gifts and blessings of our marital love. They are all precious gems. We have a family that most parents will love to have. We cannot repay God for them. They are part of both of us and both of our families. I will see you in them every moment of everyday.
We will miss your unconditional love, your warm embraces, your smiles, your forgiving ways, your earthly blessings, and advices, your dedication, your devotedness, ever loving presence and your reaching out to us when we needed you the most. Thank you for caring and sharing your whole self with us. Your unwavering love will keep always together. You worked endlessly to make sure that your family was always well provided for. We thank God for you and we pray that he will give you a resting place in his Kingdom. As we continue to cherish the many good memories of you we will live on and carryout your legacy. We know what you want from each of us. We will carry on. Your hard work, we will not go in vain. Your prayers will see us through. Thank you, my love, for sharing your life with us. Pray for us down here that we will try to live good lives so we can one day be reunited in Heaven. Farewell, we pray for peaceful rest for your soul. May our Blessed Mother and the angels lead you into Paradise and may God reach you with open arms. God be with you till we meet again. We are together in spirit always. Enjoy heaven with all past relatives and friends. Know you are forever in our hearts. We Love You.

Enjoy your Peaceful rest and pray for us.

Your Wife and Devoted Family
Theresa Ettienne-Modeste
April 13, 2020
Dear Theresa and family, I am so sorry for your loss of Joseph, loving husband, father and grandfather. and friend of so many. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers.

Catherine Dondanville of Sacred Heart
April 12, 2020
We are saddened by you loss. Prayers for your family during this most difficult time. God bless you all, The McGuinness Family, Sacred Heart Church
April 12, 2020
May you rest in peace Joseph and let perpetual light shine on you.
Elaine Huguley Sacred Heart
April 12, 2020
Rest in Paradise
April 12, 2020
With deepest sympathy during this time of difficulty.
Carmon Windsor Funeral Home
April 10, 2020
May his soul rest in perfect peace .
Catherina Daniel
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