Marvin B. Pittman, 71, retired Phila. police officer

Marvin B. Pittman
Marvin B. Pittman
Posted: August 13, 2014

Marvin B. Pittman, 71, a retired Philadelphia police officer and music collector, died last Tuesday, Aug. 5, of complications from cancer at Nazareth Hospital.

Called "Bobby" by his friends, Mr. Pittman joined the Police Department in 1973. He retired four years later after sustaining injuries in an auto accident while on duty. Despite retiring, he remained active in the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5.

He later worked as a garage security guard at Pennsylvania Hospital, and for SpectaGuard Inc. He stopped working in 2001.

Born in Philadelphia, he was the youngest of four siblings. He graduated from Dobbins Technical High, where he played defensive back on the football team.

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.


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