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Alfred DeSoto Troy, 87, Of Englewood

ENGLEWOOD, N.J. -- Alfred DeSoto Troy, of Englewood and formerly of Teaneck, died March 17, 2016.

He was born Nov. 10, 1929, in Harlem, N.Y.,  the son of Henry Troy, composer/actor, and Lillian Greene Troy.

In 1951, he was drafted into the Korean War, where he traveled extensively while defending the United States and was honorably discharged with a Bronze Service Star. In 1957, he became the first African-American salesman to work for Brooks Brothers, where he worked in their flagship Madison Avenue store until he retired in 1991.

When Troy wasn’t working, his favorite past time was walking, which he did a lot of. Everyone who knew him could count on seeing him walking through town regularly with his head held high and looking perfectly attired and quite dapper every day.

In 1956, he married Jacqueline Edith Lockhart at St. Phillips Church in Harlem. Of that union one child was born, Juanita Olivia (nee Troy) Harris. They lived in Teaneck for many years.

After divorcing, he moved to Englewood, where he eventually spent decades with is lifelong companion Daisy Batson and her son Bill Batson.

Besides his daughter, he is survived by son-in law Lorenzo Harris Jr.; grandchildren, KeiJuan Keitt and Nikkia Keitt; great-grandchildren, Sharif Boone and Cameron Keitt; a sister Julie Troy Thornhill; nieces Deidre Troy, Jeanette, Joan, Judy and Jackie Rolle; nephews Leslie Rolle, Stephen Rolle and Dwight Troy; and many, many beloved friends.

He was preceded in death by his brothers Henry Troy Jr. and Sullivan Troy.

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