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Edouard Pinede


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Edouard Pinede Obituary
EDOUARD PINEDE Pioneering Haitian Engineer 1938-2015 Edouard Pinede, a native of Haiti and a long-time resident of Connecticut and California, died on June 3, 2015 in Riverside, California at the age of 76. Born in Port-au-Prince to business owner Paul Pinede and Lucile Audate Pinede, Edouard was educated at the Institution St. Louis de Gonzague in Haiti, where he received his baccalaureate in Math, Science, and Philosophy. He earned his diploma in Civil Engineering from the Ecole Polytechnique d'Ha‹ti, while running his own tutoring company and teaching Math at a secondary school. Upon graduation, he became director of the telegraph and telephone company of Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Edouard was among the youngest players on Haiti's national soccer team; he excelled on the field as much as in the classroom. The recipient of a French government merit scholarship in 1962, Edouard left for Paris, where he pursued graduate study at the Ecole Nationale Sup‚rieure des T‚l‚communications. In Paris, Edouard met and married Claudette Pierre-No‰l, daughter of editor and publisher Vaugirard Pierre-No‰l and Laura Latortue Pierre-No‰l. Their daughter Nadine was born in 1964, the year Francois Duvalier declared himself President for Life. Their son Didier, also known as Ed, was born the following year. Given the choice between certain persecution in Haiti and refuge in Canada, Edouard and Claudette chose the latter. In 1966, Edouard began his long and distinguished engineering career with the International Telephone & Telegraph Corporation (ITT). Transferred from Canada to work at ITT headquarters in Manhattan, he rapidly rose to become one of its youngest directors of engineering for North America ITT Telecom. It was in this capacity that Edouard led the team of engineers that obtained crucial patents for the push-button telephone, technology to enable conference calls, and other significant developments in telecommunications. Edouard was featured in Black Enterprise magazine and was honored with the Black Achievers in Industry Award in 1978. Edouard was recruited to be vice-president at TIE Communications before starting his own company, PKS Communications Inc., based in Milford, Connecticut. After having lived in Norwalk, Connecticut for many years, Edouard eventually relocated to California, where he was a senior telecommunications specialist for the state's Department of Insurance until his retirement. He was as passionate about his favorite hockey team, the Montreal Canadiens, as he loved being transported, his eyes closed, by his favorite French, Haitian, and Cuban music. He had the heart of a champion and the soul of an artist. Edouard is survived by his daughter Nadine France Martine Pinede and husband Erick Janssen of Leuven, Belgium; son Didier "Ed" Pinede of Norwalk, Connecticut; granddaughter Elizabeth "Lizzie" Pinede of Washington D.C. and her mother Claudia Thomas of Norwalk, Connecticut; and his first wife Claudette Pinede of Sunrise, Florida. David and Jennifer Rubenstein of Moreno Valley, California, and their children Sara, Kristen, and Ryan, who knew Edouard as "Grandpa Ed;" and Gary Rubenstein and Stephen Rebello of Los Angeles, California, also survive Edouard. Both David and Gary are the sons of Edouard's second wife Rochelle Rubenstein, who preceded him in death. Edouard is also survived by his long-standing partner Marila Lubensky of Stevenson Ranch, California. Like Edouard, Marila has a large and loving family, which includes her sons David, Micah, and Joshua. David and his wife Marliese Warren of San Francisco are the proud parents of Xaria and Zuri. Joshua and wife Carly Tanaka-Lubensky reside in Hayward, California with their lovely children Ava and Eli. Micah was recently married to his long-time partner, Charles Chip McNeal of Oakland, California. Edouard is also survived by brother Andr‚ Charles and Elaine Pinede of Decatur, Georgia; sister Raymonde Denise and Pierre Chauvet of Decatur, Georgia; sister Eunide Paulette Damas of Boston, Massachusetts; sister Marie Gladys Pinede of Randolph, Massachusetts; sister Josette Pinede of Brossard, Quebec; brother Garry Pinede and Helanthia Beebe of Dorchester, Massachusetts; sister Nicole Pinede and Philippe Liautaud of Brooklyn, New York; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, grandnieces, and grandnephews. Edouard's brother Richard Pinede, whose widow Elizabeth Soriano Pinede resides in St. Paul, Minnesota; Edouard's sister Marie Liliane Pinede; and his brothers Lucien, Wilson, and Florin Augustin, preceded him in death. Visitation will take place on Sun., July 26 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Rubidoux Mortuary, Riverside, California, and the funeral Mass will be held on Mon., July 27 at 11a.m. at Our Lady of Solitude Church in Palm Springs, California. Interment will be conducted at Forest Lawn in Cathedral City, California. Please contact Rubidoux Mortuary for details: (951) 683-2215 or [email protected] The family suggests that donations be made to the Haitian Education & Leadership Program in Edouard's memory for college scholarships to help Haitian students at uhelp.net, or https://app.etapestry.com/hosted/HaitianEducation Leadership/OnlineDonation.html


Published in Press-Enterprise on July 19, 2015
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