Elliott Lorenzo Cuff was born in Harlem Hospital on June 5, 1944 to the late Pryce Lorenzo Cuff and Frances Summers Cuff. He was the first-born son of three sons.
During Elliott’s childhood, he accepted Christ at an early age and he was baptized at Good Hope CME Church in Gilbert, South Carolina. He later attended church at Springfield Methodist Church in Queens, New York.
Elliott received his formal education in the New York City Public Schools, graduating from Andrew Jackson High School. He furthered his education by attaining a Bachelor of Arts degree from Brooklyn College. After graduating from high school, Elliott joined the United States Air Force where he was honorably discharged as a Communications Operator. His life of service did not end there. Upon completing his tour of duty with the Armed Forces, he joined the New York Police Department in 1968, where he served as a Patrol Officer in the Tactical Police Force Unit and the Movie & TV Squad; an instructor at the Police Academy; an Investigative Sergeant in the Internal Affairs Bureau and he ended his law enforcement career as a Manhattan South Narcotics Supervisor.
Elliott was proud of the assignments he held during his career. He enjoyed the people he worked with, the officers he supervised and the friendships he forged during his 31 and ½ year career. Throughout the Police Department, Elliott was known for his “big laugh” and his sense of humor. Upon retirement from his second career as an appointed court officer for the Haverstraw Court System, he and Elaine relocated to Cornelius, North Carolina where they attended and later joined Torrence Chapel AME Zion Church. Elliott remained a faithful Torrence Chapel member while his health allowed.
Elliott leaves to cherish his memory his wife Elaine, of the home; his son, Elliott Lorenzo Cuff, Jr. (New York); his daughter, Jalaine Edwards (Connecticut); nephews Leslie Guy, Sean Cuff (Jocelyn), and Alfred Cuff; nieces, Ieasha Cuff, Marissa Coleman, Daniele Payne, and Michelle Whitaker; special friends Bill Bryant, Howard Gadsby, Terrance Wansley and Al Social, Jr., and a host of favorite cousins, relatives and friends.
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