Friday, 26 April 2013 00:00
Arthur Gittens, formerly from Westbury, passed away in Spring Hill, Fl. on March 5th, 2013 in his 86th year. Gittens was a New York City native was a graduate of Manhattan High School of Aviation Trades, which during that time was a premier high school, requiring an entrance exam for admittance.
Gittens volunteered for the U.S. Navy and did a four year stint. He was discharged with the rank of RM2C, Radioman 2nd Class.
In civilian life, Gittens became a New York City police officer and while working he earned an Associate of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from John Jay College. He retired after 23 years of service.
Gittens later partnered with his brother in operating a general contracting business, and later entered the travel industry for eight years.
One of his most proud moments was when he received the “Man of the Year” Award from the 100 Black Men of Nassau/Suffolk counties.
Gittens relocated to Spring Hill, in 1995 where he served as president of the African American Club of Hernando, Inc. In 2004 he received the club’s award for Outstanding and Dedicated service. He also served two terms as the treasurer of the Hernando County Branch of the NAACP.
“Artie,” as he was affectionately known, will be best remembered as an enthusiastic, professional man who was actively engaged and well known in his communities; serving in many capacities for numerous organizations. More importantly, he will be remembered as a kind and gentle man loved by all.