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Remus Gladden
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Remus “Jim” Gladden was born on June 19, 1937 to the late Joseph Gladden and Beatrice Paden in York County, Township of Bethesda, South Carolina. He went to sleep in the arm of Jesus on Thursday, July 19, 2018 at Overlake Medical Center in Bellevue, Washington. He was the 2nd child born out of four children. God has truly blessed him to be on this earth for 81 years, experiencing many things that many of us couldn’t imagine.

Educated in the Newark Public School System, he was a southern boy at heart. Remus spent his summers in McConnellesville, South Caroline his beloved grandmother “Ma Mag.”

On May 8, 1956, at the age of 17, Remus joined the Air Force. As an Air Force Patrolman, Remus stayed active in military sports, as a boxer, a member of the football team, as well as the baseball team. On May 12, 1958, Remus was honorably discharged to the Air Force Reserves. Remus’s favorite color was non-other than AIR FORCE BLUE. Fresh out of the Reserves, he went to work for Port Newark as a Longshoreman. During his tenure, he picked up his nickname “Seaweed.”

In 1961, Remus married the late Mary Coleman, and to this union three sons were born. Remus was known for his great smile and being a sports enthusiast. Remus was an avid Dodgers fan (from Brooklyn to Los Angeles). Remus even tried out for the team while the Dodgers were still on the East Coast. After moving to Seattle, Washington in 1976, Remus became a faithful Seahawks and Golden Warriors fan.

In the 1980s, Remus began his career at NOAA as a waiter, working his way up to chief boatsman. Out at sea for 2-3 months at a time, Remus would cross the equator to many times to count. Remus spoke many languages besides English: Portuguese, Spanish, Italian, German and French. He would spend his free time watching the dolphins and emailing the love of his life. In 1995, he joined in holy matrimony with Vanessa Moreland, where they resided in her hometown of Seattle, Washington.

Remus was wonderfully young at heart and in appearance. He loved to socialize and was incredibly fashionable. Jim was an avid dancer and was known for doing his own dance called “The Remus.”

Remus leaves to cherish his memory: his loving wife, Vanessa Gladden of Seattle, WA; one sister, Betha Paden of Greensboro, NC; three sons, Greg Gladden of Irvington, NJ; Dietrick (Rebecca ) Gladden of Santa Anna; and Von (Felicia) Gladden of Waco, TX; seven grandchildren, Dejohn McCoy, Imani Gladden, Chasity Gladden, Ashley Gladden, Robert Gladden, David Gladden, and Christopher Gladden; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends.

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Visitation

Thursday

13

Sep

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Perry Funeral Home

34 Mercer St.
Newark, NJ 07103

Funeral Service

Thursday

13

Sep

11:00 AM
Perry Funeral Home

34 Mercer St.
Newark, NJ 07103

Cemetery Details

Location

Glendale Cemetery

28 Hoover Avenue
Bloomfield, NJ 07003

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