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Elry Melvin Taylor was born on April 19, 1956 in Jersey City to the late Eugene and Blondell (Richardson) Taylor. He was the loving companion of the late Lee Whitehead and special friend of Sandy Samuels.

Elry grew up in Jersey City and was educated in the Jersey City Public Schools. Elry was industrious, and was employed by New Jersey Transit for 20+ years, until his health began to fail.

Family and work were the center of Elry’s life. He loved playing cards, watching old movies, and spending time with family. Throughout his life Elry maintained a calm and even tempered demeanor. He was a kind, considerate and loving person with a heart of gold, never asking for anything, yet always giving all that he had. Even in his last days, he possessed the strength of a king, never complaining. He was a good sport until the end.

In the midst of a life full of smiles, Elry said good bye, one by one to:

His parents: Eugene and Blondell (Richardson) Taylor

His companion: Lee Whitehead

His brothers: Eugene, Gary and Michael Taylor

His nephews: Frank Brown Jr. and Michael Taylor

Elry leaves to cherish his memory - Sisters: Janice(Frank) Brown, Gloria (Bernard) Fullard, Deborah (Charles) Murchison and Lillian Scott; Brothers: Willie and Freddie (Larinda) Taylor; Stepdaughters: Brenda, Janice and Theresa Whitehead; Stepson: Bernard Whitehead; Aunts/uncle: Mattie Lou Page, Ed and Sara Richardson; Grandson: Gerard Whitehead and a host of loving relatives and friends.

Although we will miss Elry’s laughter and unforgettable smile, his spirit will always dwell in our hearts.

For everything there is a season and a time for every purposed under the heaven. A time to be born, and a time to die. A time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted. A time to kill and a time to heal, a time to break down and a time to build up. A time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance. A time to cast away stones and a time to gather stones together. A time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing. A time to rend and a time to sow, a time to keep silence and a time to speak. A time to love and time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace. (Ecclesiastes 3, 1-8)

Sunrise: April 19, 1956
Sunset: January 17, 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.