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Steven Matthew Rivers, Jr., lovingly known as “King”, was born on May 12, 2012 to Ayesha Rivers and Steven Rivers, Sr. in Jersey City, New Jersey. On Wednesday, December 18, 2013, God dispatched an angel to escort Steven home to be with him.

King was truly an angel here on earth. A baby full of smiles, love and very little tears that he shared constantly with his family and friends. He was daring! There wasn’t too much that his sisters would do that he wouldn’t himself attempt. He loved food and his “Juuuuiice”, in his words, and no matter how big or small the piece he would receive, it would require him to give a little dance.

King loved sports, and would sit with his Uncle Art watching football and no one could tell you he wasn’t following that game! Music…oh he loved music!!! He would dance around the living room with his Daddy Gee or play with him until he was ready to fall out!

King was a gadget baby, if it wasn’t a cell phone, it was the house phone, or a remote, oh and King we still can’t find the house remote.

His Auntie Fee was like a magnet for his kisses and hugs. Oh and his Grandma, he knew he was Grandma’s boy, he would see her and he would become overjoyed with love, happiness and run right to her legs. Milan was his partner in crime, Maya was his protector, Kay Kay and Madison were his nurturers. He was the only boy in a family of 7 women, he was truly a King in his family, and a symbol of love bringing unity into our family.

The biggest part of his life was his mommy! He loved his Mommy so much! Where you saw her you saw him attached to her leg or on her hip. Every day when she came to pick him up from school he would run right to his cubby and they would meet each other there with kisses and smiles and hugs in a way you wouldn’t think she had just dropped him to school that morning! Even as young as he was he was protective of his mom, and limited contact with anyone when he was around! They were soul mates, he was her “tackling fuel” and she was his everything. King will truly be missed!

Surviving to cherish Steven’s precious memory are his loving mother - Ayesha Rivers and step-father; Galieus Octalien; father - Steven M. Rivers, Sr.; sisters - Ahmaya, Kamaria, Milan, Emilliani and Alyssa; grand-parents - Arnita Rivers, Darren Rivers, Kyshon Rivers, Brenda Lilly, Willie Mae Rivers, and Steven Rivers; great-grandmother - Dorena Daniels; aunts - Falicia Rivers, Pamela Jones, Vonnie Delbridge, Jeanne Taylor, Darlene Rivers, Soncerae Muhammad, Yolanda Caballero, Ciara and Maya Rivers; uncles - Darcel Rivers, Darren D. Rivers, Wayne Michaux, Arthur Umebuani, Aziz Abdul-Saboor, Mikal Saboor, William Epps and Elijah Rivers; dear family friends - Emanuel Klein and Reggie Prioleau; also survived by a host of cousins and other loving relatives.

Sunrise: May 12, 2012
Sunset: December 18, 2013

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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.