Helarion Cleveden Bacchus

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Born on October 21, 1950

Departed on November 30, 2018 and resided in Ossining, NY

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Helarion Cleveden Bacchus better known as Tojo was born on October 21, 1950 in Paradise East Coast Demerara, Guyana South America to Mother Amelia Bacchus and Father Clarence Kenneth Bacchus. He was the last surviving child of his Parents subsequently after four of his siblings passed away young in childhood before he was born.
In 1961 at a young age of eleven Tojo lost his Father suddenly and now had to begin his journey into manhood at a young age, but was supported during that time by his Father's Twin Brother Bryant Bacchus while living with his Mother Amelia Bacchus. During this time he would spend a great deal of his time with his Uncle Bryant's children. They would all grow together like Brothers and Sisters.
Tojo attended Golden Grove Secondary School, where he would graduate at the age of eighteen years old. Tojo would follow in his Father's and Uncle's footsteps and join the Police Force for eight years when in 1976 he migrated to the United States.
He would find employment with TSS Department Store in Brooklyn NY at the time. He would work there for several years when in 1984 he joined Montefiore Medical Center/Einstein Division, Bronx, NY where he would work for the next 32 years, working his way up to supervisor. He would always travel back and forth home to his roots in Guyana, he loved going home and staying close to his fellow country men to see how he could help them in anyway.
Tojo is survived by his wife Michaelle his son Eric Cleveden Bacchus, Stepson Michael Williams, stepdaughter Maureen Criscitelli, daughters-in-law Melanie Bacchus, Barbara Williams and son-in-law Tim Criscitelli and his grandchildren Kierra, Rommel, Alex, Dean, Amelia, Cameron, Sophia and Amayah as well as
his first cousins (who are more like siblings), Mervyn Bacchus, Michael Bacchus, Albert Bacchus, June Bacchus, Orin Bacchus, Simone Bacchus and Winston Bacchus.
Tojo was a uncle to many but some of his notable nephews and nieces include Carlos Bacchus, Carl Bacchus, Lionel Bacchus, Cindy Bacchus, Cleon Bacchus, Mark Bacchus, Dacia Bacchus, Andre Bacchus, Deanna Bacchus, Matthew Bacchus and Rolston Agard.
Some Notable cousins Godfrey Grandison, Patrick Grandison, Terrence Grandison, Nigel Grandison, Beverly Grandison, Pam Cranmore, Carmen Lyte.
Tojo Knew many people near and far all over the world and he made his presence known when he walked through your door and when he left. His voice will be remembered and will resonate in your ears for many years to come.
We would like to thank you all for being apart of his life and he knows you as you knew him. Tojo showed stength and love right up untill his last days.

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  1. Bryant Bacchus December 6, 2018 at 9:49 am - Reply

    You will be missed my big brother. God is worthy to be praised even though we don’t understand everything you are in a better place.

  2. Colin December 6, 2018 at 10:51 am - Reply

    Tojo was always a cool guy with no pretensions. Always transparent. Always seemed accepting of the hand he was dealt. So much we can learn from him.

  3. Eric & Melanie Bacchus December 6, 2018 at 2:00 pm - Reply

    Dad you will be miss dearly, words cannot begin to Express how we feel about you that you are no longer with us!


    We thought of you with love today. 
    But that is nothing new. 
    We thought about you yesterday. 
    And days before that too. 
    We think of you in silence. 
    We often speak your name. 
    Now all we have is memories. 
    And your picture in a frame. 
    Your memory is our keepsake. 
    With which we’ll never part. 
    God has you in his keeping. 
    We have you in our heart.. 

    We love you Dad!

  4. Jacintha Mullings December 6, 2018 at 2:58 pm - Reply

    You will forgive be in the hearts of your love ones. May your memories live on.

  5. Shelley Escourse-wilkerson December 6, 2018 at 2:59 pm - Reply

    We love you

  6. Vannessa Escourse December 6, 2018 at 3:06 pm - Reply

    Cousin Cleveden aka Tojo, When I heard the news Of your passing ,I was in disbelief and shock 😢..You were Positive,Humble, a hard worker, always wanted to do more to help your fellow countrymen…
    You will be miss..
    RIP Cousin Cleveden🙏🏾

  7. Mrs E M Dowarka December 6, 2018 at 3:14 pm - Reply

    My condolences to the family on the passing of Mr Bacchus. May you R.I.P

  8. The benson family December 6, 2018 at 3:37 pm - Reply

    Sorry for your family lost… we are here if you need and thing…

  9. Carol Escourse December 6, 2018 at 5:04 pm - Reply

    Tojo when I think of you all I see is you smiling, that’s how I’ve always seen you RIP my dear friend/family. My condolence to my cousin Eric and the rest of the family.

  10. Patrick Grandison December 6, 2018 at 5:41 pm - Reply

    My deepest sympathy goes out to you Eric, and the rest of the family members. My cousin Cleveden was a wonderful person, who was greatly loved, and will be greatly missed. Please find comfort in the promise of God.
    1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 I pray that you would feel God’s comfort at this time.

  11. Sia Alpha December 7, 2018 at 6:42 am - Reply

    My deepest sympathy, condolences and love, to Eric and the Bacchus family. Praying for you deeply, Godbrother. May God’s angels surround you Melanie, the children, and Godmother Barbara, during this very difficult time.💕🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾

  12. Allison lawewnce escourse December 7, 2018 at 8:37 am - Reply

    My deepest sympathy Eric and the Bacchus family your dad was an awesome guy may his soul Rio🙏🙏

  13. Eula Bacchus December 7, 2018 at 12:26 pm - Reply

    I am honored and blessed to have known you Cleveden you was truly a blessing and a wonderful father to our Son Eric. Eric i hope that our Lord brings you and your family the much-needed peace during this sad time. My condolences to you and your family.

