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Gladson Malcolm Black

November 29, 1929 — March 1, 2022

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Gladson Malcom (Martin) Black, loving father, uncle, grandfather, and friend passed peacefully at West Regional Memorial Hospital Plantation, Florida on Tuesday, March 1, 2022. 

Gladson, was born on November 29, 1929, in Los Indios Guamo, Cuato Embarcader Oriente, Cuba to Pedro Black (step-father Samuel Martin) and Gladis Malcom,. He was the oldest of five siblings, Rosemary, George, Astley, Sister, and Darling, many of whom have predeceased him. When he was a small boy, he and his family moved to Lucea, a small coastal town in Jamaica W.I. He shared many memories of his life in Cuba and one of his only regrets was that he was not able to revisit his place of birth.  He enjoyed life in Jamaica as a boy and talked about going down to the sea to swim and play.  He loved to tell stories about how far he walked to school Rusea and Teacher Shaw.  He worked as an electrician at the Jamaica Public Service Company for 14 years, before migrating to the United States in 1957. From my understanding one of his first jobs in America was as a dishwasher, and when he came home, he told his wife, he was going back to Jamaica.  He was not afraid of hard work and learning new things and transitioned from a blue-collar worker to a white-collar worker.  He worked as a clerk for Louis Dreyfus Corporation, one of the largest grain exporters in the U.S. At that time, Louis Dreyfus was located in the business district of Manhattan New York, until they relocated their offices out of state. Gladson, chose not to relocate and moved on to work for Chase Manhattan Bank’s Foreign Transfer department, until he retired in 1997. 

On June 4th, 1955 he married Doris Elizabeth Black (deceased) in a small ceremony in Jamaica W.I. They enjoyed 66 years of marriage together.  Their union resulted in two children Paul Black (spouse Ginette) and Pauline Ebanks (Black). 

He and Doris lived for 39 years at 971 St. Johns Place, Brooklyn, New York, They relocated to Sunrise Florida in 1999 to be near their children and grandchildren.  He was a loving father and grandfather who’s guidance and love was essential to the success of his family. He was a supporter of anyone who was a hard worker and sought to make a difference. He enjoyed reading, watching cowboy shows/movies and discussing politics. His supportive and caring nature was highly regarded by all who called him Uncle Boogsie.  Boogsie was a nickname that followed him from Jamaica.   

He is now reunited with his wife Doris who he adored and their loving grandson Brandon Michael Ebanks (2019). He will be forever missed by his children Paul (Ginette) Black, Pauline Ebanks, grandchildren, Stuart and Saudia Ebanks. His great-grandchildren (Stuart) Genesis and Kenneth, (Brandon) Brandon Jr, William, Andrew, and Wes, (Saudia) Amaya Ebanks. Gladson leaves his brother Astley Martin, brother-in-law Franklin (Kip) Ruddock (wife) Beverly Hughes Ruddock, several nieces and nephews, grand nieces and nephews other family members and friends.

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Saturday, March 19, 2022

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