JOSEPH E. ORCEL, 72, of Port Charlotte, Florida died Thursday, September 6, 2007 at Consulate Health Care of Port Charlotte.
He was born Port-a-Piment, Haiti and moved to Port Charlotte in 1990 from Boston, Mass. He was a graduate of Philippe Guerrier College of Haiti with an Associate Degree in Accounting and a graduate of the American-Haitian Hotel Schools Hotel Management Program in Petion-Ville, Haiti. He attended Boston State College and the University of Massachusetts where he became a certified paralegal in immigration. He was a former teacher at the National Boys School in Port-a-Piment, Haiti, a former City Assessor in Camep, Haiti, and a former Supervisor for the Haitian Postal Service. Joseph was a former machinist and worked for American Builtrite Co. He later became an Accounting Assistant at Boston City Hospital in the Office of Environment Affairs and was a Treasurer, Social Worker and Paralegal for CHAMA, where his responsibilities included helping immigrants resettle and assist them with housing, education, interpreting and employment. Joseph was a Roman Catholic.
He is survived by his loving family, his wife, Marcelle Orcel of Port Charlotte; two daughters, Sabine and Nadine Orcel of Boston; 4 sons, Ephrem Orcel, Kenny Orcel, Andy Orcel, all of Haiti and Jonathan Orcel of Port Charlotte; three sisters, Colette Orcel of Canada, Rosette Orcel of Miami, FL and Eltude Orcel of Canada; one brother, Hernoul Orcel of Boston; 6 step-children, Jean-Max, Charles, Daniel, Kathia, Fortin and Carmelle Jean-Pierre all of Port Charlotte; and 27 grandchildren.