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Robert Steven (Smokey) Foster, of Bronx New York entered into Our Lord’s eternal rest on June 18, 2014. He was surrounded by loved ones who maintained a loving and peaceful atmosphere at his hospital bedside for almost two weeks. Robert’s progress was looking good, but he struggled valiantly against his illness and was an inspiration even unto death.

Robert was born in Jersey City and was always a gentle charming child, whose demeanor earned him the nickname “Smokey” from his friends. While Robert was a lifelong resident of Bronx New York, he spent most of his time in Jersey City, NJ ,with his mother, going to church on Sundays and then becoming a member of Monumental Baptist Church. Robert attended Adlai E. Stevenson High School, and studied Psychology at Lehman College both in the Bronx. Robert had several jobs in his early years but over the last 20 years, he was a loyal employee with Spring Tech Corporation in the Bronx where everyone became his family.

Robert was a talented artist who could draw anything by sight. He was a voracious reader and loved sports. Robert’s favorite teams were NY Giants, and Yankees, and Knicks. Often when he sat with mother on Sunday’s after church, he would talk to her about sports, and now mom knows more about sports than most sports writers. Robert was so nice and charming that whoever met him always was inspired by his soft and quiet character. He had a good heart and would help anyone in need. Robert was really funny and was loved by all he touched.

Surviving to cherish Roberts precious memories are: devoted parents Charles and Doris Foster; beloved sons Steven, Charles, and Jellyn Foster; adored sister and brother-in-law Thomas and Glendora Collier; brother Robert Foster; adored brother and sister-in-law Daniel and Cynthia Foster; uncle Lawrence and aunt Ethel Morgan; aunts Dorothy Brown, Mary Grant, Willa Mae Morgan; nieces Dvon and Melissa Collier, Tanisha Foster; nephews Antwon and Andre Collier; four grand-nieces and nephew Taniyah, Ianna, Tianna and Antwon Jr. Collier. Robert also leaves to mourn a host of aunts, uncles, cousins near and far, and dear friends, including his caring longtime confidant Genie, and dear Spring Tech family who always stood by him.

Sunrise: June 3, 1956
Sunset: June 18, 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.