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We gather today to pay final tribute to a phenomenal woman, mother, fiancée, grandmother, sister, aunt, niece, cousin and friend.

Irene (Joyner) Griggs was born on June 6, 1943 in Jersey City, New Jersey, and was the first of five children born to Otis and Helen Joyner.

Irene was a product of the Jersey City Public School system, having attended P. S. #22 School and Lincoln High School. After graduating high school, she became employed for Bell Atlantic in Jersey City, where she met her best friend Altheria Johnson. They shared a special bond and relationship, until Altheria’s untimely passing. Irene worked with great dedication for Bell Atlantic for 36 years, until her retirement.

Irene met and married John Griggs, and from that union, they were blessed with a son, John Ivan Griggs. John remained the apple of Irene’s eye. Later becoming a single parent, it was Irene’s pleasure to work hard and provide her son John with a good upbringing.

Irene later met and lived a loving life with Will “Monroe” Pair for over 45 years; until her death. Monroe cared diligently and compassionately for his “shorty-girl” throughout her illness, and was there loving and caring for her until she took her last breath on this side of heaven.

On August 18, 1990, Irene expressed that she had not lost a son, but had gained a daughter, when her son John married Catherine Smith from East Orange, NJ. From this union, Irene was blessed with her newest and most cherished title, which was “Ganny” to her 2 grandsons, John Dominique and Malcolm Xavier; who were the pride and joy of her life.

Due to her unprecedented work ethic Irene did not remain in retirement for long, and found her true calling later in life as she opened up her heart and home to love, babysit, and care for countless numbers of children. Affectionately called “Auntie”, both babysitting and baking quickly became her new passions, and filled her home and life. Irene was well known for her unique and tasty bread puddings and baked goods, and she won many awards for them.

Irene accepted Christ as her Lord and Savior at Metropolitan AME Church in Jersey City, and later accepted the right hand of fellowship at Monumental Baptist Church in Jersey City. There, Irene served as part of the Willing Workers, and also with great dedication as the President of the Nursing Ministry for several years, until her health began to fail.

Irene departed this life on Friday, April 17, 2015 in the love and comfort of her own home.

Irene leaves to cherish her son John (Catherine) of Piscataway, NJ, her fiancée Will “Monroe” Pair of Jersey City, NJ, her grandchildren John Dominique and Malcolm Xavier of Piscataway, NJ, two great grandchildren Jahara and Laila, Goddaughter Tonique Joyner of Jersey City, NJ, two nieces, five nephews, one aunt Elsie Joyner of Philadelphia, PA, and one sister in law, Viola Joyner of Jersey City, NJ. Irene also shared a special bond with her 4 “bonus” sister-in-laws and 6 brother-in-laws, through her loving relationship with Will Pair. Irene also leaves to cherish a host of grand nieces, grand nephews, cousins, family and friends.

Irene was preceded in death by her parents Otis and Helen Joyner, and three sisters, Delores Brown, Brenda Joyner and Dorothy Edwards, and one brother, Otis Joyner.

Sunrise: June 6, 1943
Sunset: April 17, 2015

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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.