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Hiver Thomas LeBlanc

Hiver Thomas LeBlanc

Born in Vielle Case, Dominica, on December 22nd, 1947, Hiver Thomas LeBlanc, Sr. was the eldest of Imelda and O’Neil LeBlanc’s children. He excelled at school as a young boy and enjoyed growing up in Dominica. He would tell his children tales of walking to school after early morning work in the garden and having to race home to eat lunch. Hiver left home at an early age to attend St. Mary’s Academy (SMA) in Roseau, during which he lived in Saint Mary’s Hostel. He made good life-long friendships at SMA. His friends likened him to “Plato” and called him the “Philosopher” because he was always in thought. He was the mediator among his group of friends. If you had a problem you went to Hiver for advice. Upon graduating at Saint Mary’s Academy he started teaching there at the young age of 15.
Hiver emigrated to the United States in the 1960s when he received a scholarship to attend Iona College in New Rochelle, New York where he was embraced by the Carringtons family, with whom he lived while at college. Hiver graduated from Iona College with a B.S. in mathematics. At Iona he got his start in programming working on room-sized computers. In New York he started a family and had four children. Though he left his parents and siblings in Dominica at an early age, he loved them dearly and returned to visit when he could. He opened his home to several of his younger siblings when they came to the States for school and to nieces and nephews that came to visit. Hiver’s children were very grateful for the chance to get to know his siblings and their children through this open door policy. For the past two years Hiver’s had the great pleasure of taking care of his granddaughter and apple of his eye Ananda.
A regular churchgoer, Hiver was a man of deep faith that carried him through difficult times. Additionally, Hiver was a life-long explorer of life. He read widely and liked to engage in lively conversation. He recently was learning to play Go. He belonged to a walking group and went on walking vacations to South America and Europe. Hiver enjoyed listening to music from Harry Belafonte, Sparrow and Bob Marley to The Beatles and Simon & Garfunkel. Two of his favorite songs are “Turn, Turn” by Judy Collins and “Big Iron” by Marty Robbins.
Hiver has worked as a programmer at Bell Telephone System, the Federal Reserve and AIG. Upon retirement he volunteered with members of Our Lady Queen of Martyrs at a nursing home. Hiver is known to be a warm, kind, funny, witty, supportive, loving person. Hiver extended his parenting to several others, serving as a father figure to many. All that knew him knew they had someone they could count on and depend on.
Hiver, Sr. will be joining in Heaven his parents, his son Hiver, grandson Aiye, siblings Clement and Roy and other loved ones. He leaves behind his family Simone, Phillip, Ananda, Nicole, Danielle and Shirley, several siblings Noeliva, Vanya, Hermine, Norman, Joseph, Angelo, Ferdinand and Anthony as well as a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and close friends.

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