David Mark Jordon, affectionately known as Daddy Dave, was born on March 16th, 1954 in Washington D.C. The son of Minola Briggs (Tate) and David Jordan, the family eventually moved to the Bronx, NY. At the age of 19, he enlisted in the U.S Army where he proudly served his country and won a national defense award during his term.
Upon his departure from the army, he relocated to Staten Island and started his tenure with Cerebral Palsy of NYS at the Willowbrook State School in 1977. David loved his many roles, starting as a direct care worker, to later becoming a medical case manager, and finally followed by a project coordinator throughout his 45 years in the agency. He impacted many lives through his acts of service to others. During these years, he also worked at Volunteers of America part-time as a manager. His greatest personal career achievement was being an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology & Anthropology at CUNY College of Staten Island.
David returned to college alongside his youngest daughter in 2011 to finish his goal of getting a college degree. These were some of the greatest years of David’s life; he originally intended to only finish his Associate’s, yet continued all the way to obtain a Master’s degree with a 4.0 GPA. David loved the friends that he made at CUNY College of Staten Island, and he was well-loved by all.
David enjoyed many things in life — he was an author, a gamer, and loved taking long walks while listening to jazz, soul, and all of his favorite genres of music. The greatest joys in his life were being a father, a husband, and even a cat dad. He will forever be remembered for his empathy and encouragement towards others.
David is survived by: his beloved wife, Beatrice Reilly-Jordon; his three daughters, Dominique Rivera (Malcom Massard), Kara Jordon (Andy Cardenas) and Bria Jordon (Jeremy Nieves); predeceased son, Noel Farrow; granddaughters Haley, D’Angela, and Naloni; great grandchildren Destiny, Davion, and Noel; his sister Lisa, his brother Ronald, predeceased brother Keith, his favorite cousin Paula; and a large extended family of adored cousins, nieces, nephews, and many more.
David passed away at home in the loving presence of his family on December 18th, 2022. His family and friends will gather to celebrate his life in a viewing at Matthew Funeral Home, 2508 Victory Boulevard, Staten Island, NY 10314, on Wednesday, December 21st, between the hours of 3:00 PM to 8:00 PM.