Serge Fournier Funeral and Memorial Campaign
While riding the bus home after running errands, Serge Fournier was pushed violently from behind by a young women who was told to "be nicer to people" after reportedly being rude to fellow passengers.
Serge fell on his head and died from his injuries on April 23. He was 74 years old. He leaves behind his daughter and long time partner of 24 years Miss Esther, who he cherished.
Funeral services are yet to be held until his autopsy is complete. Funds from this campaign will be used to help cover expenses for his Funeral/Celebration of Life Memorial, rent and general living expenses for Miss Esther.
Serge and Ester moved to Las Vegas in 2004 and have lived at the Desert Plaza Apartments for 14 years. Fellow residents remember Serge's compassion, kindness, generosity and loving spirit.
"Serge and Esther were the first ones to welcome me to Las Vegas with open arms when I first started working here at Desert Plaza. They treated me like family when I knew no one"
Serge loved Disney and was an avid collector of lots of things. He was known to giveaway his treasures "Just because that's who he was"
This senseless act of violence has shaken our Las Vegas community while also leaving Serge's beloved Miss Esther and his daughter with unexpected expenses. Miss Esther's rent is covered for June at the start of this campaign. As they we're not married, Miss Esther can not benefit from Serge's social security.
There's nothing we can do to ease the families pain, but we can make Serge proud and take care of the his wife Miss Esther so she can have some financial breathing room during this time.
Let's do this Las Vegas.
We've understandably gotten some questions in regards to the origin of this campaign and allocation of the funds for Miss Esther.
Our goal is to always be open, and transparent at all times, as we understand everyone's concern throughout the community for her well being.
A bit of background...Last Friday the RJ posted a story about a sale being put on by the residents where Miss Esther lived with Serge to help raise money for her.
I saw the story late in the afternoon and headed down around 3:30 to get information as the sale was ending at 4. I didn't have cash but wanted to see if any fundraisers were planned. I was referred to Melody, the property manager who's been helping Miss Esther these past few weeks. She's also a co-manager on this campaign.
Through our conversation, it was expressed help was needed in setting up a GoFunddMe for Miss Esther. We spoke at length about Miss Esther needing help with her rent first and foremost plus general living expenses down the line. In losing her partner Serge, she also lost half her household income unexpectedly.
While this page was setup quickly after our meeting last week, it had been almost a month since Serge's passing. Miss Esther's rent was only covered until June through the fundraising sale, which is where the concern and need for action came.
I haven't met or spoken to Serge's daughter but wanted to ensure she was acknowledged. The purpose of this fundraiser has always been to support Miss Esther with her expenses, whatever they may be, including funeral costs when the time comes.
As Miss Esther has full control of the funds, she'll have the power to use the money as she see's fit based on her needs.
We hope this adds clarity and comfort in knowing that your generous donations are going directly where intended. We'll continue to post updates in the coming weeks. If you have questions, please feel free to reach out anytime.
We wanted to let everyone know we sat down with Miss Esther this morning and got her bank account linked so she can start receiving your donations! It'll take 2-5 days for the initial funds to be released. Please note, Miss Esther is the only person with access to these funds.
Future donations will be released directly to her bank account as they come in. We still have more work to do, so please keep sharing the GFM link, encouraging others to donate any amount they can. Every little bit helps and has a direct impact.
Thank you again for your kind donations and stepping up so quickly to support Serge and Miss Esther!