The 57-year-old Jersey City man who died days after being injured trying to break up a fight at a Jersey City bar last week was president of the Jersey City Cricket Club and is sorely missed by his nine brothers and five sisters.
“He was a very smart guy and a very humble person,” Daydatt Kaulessar, 65, said yesterday of his brother, Benie Kaulesar, who was pronounced dead at Jersey City Medical Center-Barnabas Health at 3:30 p.m. Saturday. “He was loved by everyone because of his personality. He was very kind, very helpful and a very loving person. We miss him a lot.”
Kaulesar was struck while trying to break up an argument some time between 1 and 2 a.m. on Aug. 16 at Kearney and West Side avenues, police said.
Cornelius Ramadhar, 38, of Bartholdi Avenue, has been charged with aggravated assault. The Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office is awaiting the results of a postmortem to determine if Ramadhar will face homicide charges.
Daydatt Kaulessar said that on Aug. 15, his brother was at a fundraiser for his cricket team at a Union Street home, and after leaving around midnight, he went to the Palm Court Restaurant and Bar, at Kearney and West Side avenues, owned by a neighbor.
Kaulessar said his brother was with a friend who got into a verbal dispute with a man the friend had a prior confrontation with.
“They were in a fight, and my brother was trying to break it up. I was told he was punched from the back, he fell and hit his head,” said Daydatt Kaulessar, whose last name is spelled differently.
The police report indicates the victim was in a coma when first responders arrived and believed “the coma was a result of a neurological incident which caused the victim to have a seizure, fall to the ground and go into coma state.”
“But the doctor said no that’s not it,” the brother said yesterday. “He was in cardiac arrest. He wasn’t breathing for a long time. He said if someone gave him CPR he would be alive today. There are a lot of stories. They are inconsistent. You hear a lot of things.”
Born in Guyana, Benie Kaulesar, of Old Bergen Road, came to the U.S. in 1977, working first at a printing company in New York and later in trucking. At the time he died, he was semi-retired. He was kept alive until his organs could be donated. He has a 35-year-old son, Daydatt said.
Benie Kaulesar’s body remains at the state Regional Medical Examiner’s Office in Newark. Funeral arrangements will be handled by Greenville Memorial Home on Danforth Avenue in Jersey City. (NJ.com)