June 13, 1934 ~ April 10, 2020
Born in: Mandeville, Jamaica
Resided in: Buford, Georgia
Rene Davidica Haddad (Williams) died peacefully at her home in Buford, Georgia on April 10th, 2020 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. She was 85. Born in Mandeville, Jamaica was the second of seven children to Edmond Williams and Cecile Williams (Allen). Rene was a native of Christiana in the parish of Manchester. She attended Excelsior High School in Kingston and after graduation she worked for Bank of Nova Scotia Jamaica LTD in downtown Kingston.
Rene married Samuel Elias Haddad in 1956 at Jamaica College Chapel on Old Hope Road in Kingston and settled in Linstead, St. Catherine where she operated a family business while raising their four sons.
Rene (affectionately known as Miss Renee to all) and family immigrated to New York in 1980 where she worked for Christian Herald in Chappaqua, New York before relocating with her husband Sam, to Atlanta, Georgia in 1991.
Rene was Moravian by faith. She was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, mother-in-law, sister, sister-in-law, aunt as well as a progressive member of both the Linstead and Christiana communities.
She was industrious and popular and a fantastic cook. most of all, however a kind, patient, loving and compassionate woman.
She is preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Sam Haddad, father Edmond Williams, mother Cecile Williams (Allen) and sister Barbara Williams. Rene is survived by her four sons: Tazio and wife Regina, Luigi and wife Mary, Robin, Hans and wife Gail, as well as her six very loved grandchildren Yara, Julian, Samuel, Philip, Blaithin and Samantha.
Rene leaves behind sisters Sandra and husband George Beggs, Joan and husband Tom Reilly, Christine and husband Don Sheppard and Fay Dath, and brothers Dennis Williams, Harvey and wife Sally Williams. She also leaves behind brothers-in-law Abe Haddad and Joseph and wife Laura Haddad, sisters-in-law Hesin Ludwald and Odette Haddad. Rene is also survived by several nieces and nephews including Keith Brice, Yasmin Tracey, Jason Beggs, Grant Reilly, Richard, Sarah, Jonathan, Hannah, and Catherine Sheppard, as well as Amanda Williams and her stepsisters. additionally, Rene was Aunt Renee to Lorraine and Joe Sirgany, Rory and Wayne Haddad, Sue-Ann Chang, Jurgen and Natalie Ludwald, and many other relatives in Canada, England, Jamaica and the USA.
Due to the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic no funeral service will be held at this time. However, a memorial service will be held at a future date.
Memorial gifts in Rene’s (Miss Renee) memory can be made to the – Munro College Old Boys Association C/O Haddad, 77 Carpenter Ave 5E, Mt. Kisco, NY 10549.