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Lena Lillian Bentley, know as “Lill” was the last surviving child of Harriet and John Bentley. She was born in Bayonne, New Jersey on December 29, 1927. The family moved to Jersey City when Lena was an infant. She departed this live on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at Christ Hospital.

Lena (Lill), was a product of the Jersey City Public School System. She was known as a shy but outgoing teenager who had dreams of becoming a secretary . Looking at her yearbook, she was the fastest of her class in taking short hand and dictation.

When Lena graduated from Lincoln High School, she attended Junior High School for two years. Because of family obligations, Lena left college and worked in a series of jobs from working in a pocket book factory to working at the Tootsie Roll Company.

Lena lost her younger sister at an early age and she, along with her mother, brothers and sister took on the responsibility of raising three small children (Sharon, Kathleen and Albert). Lena knew that the jobs she held were not going to do and so she applied to the Jersey City Board of Education for a custodial position, a position which she held for over 30 years retiring at the age of 71.

Lill will always be remembered for the compassion for family and friends. If you were in need, she complained but she was there. She was a loyal and devoted aunt who considered her nieces and nephews as her own and the greatest measures of her life.

She was beloved by her nieces – Sharon Brookins, Kathleen Brookins, Jacqueline Woodward, Cheryl Gaithers, Stephanie Gaithers; her nephews – Albert Brookins and Glen Gaithers; great-nephews – Andre Brookins, Derrick Woodward, Jr.; great-great grandniece – Mila Brookins; sister-in-laws – Irene Jackson and Margaret Gathers and a host of family and friends.

Sunrise: December 29, 1927
Sunset: February 15, 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.