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Elvira Woolridge (nicknamed “mother nature”) was born on August 8 1961, to the late Deacon Benjamin Franklin Woolridge Jr. and the late Fannie Irene Woolridge. Elvira transitioned from her earthly tent on June 24, 2014.

A native of Jersey City, Elvira received spiritual instruction under the pastoral leadership of Monumental Baptist Church. Elvira was baptized by the late Dr. Ercel F. Webb; and continued to be encouraged in her faith through the spiritual nourishment provided by the current Pastors: Rev. Joseph L. Jones, Sr. Senior Pastor and Rev. Annie Rea Jones, Assistant Pastor.

In her early years of life, she faithfully attended Sunday School, Vacation Bible School and was a member of the Baptist Youth Fellowship Program. Elvira’s favorite Sunday School teacher was Mrs. Gloria Felder whom she fondly called, Ms. Light and Sweet. Elvira also recalled fond memories of participation in the Saturday Afternoon Co-Ed Bowling under the late Anna Johnson.

Elvira and her family were an intimate part of the “Curries Woods” extended family community and were well known by all. Elvira attended Public School # 30 for grades kindergarten through 3rd grade and Public School #40 for grades 4th through 8th grades. She attended and graduated from Henry Snyder High School. After high school, Elvira served her country through the United States Army.

Elvira loved to bring joy to others by making them laugh! Gifted with a quick wit, Elvira would have you laughing after spending just a few moments in her presence. This gift of comic relief permeated her life and continued through her last days; even on her sick bed, she used her waning voice to give her visitors’ one final laugh.

Elvira’s ability to break the chain of sadness with humor will continue to touch the fabric of our lives.

Predeceased by her parents Deacon Benjamin Franklin Woolridge Jr, and Fannie Irene Woolridge; she now joins them in the heavenly realms.

She is survived by her anchor and sister Darlene Woolridge, niece Jacqueline Jacara Bennett, Godmother Savilla Odoms, Great Aunt Mary Kingcade McNair, Aunt Elvira Richardson, cousins Denise Watson (Stanley) and Wayne Richardson (Shana), Gregory Woolridge (Laurie), Barbara West, Thomas McMillian,(Laurie) and Reverend Lynn Turner(Patty), military friend (Grandma) Phyllis B. Washington of North Augusta South Carolina, lifelong companion Mark McBride, the Monumental Baptist Church Family, the Curries Woods Extended Family Community and a host of other relatives and friends.

Sunrise: August 8 1961
Sunset: June 24, 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.