Gerald A Dottin Sr. was born in Cambridge, MA on July 20th,1935 to Henrietta R. Dottin (Warner) and Darnley A Dottin. He attended Roberts Grammar School and Cambridge Latin High where he played football and excelled academically. Upon graduation he attended Worcester Mens’ College where he played football and was a member of the Glee Club.
After obtaining a degree in teaching, he enlisted in the U.S. Army, in the radio and communications division where he rose to the rank of Master Sergeant.
Upon leaving the military, he taught briefly in the Medford Public Schools. Realizing his passion for automobiles taught to him by his Uncle Edgar at the Warner family home in Allston was really what he loved, he worked for Casey and Hayes Movers and Henry Owens Movers part time evenings to earn extra income so he could start his own business.
Along with his best friend Joe Paris, they started West Medford Mobil Auto Repair in the early 60’s, in one of the oldest Black communities in the U.S. where he thrived for well over 40 years. A pure hustler raising a family of 4, he also started Town Taxi of Medford, Sold Mary Kay Cosmetics, and became a distributor with his Uncle George Warner in an Amway business.
After retiring from the auto repair business, to avoid boredom, he worked for years at Expresso Pizza on the Medford Hillside with his good friend, until his final retirement. He was an influential member of the Board of Directors, with his wife Joanne, and other family members from Maine, of the Abyssinian Meeting House in Portland Maine, aiding in the restoration process making it a historical landmark and museum, which served as a passage for the Underground Railroad aiding slaves in their effort to obtain freedom in the north.
He was preceded in death by his parents: Darnley A. Dottin and Henrietta R.(Nina) Warner. His wife, Joanne M. (Love) Dottin, son, Bryant and daughters, Stacey and Yvonne Dottin.
He is survived by his daughter Kathie, son Gerald Jr, his grandchildren Sherissa Dottin, Timora Scott-Dottin, Marcus Young, Michelle and Yvonne Davis Dottin, Kourtney Rutty-Dottin, Jewel Cardoza, Bryant Dottin Jr, Star Lynn Fortes, Giovanni Vidrio, Stacy Lynn Fortune, Amirah Dottin, Imani Dottin, and Gerald Dottin III, Sylvia, EJ, and Elizabeth Jaiman.
Great Grandchildren Emari Scott and Kimora Scott-Yancey, Daylani and Syrus Cabrera, Sion Dottin-Quinn, Willow and Darryl Taylor, Nini Vidrio,Julius,Jamir Young, Rayshaun Wilson, Bria, Nathan and Nicholas Rodriques, Jianna and Jisiah Cardoza,Eliana Santos, Ethan Jaiman, Braxton and Colton Perry, Sara-jane, Marilyn,Severa,Adrian,Anthony,Kyle, and Emmanuel Fortes. Plus a host of other friends and relatives.
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The family wishes to thank you all for your thoughts and prayers. Thanks to St Bartholomew's Church and staff, Cousin Clark and Sherrie Dottin, Shays Pub for their food donation, the Mt Auburn VFW for hall donation, and to all those who donated to us in our time of need. Special thanks to Keefe Funeral Home for their divine assistance during this difficult 2 years of unfortunate, unexpected and untimely deaths we have experienced.