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Robert George Spann, born April 2, 1948 in Charleston, SC, was the son of the late George and Catherine Spann of Cross, SC. He was raised, educated and employed in Cross, SC until he decided to relocate in 1982.

Robert chose to move to Bayonne, NJ where he met, fell in love, and married his wife Linda Johnson-Spann. They made their life and home in Jersey City, NJ. Robert and Linda had 32 happy and glorious years together.

Robert was a hard worker and dedicated to any task he took on. Whether at work or play he did the job. He was employed at Squire Corrugated Container for over 25 years until his retirement in 2010. Robert was an excellent provider. He was a loving husband, a wonderful father, grandfather and great grandfather. He was a great brother-in-law, a great father-in-law and a great uncle. He was friendly to everybody and was “a friend till the end.”

Robert was known in his social circle as “Budweiser” because he loved his Bud, and also as “Happy Feet” because he loved to dance. There was hardly any function, party, cook-out or anything given by family and friends, that Robert and Linda were not invited to because they always got the party started right. He never let anything stress or upset him because he said his life is too short and he will live and be happy. And he did. He lived a good life and he was happy even thru his illness.

On Tuesday, May 27, 2014, our Heavenly Father who knew how much he could bear, dispatched an angel to escort Robert home to be with Him. He will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved him.

Robert was predeceased by a loving son, Adam Johnson and a loving daughter, Shalamar Johnson-Mahoney.

Surviving to love and cherish Robert’s memory are his (as he would say) his wonderful wife Linda Johnson-Spann; daughter – Tiffany Johnson; granddaughters –Tasia Johnson, Naimah Mahoney, Ashley Logan and Timisha Johnson; grandsons – Adam Logan, Darryl Mahoney and Quanif Johnson; great granddaughter – Taylor-Tanai Johnson; great grandson – Sharod Dixon. Robert also had children in South Carolina – Stanley, Genelle, Roberta and Ralph, grandchildren and a host of other family and friends.

Sunrise: April 2, 1948
Sunset: May 27, 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.