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The life of Dr. Patricia C. Bryant, though very short, was rich and well-lived. She lived a meaningful and purposeful life.

Jersey City was her cradle and she was a lifelong resident of this great city, which she loved, and in turn, Jersey City loved her.

Patricia is preceded in death by her beloved mother Harriet E. Bryant, father James L. Bryant Sr., brother James L. Bryant Jr. and daughter Shayla S. Todd-McClain. Surviving to cherish Patricia’s precious memory are sisters Karin M. Bryant and Sherine Robinson; great uncle Theodore V. O’Kelly; aunts Gloria W. Nelson, Marion V. Russell, and Frances G. Wilson; uncle Robert Wilson; former son-in-law Frank McClain; grandchildren Joseph, Frank, Samuel, Isis, Quintana, and Evalise; great grandchildren Harmony and Jocelyn; nieces Taisha Shorter, Racheal Vaughn (David), Tiara Robinson; nephew James L Bryant III (Karima); great nieces Kiara, Kylan, Niani, Khloe, Kora, A’siyaa; great nephews Keith (Jessica), Ra-Quan, Danaya, Dareon, Jalen, Akil, Zion, Clarence; great great niece Kiannah; goddaughter Shakira and a host of family and friends.

Patricia was born September 3, 1955. She was one of three children born to the Late Harriet E. Bryant and the Late James L. Bryant, Sr. At an early age, it was evident that Pat would pursue a career in education. She would often surround her sister, Karin, with stuffed animals and pretend they were her students.

As a child, she attended St. Patrick’s Grammar School and graduated from the Academy of St. Aloysius. As a young lady, She earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the College of St. Elizabeth in Convent Station, NJ. During that time Pat met and married the Late Recardo F. Todd. The union was blessed with her beloved daughter, the Late Shayla S. Todd-McClain. Patricia was an excellent mother and her daughter, Shayla was the joy of her life.

Pat’s passion for education prompted her to continue her studies. She earned a Master of Arts Degree from St. Peter’s College in Jersey City, NJ. Later, she returned to her alma mater, The College of Saint Elizabeth, and obtained a Doctorate in Educational Leadership.

True to her calling, upon her college graduation, Pat began her teaching career at St. Patrick’s Grammar School, where she taught grades six, eight, and kindergarten. Then in 1982, Pat began working at the Jersey City Child Development Centers, also known as “Head Start”. It truly takes a big heart to shape little minds and our Pat had the greatest heart you can imagine. She taught four-year olds at the Curries Woods Housing Complex for two years, and then became an Education Supervisor in 1984. In 1986, Dr. Patricia Bryant began working for the East Orange Board of Education.

In September of 1989, Pat was very excited to hear that Jersey City Public Schools would begin a preschool program called the “Urban Pre-kindergarten Pilot Program” and began teaching three-year olds at the Julia A. Barnes School #12, thus luring Patricia back to Jersey City.

In 1992, she became the Early Childhood Assistant Supervisor. Then in 1995, Pat was promoted to the position of Early Childhood Language Arts Supervisor. Shortly thereafter, in 1998, she was selected to be the principal of the Dr. Charles P. DeFuccio School #39.

All who knew Pat, are well aware that she was an ambassador for Early Childhood Education. Therefore, becoming the Director of Early Childhood in September 2003 was not a surprise to anyone, but instead a given. As life would have it, in May of 2005, she became the Associate Superintendent of the Early Childhood Department, a very well deserved title.

Under Dr. Bryant’s leadership, the Early Childhood Department, a program that she championed, and has since flourished. It has gone on to become a premiere district for Early Childhood education. Visitors from New York, Washington, and Iceland have come to observe the high quality Preschool Program provided to students in Jersey City. Dr. Bryant’s dedication and work ethic have certainly left its mark on all of us and the children of Jersey City.

Dr. Patricia Bryant was a great giant in every sense of the word and will leave a massive void in the hearts of everyone she met along the way.

Sunrise: September 3, 1955
Sunset: April 12, 2016

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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.