Obituary: Allan Kitson
Allan Kitson, a longtime resident of Montclair, died peacefully at home on Thursday, Oct. 28, 2021. He was 93.
Mr. Kitson was born to the late Salome Reid and Granville Kitson in Kingston, Jamaica, in 1928.
As a young man, through the help of his father, he acquired employment as a waiter at a hotel resort. He worked hard and faithfully supported family while he was employed.
Mr. Kitson was a popular server at the hotel. On several occasions he was propositioned to work in the homes of various resort guests. In 1956, he accepted such an invitation and obtained sponsorship employment as a servant to the Jones family.
He and his wife, Lucille, then immigrated to the United States and settled in the Jones home in Montclair. He worked faithfully there for the next several years and lived in the township for the rest of his life.
As their family began to grow, it became necessary to move on. They purchased their own home, and Mr. Kitson continued to work full time in various positions. During that time, he earned his high school diploma.
After receiving it he obtained employment as an assistant physical therapist at Clara Maass Medical Center in Belleville. He became well-versed in his field and worked faithfully, without ever taking a vacation, for the next 30-plus years, until his retirement in 1991.
From then on, he took care of his grandchildren whenever needed. He also enjoyed many friendships in providing endless hours of “emotional counseling” to former patients.
Mr. Kitson also enjoyed playing piano, listening to music and playing the lottery.
His driving force and main concern was always family. He will be sorely missed but never forgotten; his legacy will live on through the many lives he touched.
Mr. Kitson is survived by his children, Elizabeth, Ralph, Sandra, Paulette (Kevin Sr.), Mercedes (Bruce) and Allan Jr.; grandchildren, Andrea, Earl, Winston, Kevin Jr., Devon, Alyssa, Kyle and Brendon; great-grandchild, Everett Leo; cousin, Wally, and a host of nieces, nephews and other cousins.
He was predeceased by his wife, Lucille, and cousin, Danford “Son” (Evelyn) Francis.
A funeral Mass was said on Nov. 3 at Church of the Immaculate Conception, Montclair.
Arrangements were by Caggiano Memorial Home for Funerals.