Daniel Fils-Aimé, Savannah Haitian Memorial Monument Organizer Passes

Savannah Herald, Wednesday, August 08, 2018

Miami, FL—Daniel Fils-Aimé, a well-known leader in the Haitian-American Community passed Tuesday, July 31, 2018. There is a Memorial Service planned for Friday, August 10th, 2018, at the Little Haiti Cultural Center Auditorium located at 212 NE 59th Terrace, Miami, Florida 33137 from 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm. The following are additional locations to pay respect: Sunday, August 12th, 2018 — Miami Temple SDA Church, 9175 SW 44th Street * Miami, Fl 33165. Viewing from 9:00 am to 11:00 am · Funeral from 11:30 pm to 1:00 pm · Reception from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Monday, August 13th, 2018 at 11:00 am, the burial is at Caballero Rivero Dade South Cemetery, 14200 SW 117th Ave., Miami, FL 33186.

Photo:  Mr. Fils-Aimé presented Mrs. Deborah Adams with plaque honoring the late Mayor Floyd Adams, Jr. for his work with the Haitian American Historical Society on the Haitian Memorial Monument as former Alderman Clifton Jones looks on

Daniel was born in Haiti. After completing his high school at Lycée Pétion in Port-au-Prince, he traveled to Montréal, Canada where he studied Mechanical and Technical Diesel at Avalon Technical School. Upon his arrival in the United States, he studied Diesel Mechanic at Robert Technical School in Brooklyn. He worked for Greyhound Bus Transportation Service in New York as a Diesel Mechanic Technician, supervisor and driver for over 15 years. He studied Realty and Appraisal at Miami Dade College in Miami, and Ground Transportation Specialty Surface Transit and Rail at Florida International University (FIU).

Daniel Fils-Aimé was the Founder/Chairman of the Haitian American Historical Society (HAHS), an organization that built the Haitian Memorial Monument in Savannah, Georgia. This organization is dedicated to researching, educating and promoting the history of Haiti through art and cultural events for a better understanding of the rich heritage and positive cooperation between Haiti and the United States of America. Daniel was also the Founder/Owner of Miami Minibus, which has provided ground transportation services to residents of Miami-Dade County for over twenty years. Throughout the years, Mr. Fils-Aimé was happy to participate in many organizations.

These include: Chairman and Founder of the Haitian Historical Museum and Archives (HHMA); Co-Founder of the Haitian American Chamber of Commerce of Florida (HACCOF); Board Member of the Miami-Dade Chamber of Commerce; Committee Chairman of Workforce System Improvement (WSI); Board Member of South Florida Workforce Investment Board (SFWIB); Board Member ITC International Trade Committee; Board Member of “Famn Ayisyen nan Miami” (FA); Board Member of “Center for Haitian Study” (CHS); Board Member of “Greater North Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce” (GNMBCC); Board Member of Citizen Transportation Advisory Committee (CTAC); Board Member North East Second Avenue Partnership (NE2P); Member North Miami Chamber of Commerce (NMCC); Member of Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau (GMCVB).

Mr. Daniel Fils-Aimé is an icon among the Haitian diaspora and well-respected leader and visionary in the Haitian Community in South Florida. No one has empowered and educated Haitians about Haitian contributions to America more than Mr. Fils-Aimé. H.A.H.S. under Mr. Fils-Aimé’s aggressive and bold leadership, and against insurmountable challenges, was able in 2007, to plan and build a Haitian Monument in Savannah, Georgia.

This Monument commemorates the contributions of Haitian soldiers (Les Chasseurs-Volontaires de Saint-Domingue), who fought for America’s independence, alongside the Americans at the Battle of Savannah in 1779.

This monument now attracts tourists from all across America, along with the Haitian diaspora from all over the world. As a minority transportation entrepreneur, Mr. Fils-Aimé had to deal with many issues concerning economic and social justice at the local level. He used his experiences to leverage strategic political alliances. Today, many in the top echelons of power in the United States and some other countries regard Daniel as a friend. Over the years, these included being at meetings with President Barak Obama, President Bill Clinton, First Lady Hillary Clinton, former Governor Jeb Bush, Mother Theresa, Billy Graham, Yasser Arafat, and many more.

Daniel is survived by his loving wife and life partner, Eugenie Davilmar Fils-Aimé; five children, Dr. Marcelle Tharmarajah and husband Sashi, Daniel Fils-Aimé, Jr. and wife, Carole, Nonese Kissane and husband Patrick, Dr. Paula Olivier and husband Smith, Ashley Fils-Aimé and wife Amani; five grand-children, Sashi Tharmarajah, Adrian Tharmarajah, Jolianne Jones, Jayden Jones, Kayah Jones; Step-mother, Romania Fils-Aimé; brothers, Samuel Fils-Aimé, Emmanuel Fils-Aimé, Isaac Fils-Aimé, Jacques Fils-Aimé; sisters, Mimose Sylvain, Marie-Altagrace Deshommes, Marie-Micaelle Leroy, Acefie Amedee, Jacline Deshomme, along with the many nephews and nieces.
— Savannah Herald


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