Ezekiel Malachi Mae, 77
Ezekiel Malachi Mae, 77, of Lehigh Acres, FL passed away May, 7, 2014 at Hope Hospice after an extended illness. A resident of Lehigh for 12 years, he was born in the District of Richmond, Parish of St. Mary, Jamaica, W.I. on January 24, 1937 to the late Timothy May and Mabelle Campbell.
As a boy growing up in Jamaica, he was a bright and happy child and was friendly with everyone. He eventually left St. Mary to attend the Prof. Culinary Arts School in Kingston, Jamaica where he received his culinary arts diploma. Mr. Mae worked at Princess Margaret Hospital as a chef for 10 years.
Michael, as he was affectionately called, married Sybil P. Reid of Kingston, Jamaica in 1959. He moved to Montreal, Quebec, Canada in 1966 and was a regular church attendant there. He was also employed at McGill University as head chef. He came to the U.S., (Boston, MA) in 1971 where he attended Bunkerhill Community College and was employed for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority in collections for 25 years until he retired in Florida to escape the cold weather up north. Most recently, his niece, Joyce Edwards and nephew, Bishop Egbert were his primary caregivers when he became ill.
Mr. Mae enjoyed attending church, spending time with family, friends and traveling. He joined Palmetto Church of God in 2007 under the pastorate of Bishop Egbert May. The memory of him, as being quiet, kind, mannerable, dedicated and willing to help out any way that he could, will linger long in the hearts and minds of those who knew him.
He is survived by his son, Michael Patrick Mae of New Orleans, LA; three sisters: Ms. Ivy Reid of Boston, MA, Ms. Pearl Lakeman of Boston, MA and Ms. Evie “Tiny” Campbell of Kingston, Jamaica; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, goddaughter and other relatives and friends here in the U.S., England, Canada and Jamaica, W.I.
Visitation for family and friends will be held from 10-11am on Sat., May 17, 2014 at the Palmetto Church of God, 1123 Veronica Shoemaker Blvd., Fort Myers, FL. Funeral services will begin at 11:00am with Bishop Egbert May officiating. Burial will follow at Lee Memorial Park Cemetery.