Regina Victor

Regina Sylvestia Victor

Sunday, December 31st, 1922 - Sunday, February 23rd, 2020
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Regina Sylvestia Israel Benjamin Victor was born to Hercules Buddy Israel and his wife Rosenice, nee Jules, of Portsmouth, Commonwealth of Dominica. She was the third of their five children.

Regina was baptized in the St. John’s Catholic Church in Portsmouth and subsequently completed all of her sacraments and education at the St. John’s Parish school. She was a member of the choir, a member of the society of “the Children of Mary” as well as a member of the Women’s Institute.

She apprenticed as a seamstress and upon mastery of her trade she became an entrepreneur, opening her business as a seamstress and hat maker in the community. She not only serviced the immediate community but various neighboring villages and towns. Regina travelled to Antigua to further study embroidery stitching and other artistic designs on the sewing machine. She returned to Dominica where she practiced her skills as she wowed her numerous customers sewing elaborate wedding dresses, covering shoes and handbags with laced materials. Regina was generous enough to allow young ladies to train and apprentice under her guidance as a seamstress. They will miss her.

In 1970 she then re-located to New York where she lived and worked with Dr. Rubin for over twenty years and with the Association for the Aged in Brooklyn for over ten years until retirement in 1995. She worked tirelessly at two jobs and saved all she earned in order to purchase her house in Brooklyn where she made a home for her family.

When her daughter Paulina moved to Florida she would spend the Winter months with her, however upon the passing of her son Cuthbert, Regina went to live with her daughter, Paulina, in Florida.
Wherever Regina went she cultivated great lifelong friendships. She was usually characterized as “’sweet Regina’, ‘loving’ and ‘caring’”. She was also known as the “card lady” because she never missed the opportunity to share greetings during occasions such as birthdays.

Family and friends were very important to Regina and during the holidays her home was the focal gathering point where all met for food, fun and fellowship. She was known to invite the homeless to join in for a meal.
Regina was very spiritual, religious and active in her parish wherever she lived. She led the rosary before morning Mass everyday for many years at her parish of Holy Innocents in Brooklyn. She was also an active member of the Legion of Mary, where she held the position of President, as well as other positions at various periods. She visited and brought the Eucharist to the sick and shut-ins in their homes, hospital and nursing home.

She was an avid rosary maker and would distribute them in every church she attended or wherever she went. She was always evangelizing to “Jesus through Mary” with her rosary. Many people came from afar to receive large quantities of rosaries to be shipped to the Caribbean or to take with them while travelling home.

Regina had four children, three of whom preceded her in death, namely: Peter, Cuthbert and Beverly.
Regina is survived by her daughter, Paulina (Stephen) Allen, grandchildren: Andrew (Clotilde) Tavernier, Bridgette (Ryan) Meade, Ronald (Ameeka) Valentine, Hector Tavernier, Sylvester (Nandia) Benjamin, Steve Patrick Allen, Curtis Tavernier, and Brittany (Bernard) Stewart. Great grandchildren: Juwuan, Darius, Ceion, Paul, Amber, Khalid, Abigail, Brianna, Amelia, Mia, Brian, Zahira, David, and Daniel, nieces, nephews, cousins and numerous friends.

We knew that she was enduring some pain, but like a stoic, she bore it with Christian fortitude. She never complained, never groaned, just prayed the Apostle’s Creed constantly.

Fare thee well, dear Regina. Though you have left us, we will ever remember you; we will never forget you. May Choirs of Angels welcome you, and may Him whom you so sincerely loved receive you at His heavenly throne. Farewell.

A Celebration of Life Visitation will take place on Friday, March 6, 2020 from 6:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. and on Saturday, March 7, 2020 from 10:00 A.M-10:45 A.M.,at Serenity Funeral Home and Cremation, 1450 South State Road 7, North Lauderdale, Florida 33068.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, March 7, 2020 at 11:00 A.M. at Our Lady Queen of Heaven Catholic Church, located next to the funeral home.

