Elder Vivian Etienne Laudat was born on August 3, 1939, to the union of Gertrude and Sydney Laudat, the fourth of 11 children in Dominica, West Indies. He went on to Glory on December 28, 2021 and was preceded in death by his mother, father and five siblings, Ruth, Victoria, Eunice, Angelo and Fanso.
Elder Vivian immigrated to England in 1959, where he met the love of his life and wife of 57 years, and they had three children. In 1976, he left London, England and moved to Cincinnati, Ohio to provide a better life for his family. In 1977, his family joined him in the United States.
Elder Vivian accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior in 1987 under the leadership of the late Pastor James Smith of Bethel #2 Pentecostal Apostolic Church in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Elder Vivian had many pet names. He was Dad and Papa to his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and “Viv” to the love of his life and wife, Consula.
Elder Vivian liked working with his hands and worked in construction for many years. He never met a person he didn’t call friend. Sports, especially all Cincinnati teams were his “armchair” pastime. He adored his family and enjoyed celebrating life and family events with them. However, if you knew Elder Vivian, then you know his passion was spent speaking the word of God. He took all opportunities to encourage others to repent, be baptized, receive the gift of the Holy Ghost, and accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. Elder Vivian was an “Ambassador” for the Lord.
He leaves to cherish his memory: his devoted wife, Consula; his children, Lorraine (Timothy) Jordan, Andrea Blackmon and Kevin Laudat, and special mention, Roshaun Laudat-Daniels; his four brothers, Fenrick (Helen) Laudat, Julian (Janet) Laudat, Neville (Martina) Laudat and Bunty Laudat; two sisters, Maudlyn Laudat and Julie (Kent) Lecointe; grandchildren, Jakhaari, Dominique, Vashti (Kenneth), Alex, Keliyah, Tia and Destine; great-grandchildren, Khayiel, Mohammed and Chidera; and a host of nephews, nieces, great nephews, great nieces, cousins, friends and his church family.
A Man of God…
Papa believed that God was the head of his life. All whose life he touched, were moved by his love of the Lord. He humbly became an Elder at Bethel #2 Pentecostal Apostolic Church under the leadership of Bishop Anthony Hill, Sr. He taught his three children they could do all things through Christ which strengthens them (Philippians 4:13). With that in mind, though not a highly educated man himself, he could fix anything from reading the manual, and all three of his children went on to graduate with college degrees. He was proud of his children’s achievements.
As a contractor, Papa, helped to build many churches around the city of Cincinnati and was prized as a person who loved to be of service to others. His grandchildren and great-grandchildren were loved and cherished, adored and bragged about to all who would listen. His Church family in particular, “Deac” knew that he would be willing to discuss the word at the drop of a hat. He quoted the Bible constantly saying, “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness” (2 Timothy 3:16).
He loved to laugh and sing (having whole restaurants applaud his renditions of “Today has been your birthday” and made up songs to give praise to the most high God. Of all people in the world, he adored his wife, Consula the most. He made a special point to make sure everyone he came in contact with, knew that Consula was his “beautiful wife!” When his health failed him, he made sure that every-one knew that she was the one who dutifully cared for him, fed him, clothed him, managed his medical care, kept a calendar of his doctors appointments and generally ensured his well being. Papa will be sorely missed and never forgotten. We would be remiss in not mentioning that all who are gathered here, should know that God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of love, power and a sound mind.
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