Glenn McCoy Gotell Jr., affectionately known as “Big Coy,” was born in Elizabeth, NJ on July 18, 1971, and passed away unexpectedly on November 12, 2022, at the age of 51, in Trenton, N.J. He attended Newark Technical High School, where his intelligence and talents were recognized and appreciated.
While growing up, Big Coy was an avid builder who loved building go carts, tree houses and playhouses for his siblings, cousins and friends in Newark, NJ. He also enjoyed bike riding, playing tackle football, and “flipping” with his brother, friends and cousins. However, above anything else, he loved fishing! Fishing was his love language that he shared with his children, family, and friends.
In the early 2000’s, Big Coy and his family moved to Syracuse, NY, where he took on many endeavors. He loved to cook, having worked at various restaurants and convenience stores where he made deep personal connections. He loved people and was well known in any neighborhood where he lived as a giver and friend. He also worked in sanitation at the Syracuse bus terminal. Big Coy was a leader at heart with an entrepreneurial spirit. His entire life, he has always worked in supervisory positions in various capacities. His most loved position was as crew supervisor at the New York State Fair. And even after returning to NJ from NY a little over 2.5 years ago, he started his own lawn care business, while working in a convenience store. If it’s one thing you knew about Big Coy, it’s that he loved to work and could get a job in a great recession, always finding a way to make an honest living to support himself.
Coy returned to Ewing, NJ to be closer to family, especially his mother (momma’s boy). He was kind, caring and loved his family deeply. He is preceded in death by his grandson Tymeir Gotell and stepfather Ronald Smith. He is survived by his children; Glenn Gotell III and Markus Gotell, his grandchildren; Markese Gotell, Olivia Parkis, Jayden Gotell and Assad Gotell, mother; Dorothy Smith, siblings; Vincent White (Luchana White), Akilah Smith, Rahshida Atkins-Smith, Shahidah Smith, and a host of other family members; including cousins, nieces, nephews, friends, aunts, uncles, and stepbrothers who loved him dearly.