We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at Ledford Funeral Home Inc.
On May 30, James Glass, Jr. made his transition, leaving behind a legacy of scholarship, community service, self-empowerment, and mentorship.
Born in Trenton, New Jersey to James and Dolores Glass, James – also known as Jay or Heru – was the second of four children. During his childhood in Bordentown, NJ, he loved playing baseball and basketball. In his youth, he mastered several brass instruments and not only played in the high school band, but also with a touring jazz ensemble that allowed him to perform in adult venues.
After college, Jay worked at the New Jersey Department of Corrections. During his tenure, he acted as a state delegate for the local union while also managing his own enterprises as an entrepreneur. Jay and best friend Curtis Singleton launched C & J Way, a car detailing business that provided services throughout the region.
Additionally, he and his younger brother Tim opened the Communiversity in Trenton. As a hub for learning and activism, it often became the spot where Jay and his family hosted lecturers such as Ashra Kwesi, Dr. Laila Afrika, Bobby Hemmitt, Anthony Browder, Tyrone Powers, and Jacob Carruthers.
In addition to the Communiversity, Jay also co-founded the Djehuty Archive Project and the African-American Institute for Culture Development. His work led to be being appointed the title of Sacred Guardian of African Culture. He was also a member of numerous organizations, including the International Free and Accepted Modern Masons, Inc. and Order of Eastern Star.
Upon retirement, Jay worked alongside his brother-in-law doing construction and home repairs, and he jumpstarted a business doing property maintenance. But as a son, brother, uncle, and friend, Jay stood tall. Always willing to lend a hand, tell a story or give it to you straight, he was a giver — with his time and love.
Jay is preceded in death by his parents James Sr. and Dolores, and brother Timothy. He is survived by his eldest sister Krystal Jackson (Nathan) and youngest sister Sherri Glass (Equal Rights), and a host of nieces and nephews.