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14 January 2018


Clarence Pittman, Jr. was a native of Miami and a graduate of Booker T. Washington, and an alumnus of Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio. He was the President of the International Longshoremen’s Association, Local #1416 AFL-CIO for 31 over years; he was Vice President of the South Atlantic and Gulf Coast District, Executive Representative of the International Longshoremen’s Association AFL-CIO, Member South Florida AFL-CIO and Member of South Eastern Dock and Marine Council. 

Clarence Pittman, Jr. was a catalyst for ILA Local #1416 since 1956 and a Union official since 1965 in the distributions of considerable amounts of donations to the community.  He has demonstrated outstanding achievements in working with educational, social, political, over town renovation enhancement projects; this includes religious projects that have greatly enhanced many aspects of the community.

Clarence Pittman, Jr. has given unselfishly by contributing generously to countless charities and community projects and organizations as well as supported numerous political candidates whose ideals of humanitarianism coincide with the beliefs of the community. 

His organizational involvements included:  Member of Mount Tabor Missionary Baptist Church, Greater Miami A. Phillip Randolph Chapter (APRI) where he served as 1st Vice-President for fifteen years, and later as 1st Vice-President Emeritus until his passing December 12, 2013 he also held membership in the Coalition of Black Trade Unionist (CBTU), both organizations being constituency groups of the American Federation of Labor Congress of Industrial Organizations AFL-CIO.  National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), 5000 Role Models, and Brownsville Progressive Masonic Lodge #510 - Eight Masonic Houses, Ancient Egyptian Arabic Order Nobles of The Mystic Shrine #149, The Miami Lords Club – Top Ladies of Distinction, Inc., RETCO – Retired Employees of Transportation Coalition, Booker T. Washington Alumni – Class of 1952 and The Propeller Club of the United States and many more.

In 2011 Mr. Pittman was honored by the A. Philip Randolph Institute at its National Conference held in Miami Beach, FL for “Distinguished Service” to the Institute and it was notes that he had been a member of the Institute since the organization was chartered in 1987. Clarence Pittman, Jr. has received numerous awards from the Training and Safety Award for Longshoremen on the Port of Miami, numerous Masonic Awards, Lord of the Year, United Negro College Fund (UNCF), Bethune-Cookman College, Florida Memorial College, Dade County Public Schools and Private Schools, The Propeller Club of the United States; and many more from private, public, civic and social organizations. He was committed to aiding the fellow Union members as well as to the community. 

Clarence Pittman, Jr. was a devoted and loyal husband and father, married to Gwendolyn Willar Pittman, the father of six children, grandfather of fifteen, great-grandfather of two, loving uncle and the godfather and friend of everyone who he encountered.  He leaves a legacy of love and commitment for other to follow.