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Funeral services took place May 16 for Eugene “Tat” Nelson, 74. He passed away May 9. Born in Spartanburg, S.C., to Annie and Marshall Nelson, he attended Ferris High School, Jersey City and graduated from St. Augustine College, North Carolina, in 1962, with a degree in Business Administration. He pursued his masters degree at Columbia University. On June 16, 1962, he married Clarice Pulliam. Eugene lived in Brooklyn and Washington, DC before settling in Jersey City, where he worked for the Jersey City Economic Development Corporation as the Executive Director, retiring in 2010.

Eugene was named “Urban Enterprise Zone Director” for the JCEDC in 1992. Under his leadership the zone has more than 800 UEZ certified businesses. He received citations from the past Mayor Bret Schundler for the unveiling of the biggest mural in the East located on Christopher Columbus Drive in Jersey City on June 6, 1998. Eugene, who believed “Safety First,” also assisted with the implementation of the installation of security cameras on the streets of Jersey City. Eugene, known as a “homebody” to most was also known to help others, for his quick wit and tenaciousness. Survivors include his wife, Clarice; their sons, Todd and Gary; his brother in law Haywood Pulliam (Melvina); his aunt, Faye Jackson; uncle Gene Jackson; niece Stephanie Haygan; and a host of cousins and friends. He was also nephew of the late Violet Childs, Carolyn Stephens, Charles Nelson, Jr. and Maurice P. Haygan. Services arranged by the Greenville Memorial Home, Jersey City.

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