Reuben N Dottin Jr

February 2, 2022


Reuben Nathaniel Dottin, Jr., 78, of Canton, MA passed away peacefully at home on February 2, 2022. He is survived by his caring and compassionate wife of 37 years Darlene White-Dottin, his beloved brother Roger A. Dottin formerly of Atlanta, GA, his jewels Karen L. Dottin-Ricketts (Collin) of Milton, MA, David A. Dottin of Lexington, KY, Kevin A. Dottin (Charlene) of Bridgewater, MA, Craig N. Dottin (Maria) of Southbridge, MA, and Tyson Tyler-Dottin of Braintree, MA, and his aunts Rita Dixon of Mattapan, MA, Elsie Greene of Cambridge, MA, and Muriel Greene of Montgomery, AL. He also leaves to cherish his memory his grandchildren Brandon, Jarrid, Ashli, Desiree, Jaylen, Joshua, Isaiah, Cheyanne, Jayden, a great grandson Elijah, his godson, Mason, a host of amazing nieces and nephews, relatives, and friends. It was a beautiful day on May 9th, 1943 when Reuben was welcomed into this world by his parents the late Reuben N. Dottin Sr. and Eunice L. (Greene) Dottin. The Dottin family emigrated from Barbados, W.I. and settled in Cambridge, MA where Reuben was born and lived for most of his life. He attended Houghton Elementary School and Rindge Technical High School. Reuben received an Associate Degree and a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Boston State College and a Master’s degree in Criminal Justice from Anna Maria College. He began his service as a police officer at Harvard University in Cambridge, MA. Later, he joined the Cambridge Police Department where he served for over 27 years in various divisions including the Patrol division, the Detective Bureau, and Internal Affairs. Reuben received a Merit Recognition Award for his dedication, outstanding performance, and integrity while serving in the Internal Affairs Division. Reuben lived life to the fullest. He enjoyed taking photos, fishing, and traveling, especially to Barbados and to his second home on Martha’s Vineyard. He took pride in being an active member of the Oak Bluffs’ “Polar Bears”. One of his most memorable trips was to the White House where he had the honor to meet the first Black President of the United States. He loved cooking and was known for his tasty blueberry pies and courageous attempts to bake pound cakes. His greatest joy was spending time with his family and friends from summer barbecues to holidays to trips to North Carolina. He always looked forward to hosting the annual Morehouse College New Student Sendoff in his own backyard. Reuben loved God and his church, Union Baptist, where he was a member of the Trustee Board. His commitment to God extended into his generosity towards his community and wherever he had the opportunity to be a blessing. Throughout the years, he was affiliated with many community organizations such as NAACP, Cambridge Afro-American Police Association, Criminal Justice Governor’s Committee, Board of Directors at East Cambridge Savings Bank, Margaret Fuller House, Cambridge Neighborhood Apartment Housing Services, and Cambridge Community Center. We could go on and on about Reuben’s achievements and impact in the lives of many, but we will simply end by saying that the earth is a little dimmer without a light called Reuben.

In Lieu of Flowers or Fruit Baskets  Please Make Donation  in the name of Reuben Dottin  C/O  Union Baptist Church Building Fund 874 Main St Cambridge Ma 02139


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February 13, 2022

1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Morning Star Baptist Church
1257 Blue Hill Avenue
Mattapan, MA 02126

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Private Services

Morning Star Baptist Church
1257 Blue Hill Avenue
Mattapan, MA 02126

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