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Harriet E. Bryant was born on January 18,1930 in Bayonne, NJ from the union of Mr. Thomas Isiah Russell and Ms. Grace Parham. From this union six children were born, Thomas Isiah Jr. (deceased), Marion V. Russell, Gloria W. Nelson, Frances G. Wilson and Flora Russell (deceased).

Harriet attended grammar school in Bayonne, NJ and graduated from Bayonne High School where she enjoyed volunteering for various activities. As a young adult, Harriet met and married James L. Bryant Sr. From this union three children were born, James L. Bryant Jr., Dr. Patricia C. Bryant and Karin M. Bryant. The family resided in Jersey City, NJ and attended Saint Patrick’s Church.

Harriet started her career as an operator at Bell Atlantic (now AT&T) and worked her way up to management. Harriet balanced family and career successfully and while working full-time she also committed to volunteering at her children’s school. She retired after 30 years of service and moved to East Orange, NJ where she attended St.Joseph’s Church.

Harriet enjoyed collecting unicorns, traveling, dancing and cooking. She was known for her delicious cherry crumb cake, lemon meringue pie and oatmeal cookies. Sunday’s were set aside for family dinners. While dining she would always demand butter, Not margarine! Harriet always stayed active. She enjoyed knitting, exercising and mall walking. Her slogan was... “move it or lose it”. She was an extremely organized, no nonsense person who had a heart of gold. When relaxing at home Harriet would often say she was “sitting on the dock of the bay”.

Harriet is preceded in death by her son James L. Bryant Jr.; granddaughter Shayla S. McClain, brother Thomas I Russell, and sister Flora Russell. Surviving to cherish Harriet’s precious memories are daughters Dr. Patricia C. Bryant, and Karin M. Bryant; grandchildren Taisha Shorter, James L. Bryant III (Karima), Racheal Vaughn (David), Sharnia, and Shauntae; great grandchildren Keith (Jessica), Jalen, Clarence, Kylan, Khloe, Kora, Kiara,

Ra-Quan, Danaya, Dareon, Akil, Zion, Niani, Joseph, Frank, Samuel, Isis, Quintana, Evalise; great great grandchildren Harmony, Jocelyn, and Kiannah; sisters Gloria W. Nelson, Marion V. Russell, and Frances G. Wilson; brother-in-law Robert Wilson; uncle Theodore V. O’Kelly; nieces Sharon G. Nelson, Jacqueline D. Miles, Michele J. Watson, Kathleen M. Miles, Maryann Miles; nephews Clifford G. Nelson, Akbar A. Shabazz, Michael R. Miles, Bruce B. Miles, Francis Russell, and Dexter A. Russell and a host of family and friends.

Sunrise: January 18, 1929
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.