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David Michael “Curly” Sampson was born on February 1, 1964, to Carol Sampson-King(Crawford) and the late Robert Sampson in Jersey City, NJ and moved to North Plainfield, NJ in 2005. David worked for the Port Authority as an engineer for PATH Trains and was the CEO of Diversified Video Productions. David was a faithful member of Victory Fellowship Christian Center, Jersey City, NJ, under the leadership of Pastor Lee V. Roper, Jr.

When growing up, David loved to play all the time and because he was so mischievous and loved to joke, he was always put on punishment. David attended Sacred Heart Catholic School and P.S.#15 and was a member of Dwight Street Bible Chapel which later became St. Andrews C.O.G.I.C. under the leadership of then Elder now Bishop William T. Cahoon. David grew greatly in Christ under the leadership of Bishop William T. Cahoon and became more involved in church ministry and even played the organ from time to time. David along with Erik Bennett and Gerald Stevenson (now deceased) started a gospel singing group called “The Voices of Light”. While they all sang, David also played the drums and the organ. When David was a young adult, Bishop Cahoon lead by the Holy Spirit prayed for and anointed David’s “hands” because God was going to do great things in David’s life. And it seems from that day forward, God did just that, both spiritually and naturally. David by the works of those anointed hands affected many people’s lives, whether it was from working on cars, plumbing and roofing, and through his music and even his artistry of videography and photography. David was blessed to help others in so many ways, and desired to encourage people to live healthier lives, thru proper diet and to have self-awareness of their health issues. If David knew you were ill or down emotionally or spiritually he always took time to check on you and to make sure you were doing well. His attitude was always positive, always encouraging, always praising, always faithful, always wanting to see the other person prosper both naturally and spiritually. David was a lover of people and he was also a strong believer in the family and honoring loved ones especially his Mother who he held in great esteem. He cared about everyone and it didn’t matter who you were. He had a heart of gold filled with love and was always willing to share that with those he came in contact with. David’s greatest love was for his Lord and Savior. He adored and loved his wife beyond measure and demonstrated that love to his Wife Gerri and all his children. There was nothing that he wouldn’t do for them and every part of his life depicts just that. David was a man of God, a beloved son, a devoted husband, a caring and compassionate friend, and a faithful and tremendous warrior in Christ. David fought a good fight; He finished the race, all because of his faith.

On March 31, 2014, David crossed over to a land of joy and everlasting love, where his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ welcomed him home. David was the devoted and loving husband of Geraldine Sampson(Brooks); beloved father of Jerell Sampson, TaNeisha Cooper, David Tyre Sampson, Jaida Sampson, and Deven Sampson; loving son of Carol Sampson-King and the late Robert Sampson and step-father Thomas King; cherished brothers, Danen Sampson, Sean Sampson, Robert Thomas, Aaron Clark, Arnold TC Clark and Lyssa Stevenson his longtime devoted friend and sister; adored sister-in-law Gussie Myers, brothers-in-law Johnny Brooks (Theresa), Donnell Brooks; loving Aunt Cornelia Kay Bennett, his loving Uncles Kenneth P. Crawford, Demetrius D. Bennett and Erik E. Bennett, and a host of loving nieces, nephews, and other loving relatives and a myriad of devoted friends.

Sunrise: February 1, 1964
Sunset: March 31, 2014

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Captain Cornell Avery Scott (affectionately known as 'Sonny' by his family and 'Scotty' by his friends) was born on August 16, 1935 in Jersey City, NJ to the late Samuel C. and Susan Pearson Scott. Scotty was the youngest of three sons born to this union.

Scotty graduated from Henry Snyder High School and attended John Jay College of Criminal Justice. After standing in for a blind date arranged by his mother for his brother HB who failed to show, he met the woman who would become his wife, Cynthia. They married in 1957 and enjoyed a wonderful, loving life together.

In 1965, Scotty joined the Jersey City Police Department (JCPD) and was a patrolman assigned to the 4th Precinct (later referred to as the West District). In 1967, Scotty was selected for the Officer Friendly Program, a model program to acquaint children with law enforcement officials as part of a community relations campaign, and began visiting the Jersey City District Schools speaking to students about 'safety and stranger danger'. In 1971, Scotty was promoted to Sergeant on Patrol and two years later, was assigned to the Internal Affairs Unit, a body of staff responsible for investigating the conduct of other officers.

In 1976, Scotty was promoted to Lieutenant and became the first Black Commander of the JCPD Internal Affairs Unit. Twelve years later, he was promoted to the rank of Captain and in 1990, he was asked to command the West District. He was the first Black Commander of the West District and under his command, the District received many commendations from the Mayor and the community. He served in the role until his retirement from the Department in 2000.

Following his retirement, he was called upon by the Jersey City Administration to assist in the 9/11 Recovery efforts. Scotty was a founding member of the Charlie Mays Scholarship Foundation and in 2015, he was inducted into the Trailblazers Pioneers of Jersey City. Scotty loved flying, boating, photography, music, his family and was an extensive world traveler, exploring dozens of countries with his wife by his side.

Scotty was pre-deceased by the love of his life, Cynthia Hill Scott and his two brothers, the Honorable Judge Samuel C. Scott II and Henry Benjamin (HB) Scott. He leaves to cherish his memory his son, David Scott (Patricia), daughter, Diane Scott, nephew, Samuel C. Scott III (Dona), niece,Sharen Mays, granddaughters, Danielle Grant-Keane (Devin) and Kimberly Scott, grandnephew Steven Christopher Scott (Dalila), and grandniece, Devon Thomas (Eric), cousin and close companion, Carolyn Scott Nelson, cousins Scott Nelson (Catherine) and Jennifer Nelson and a host of other relatives and friends.