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Alleem Adolphus Humber was born on March 18, 1942, in Kingston, Jamaica to the late Ethel Jestina Bedward-Woolley, and the late Milford Adolphus Humber. Family and friends know Alleem as “Blue.” Blue is a nickname Alleem got after neighbors in Jamaica saw him in the tenement yard wearing a blue suit his mother had made for him. The neighbors would say, “Look at the cute little boy, blue.” From that moment, Alleem was known as “Blue.” Blue grew up in Kingston and graduated from St. Andrew Technical High School. Several years after high school, Blue had his first child in 1964, Erica Ann-Marie Humber. Blue also attended The College of Arts Science and Technology (CAST), where he obtained an Associate degree in Telecommunication in 1965. While still in Jamaica, Blue took a technology course based in Chicago. The knowledge he received from this course and his love for technology enabled him to build the first and only radio for the tenement yard where he lived. The radio was an electrifying and generous contribution for Blue’s neighbors because nobody in the tenement had owned a radio before. Blue was well on his way to pursuing a career in technology.
While living in Jamaica, Blue worked for the Gleaner Newspaper Company, the Alcan Bauxite Mining Company, and the Jamaica Telephone and Telegraph Company. In 1967, Blue migrated to The United States to pursue his passion for education and further his studies in electronics. He attended The University of Massachusetts Lowell (UMass Lowell), earning a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering in 1977. Between 1976 and 2006, Blue worked for many Hi-Tech Engineering Companies, including Honeywell Company, Sanders Associates, Digital Equipment Corporation, and BAE Systems.
While employed at General Electric, Blue met Ana Victoria Melo Espinosa. In 1978, Blue and Ana married and moved to Salem, New Hampshire, where they welcomed their son Alleem Adolphus Humber, Jr., and later their daughter, Nadiyah Jameellah Humber. As the years passed, Alleem remarried Jelly Pagente Humber.
In memory of Blue, Jelly shared, “Alleem and I met on October 25, 2013. He visited me and my children in Cebu, Philippines in the spring of 2014. My daughter and I eventually migrated to the United States in October of 2017. Alleem and I got married on December 22, 2017. I will cherish his memory.”
Blue possessed a wealth of wisdom and knowledge, which he shared with his children and many nieces and nephews. He loved his grandchildren; they brought him much joy and happiness. His son Alleem shared, “Being a father and seeing my daughter, Aria, call him for help on her homework or to say ‘hi’ always touched my heart. The greatest compliment he ever gave me was that he loved seeing Aria and I interacting and wished I could have been his dad. I always said, ‘Who do you think I learned from?’”
His daughter Nadiyah shared, “My father believed wholeheartedly that education was the path toward personal and professional success. The most cherished trait my father passed down to me was his love of learning. The highlight of our time together was sharing stories, interests, hopes, and dreams about school, work, new educational programs, and degrees. Anything and everything related to school was what we both loved. My father is the reason why I am a forever student and a lover of learning. I am eternally grateful to him for teaching me the value of education.
One of Blue’s passions was photography, which he initially started as a hobby but realized how much he loved the art. Blue took his hobby to the next level and, of course, attended classes to enhance his craft. Blue was dubbed a “professional student” by his family because he loved taking courses to learn new skills. As his talents improved, he eventually started a photography business capturing weddings and other special events. Blue combined his love for teaching and photography at his alma mater, UMass Lowell, where he taught photography as an adjunct professor for several years.
Blue was preceded in death by his daughter, Erica Ann-Marie Humber, and his brother Locksley Bryan. Blue is survived by: his wife, Jelly Pagente Humber, who will cherish his memory, and his former wife and dear friend, Ana Melo Espinosa; his children and their spouses, Alleem Adolphus Humber Jr. (Jaime L. Humber) and Nadiyah Jameellah Humber (Jeremy M. Carroll); his three grandchildren, Aria M. Humber, Hendrix J.J. Carroll, Anna-Sofia E. Carroll; his siblings, Lloyd Humber, Clive Humber, Dulcie Anderson, Michael Humber, and Clayton Palmer; his many nieces and nephews; and, a host of other relatives and friends. Blue, you are loved and will be dearly missed.
Family and friends are invited to an hour of visitation on Thursday December 21, 2023 from 11 am to Noon at the Goundrey Dewhirst Funeral Home, 42 Main Street Salem, NH. A celebration of life service will follow the visitation on Thursday at Noon at the funeral Home. To leave an online condolence, please visit Alleem's tribute page at www.goundreydewhirstfuneral.com.