Entombment will follow immediately after the Mass at Our Lady Queen of Heaven Catholic Cemetery, next door to the Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to the American Heart Association would be appreciated:
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Friday, March 6th, 2020 | 6:00pm - 9:00pm
    Friday, March 6th, 2020 6:00pm - 9:00pm
    Serenity Funeral Home & Cremation
    1450 S State Road 7
    North Lauderdale, FL 33068
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Second Visitation

    Saturday, March 7th, 2020 | 10:00am - 10:45am
    Saturday, March 7th, 2020 10:00am - 10:45am
    Serenity Funeral Home & Cremation
    1450 S State Road 7
    North Lauderdale, FL 33068
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Saturday, March 7th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Saturday, March 7th, 2020 11:00am
    Our Lady Queen of Heaven Catholic Church
    1400 South State Road 7
    North Lauderdale, FL 33068
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Interment

    Our Lady Queen of Heaven Catholic Cemetery
    1500 South State Road 7
    North Lauderdale, FL 33068
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Bernard Davidson Stewart

Posted at 08:55pm
Grandma, you will be miss by the memories you have shared with me and the many warm Cheech kisses with hugs that kept me smiling. The Love you gave was the greatest ❤️ gift on earth. I will miss you asking can you touch my hair. Then you will giggle and tell me you wish you had long hair like me. I will miss set down times with you and phone times it always a blast when you crack jokes and laughed with US. We will miss the many great stories you share. I miss you greatly I could hear you laughing with me. I'm glad that I got to be around you so positive about Life and I will never forget family times with you.

Brittany Phillips

Posted at 04:47pm
LOVING, JOYFUL, PEACEFUL, PATIENT, KIND, GOOD & KIND HEARTED, FAITHFUL, GENTLE, and SELF CONTROLING if you put all these words together then you got Regina Victor. If I had to pick a scripture to describe Grandma and the life she live it would be Galatians 5:22 because Grandma demonstrated the fruit of the spirit by the life she lived. She was very loving to everyone both near and far known and unknown. She didn’t care who you were she had a true love for you. Grandma was just truly a loving and caring person. She was joyful she had true joy always happy even in her time of pain she was joyful had a smile on her face and always laughed with me. I was her little jokester and she brought joy where there was none at times. Peaceful was her nickname. I personally never saw Grandma outside of her peace or the peace of God. Patient was who she was. I had to learn a thing or two from her about patience and what better way to learn then by being shown. She would always tell me “Patience was a virtue.” She was always good and kind hearted to everyone she came across. This was her all the time. She was faithful and true to her calling to serve the Lord. Her soft, sweet, gentle voice gave a sense of peace. Where there could and should have been anger she was sweet and gentle. We all know Grandma was classy so she walked with self-control and didn’t step out of her character. Grandma I know they say give a person their flowers while they are living I can no longer do that so I want to give you flowers one more time I love you always and forever Grandma. Love always your little Jokester Brittany.

Lauretta John Robin

Posted at 11:09pm
The only true mark of who we are is how we have lived; the effect we have had

on those around us. Tantina was a woman who has only ever had a positive

effect on my life, as I’m sure she has for so many others. Her work ethic and

dedication to her family was unmatched. She worked so hard to make sure

everyone in her life was taken care of, to bring her children a better life. She was

always so thoughtful. Despite living far away, she made sure to send Christmas

cards every year, and she was there for me at the worst of times when it meant

the most, when my mom was sick and for her funeral. She conveyed so much

strength in not only how she raised her family, but the fortitude she mustered

having to bury so many loved ones as well. May we all find a way to lead from

her example, to find that inner strength within ourselves and to use it to go

forward in love and to take care of those we cherish.

Your grand niece Lauretta Robin

Kevin keitt

Posted at 05:25am
Another angel sent back to heaven you will be always....kevin
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Philmoore George Joseph

Posted at 02:54pm
"Regina Victor" will remain in our hearts forever.Sorry I will not be abble to come to the funeral:As you grieve know that we are remembering you:
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