  14. Edward Thomas December 7, 2018 at 2:12 pm - Reply

    Condolences from the Thomas family to the Baccus’. The Cove and John police compound family chain has lost another link. It will be surely missed. Tojo, R.I.P.

  15. Sharon Simon December 7, 2018 at 7:42 pm - Reply

    My condolence to the entire Bacchus family.

  16. Winston English December 7, 2018 at 10:01 pm - Reply

    We will never get accustomed to these farewells,
    Especially when it’s so unexpected.
    However, he’s left fond memories with us.
    Always looked forward to a conversation with Tojoe while he worked at Einstein Hospital.
    Deepest condolences to his wife and extended family
    May he Rest In Peace.

  17. Nellie Waldron December 8, 2018 at 6:58 am - Reply

    May his soul RIP

  18. Annabelle Clarke (Pinky Cunningham) December 8, 2018 at 9:49 am - Reply

    Please accept my condolences! I miss him!
    I trust you’ll find comfort as you remember your time together! May the peace of God surround you and your family in this time of mourning!

  19. Ken Douglas December 8, 2018 at 11:48 am - Reply

    May Tojo’s family find solace in their faith as Booza transitions from Paradise to PARADISE.

  20. Cameil Simon December 8, 2018 at 1:42 pm - Reply

    You will be miss RIP

  21. Dan and Gina Criscitelli December 8, 2018 at 4:14 pm - Reply

    Cleve will be missed by all, and we will always remember the great man that he was. Our thoughts are with your family.

  22. Deryck Kingston Sr December 8, 2018 at 10:25 pm - Reply

    My deepest sympathy and utmost condolence to the grieving friends and families of Cleveden Bacchus. Memories don’t leave like people do; Tojo, you will always be remembered as you were then in Golden Grove Government Secondary School in the late sixties. May your soul RIP & RIP; Rest In Peace & Raise In Paradise, inJesus NameI pray, Amen!

  23. Jermin Cockfield December 8, 2018 at 10:34 pm - Reply

    He will be truely missed

  24. Waveney Moore December 9, 2018 at 7:46 am - Reply

    My sincere condolances and heartfelt sympathy to the Bacchus Family. From Cove & John police compound to Golden Grove secondary school, police out rider/escort, that is not all. What about the tantalising, the jokes and laughter. I know those buddies of yours who are in grief and total disbelief. Sleep on Tojo have your peaceful rest. God only choose the best.

  25. Pamela Grandison Cranmore (cousin) and Frederick Cranmore (friend) December 9, 2018 at 3:50 pm - Reply

    Our deepest sympathy to Eric and family.

    CLEVEDEN, For all that you were to us- Stalwart Friend and Family, we will remember you and continually thank you for that memory.

    After all you lived a life of substance and passion,your bold humanity stood guarding the wisdom of your simplicity and humility,which now is our solace

    For those of us you have left behind when you so cunningly slipped into The Eternal Stream,we see that smile and know that you have wrapped your blessed consciousness about us…We Feel It… And for that we will always love you! RIP

  26. Odinga Bacchus December 9, 2018 at 8:26 pm - Reply

    I have so many memories of you, when I was growing up. But the my most vivid was when you were a police officer and outrider earlier on for the president. My condolences to Eric and the rest of the family. Rest In Peace, Cleveland.

  27. Beverly Grandison December 9, 2018 at 9:38 pm - Reply

    Eric my condolence to you and your family , I asked the Lord to give you the strength U need and to comfort you in your time of sorrow .i love u!!!

  28. Liz Buckridge December 10, 2018 at 1:26 pm - Reply

    To all who are affected by this loss, including myself .. I was so sad to hear the news about Cleve.. I did not know him very well, but I knew he was a kind gentlemen who left this earth way too soon . Cleve- you will be dearly missed by all friends and family who love you..
    May you Rest In Peace , always looking down on your loved ones knowing you will never be forgotten , but always be loved .
    With heartfelt sympathy , Liz B.

  29. Beverly Grandison December 11, 2018 at 6:29 pm - Reply

    May your soul rest in peace Cleveden.

  30. Derek saunders December 11, 2018 at 8:36 pm - Reply

    As I reflect on the halcyon times we spent as teenagers (you, me, Michael and Andrew) at Cove and John in the police compound, I give thanks for the opportunity of knowing you. The four of us were all born in the same year separated by months. Your passing has a significant effect on me as I think of my own mortality. It gives me pause. I take this opportunity to extend on behalf of the Saunders family, our sincerest condolences to your wife, children, grandchildren and all of your loved ones. It was a pleasure knowing you, my friend. Until we meet again.

  31. Michael Ashton Bacchus December 12, 2018 at 5:11 am - Reply

    From your eldest brother. The end has come in this world, at 68 plus, my brother. We will meet when my end comes, until then, lots of blessings and may your soul rest in peace.

  32. SANDRA BACCHUS December 12, 2018 at 3:29 pm - Reply

    You were my whispering buddy Tojo, and I will miss you so much with your words of wisdom. You are now in the comforting arms your father. Rest In Peace my dear, and I will forever miss you.

  33. June P Agard December 12, 2018 at 3:32 pm - Reply

    From your eldest sister June, will be looking over you.

  34. Ronetta Lewis December 12, 2018 at 5:02 pm - Reply

    Our condolences to you and your family during this time. You always had a smile on ur face and I will miss. We love u…..The Bacchus, Lewis, Neptune family

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