GITTENS, GERALD O. aka "The General" - 76, departed this earthly life and went home to be with the Lord on September 13th, 2016 in Atlantic City, NJ. He was born April 11th, 1940 to the late Enid Mills and Gerald "Ozzie" Gittens, Sr. in Atlantic City, NJ. From a very young age, he was industrious, showed great ambition and possessed a strong work ethic. He proudly landed his first job at the age of 9, delivering Ice and Newspapers. As a youth, Gerald served as an Altar Boy at St. Augustine's Church of Atlantic City, NJ, was educated in the Atlantic City, NJ Public School system. He later successfully attended college. He then was hired to work as a Bellman at the Midtown Bala Hotel in Atlantic City, NJ, where he worked for over 30 years. It was there that he earned the nickname, "The General", for his reputation for being very meticulous, systematic, by the book and orderly. He had a system for everything and work was no exception. At home, he had a system for playing his numbers, which he never hit, but everyone else did. He has a system for his record-keeping. He even had a system for doing housework. And he definitely had a system for his belongings. Gerald was a collector of many things, from many different eras and places. He was a believer in keeping records and even kept important documents and newspapers, back to when when he was 16 years old. Anyone he met would find him to be a person full of life. Gerald loved to talk about life and would offer advice even when no one asked. When he did give advice, he always used his famous "Clock of Life" example as to why you should do what he said. This highlighted the importance of time, how your lifespan was on a clock different than Man's perception of timekeeping, and that the moments and the seasons were specially chosen by God. His Daughters would later appreciate this analogy, especially as their Father approached the Winter of his own life. Personally, Gerald loved his family's home country of Barbados and proudly celebrated his Bajan heritage, often letting his children know about their Caribbean history. He was also a faithful member of St. Augustine's Church of Atlantic City, NJ. Gerald had a laugh that was unique and distinct, possessing a life and an energy all its own. He was very animated and articulate about how he viewed the individuals he met. He was known to compare people he met to different types of insects that reflected their personalities. He was a proud procrastinator who walked to the beat of his own drum and led his own life. He is predeceased by: his Parents; his loving Wife, Martha Gittens (nee Joseph) - who passed away one month before him on August 11th, 2016; his Son, Stanford Gittens; and his Sister, Marlene Bailey. He leaves behind to cherish his wonderful memories: his three loving Daughters, Ivy Coaxum (Glen) of Atlantic City, NJ, Kachina Crippen of Philadelphia, PA and Carina Gittens of Philadelphia, PA; one Sister, Sandra Gittens of New York; one Stepson, Patrice Dowe, Sr.; two Sister's-in-law, Christiana and Ellen Joseph; seven Grandchildren, Dennis, Salena and Nasheema Coaxum and Zynyiah, Daeshawn and Keiseaun Crippen; two Aunts, Ethel M. Harvey and Julia Gittens; one Uncle, Cecil H.Gittens; and a host of Nieces, Nephews, Cousins and other loving relatives and many, many friends. "The General", will be deeply missed by all who knew him. A Funeral Service of Love will be held on Friday ~ September 23rd, 2016 at 12:00pm at St. Augustine's Church located at 1709 Arctic Avenue Atlantic City, NJ 08401. Viewing from 10:00am – 12:00pm. Funeral Arrangements entrusted to Mikal's Funeral Parlor, LLC (609-344-1131).

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