Jean-Marie Wheaton Prou

Jean-Marie Wheaton Prou, was called home to the Lord, on the evening of Sunday, October 13, 2013, at the age of 70, after a long and hard fought battle with illnesses, at St. Joseph’s Nursing Home in Dorchester. He is survived, by his mother, Agnes Fanfan, 95, of Dorchester, his wife, Eutemia Prou, 58, of Waterford, NY, four siblings, three children, and five grandchildren.

Jean-Marie, known more commonly as Wheaton to close friends and family, was born on May 29, 1943 to Dieuvielle and Agnes Proulx (now Fanfan). The second oldest of six siblings, he was fondly nicknamed “Lucky,” (pronounced Lukey). Mr. Prou was an alumnus of both the University of Pittsburgh and of the University of Massachusetts Boston.

From his native country Haiti, he initially moved to Washington DC, then to Pittsburgh, eventually settling in Boston, where he spent the rest of his life as a longtime resident for over 30 years, living in several neighborhoods, including Jamaica Plain, Brighton, and Dorchester, where he last lived and worked as an accountant and bookkeeper at Sovereign Bank.

He is described by loved ones as a very well-read and highly intellectual man with many talents–a true jack of all trades, who regularly mastered vast amounts of knowledge with little effort. Wheaton had an immense love of ¬†books, travel, writing, soccer, kompa music, and Haitian cuisine..

In addition to accounting, he was successful in many careers over his lifetime. In Haiti, he taught Latin and Greek at a local university, and also practiced law as an attorney, who fervently and ferociously defended the rights of his clients, before he immigrated to the United States.

His most notable role, was that of a beloved father of three—Farah Prou, 36 of Haiti, Jean Prou Jr, 30 of California, and Maricel Prou, 25, of Lower Mills, who dedicated herself to her father in his final years. . His most enjoyed profession was as a grandfather of five, who were his most prized possessions. He loved nothing more than receiving pictures and visits from his grandchildren. : He will be most remembered for his keen intellect and love of knowledge, his strong will and passionate nature, but above all, a loving dad and grandfather, who treasured his offspring and descendants, that carry his legacy, which will live forever through them and the spiritual riches they inherited and will share with humanity to inspire growth, strength, wisdom, charity, and love.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in St. Gregory’s Church, Saturday, Oct. 19 at 10 o’clock.¬† Visiting hours at the Church from 9 – 10 am. Interment Cedar Grove Cemetery, Dorchester.