On his 18th birthday, Mr. Pittman enlisted in the Air Force. He was deployed around the globe, including to Bermuda and Japan. His specialty was telecommunications.
Mr. Pittman returned to the Philadelphia area in 1965 and worked in several industries before joining the police force.
He was the father of three children, whom he "disciplined firmly, loved fiercely, cooked and cleaned for dutifully, and showered with toys whenever he had the chance," his family said.
He was married to Mary Frances Mason for 12 years. The couple divorced after having a daughter. His wife died in 2003. He later remarried and raised two sons in West Philadelphia.
Mr. Pittman was known for his extensive collection of jazz and R&B music. He often could be found listening to selections on his top-of-the-line audio equipment.
He also was an avid sports fan, loved watching Western movies, and was just as handy in the kitchen as the tool shed. He also carried a distinguished-looking pipe, but he stopped smoking in later years.
Surviving are his wife of 34 years, Patricia W.; sons Marvin C. and Michael; daughter Nicole P. Coleman; a granddaughter; and a sister. Two brothers died earlier.
A viewing at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, at Mt. Sinai Tabernacle Baptist Church, 2727 W. Lehigh Ave., Philadelphia, will be followed by a funeral service at 11. Interment is private.