A Mattapan man well-loved in Bostonâ€™s tight-knit Haitian community lost his life last Wednesday afternoon (May 20) when his motorcycle collided with a car on Blue Hill Avenue near the corner of Clarkwood Street. Yves Guery, Jr. 28, died at the scene of the accident, which happened at about 3:30 p.m.
Geury â€” or â€œJuniorâ€ as he was widely knownâ€” was a motorcycle enthusiast who enjoyed traveling to his native Haiti, dancing and working out. He was mourned this week by friends and family who recalled his ready smile and willingness to help others.
â€œHe was proud to be Haitian and would tell anybody about it,â€ said his cousin Belinda Ancion. â€œAs far as the accident, is concerned, he died doing what he loved to do. He was very proud of his bike.â€
Gueryâ€™s close friend Emmanuel Jean-Michel, 31, of Hyde Park, said that he met Junior as a student at Hyde Park High School. Guedy once worked as a delivery driver for Pepsi and drove trucks for a living, Jean-Michel said.
â€œBikes were his passion,â€ Jean-Michel said. â€œThat and Carnival in Haiti. He never missed it.â€
Clifford Aurisma, 28, of Dedham, said Guery was â€œlike a brother to me.â€
â€œI can describe him as a free spirited guy, never about drama or anything that would have trouble in it. Junior wouldnâ€™t want to be part of that. He wanted to have fun and make people happy. In our group, he was our motivator. He would always get us going and keep us going.â€
Sahadia Bleus met Guery when he signed up at Personalized Fitness, the gym where she works in Hyde Park.
â€œNormally you donâ€™t become friends that way, but he was a great guy, very friendly and humble, always welcoming,â€ Bleus said. â€œIf you were having a bad day, having Junior come through the door- as if heâ€™s staff- he gave you that warm feeling. It was such a pleasure to have him as a friend. His smile and presence was comforting.â€
Guery will be waked on Friday at Russo Funeral Home, 814 American Legion Highway, 7-9 p.m. A funeral Mass will be held at St. Angelaâ€™s Church in Mattapan Square on Saturday morning.