Obituary of Jacqueline Yvonne Ratcliff – Erie Times-News


Retired Deputy Chief of Police Jacqueline Yvonne Ratcliff, 72 of Erie, passed into eternal life on Sunday, September 25, 2022 at her residence. Born August 10, 1950 in Erie, Pennsylvania, she was the daughter of the late Bishop Tony R. and Pastor Aseline Jones Ratcliff.

Jacqueline graduated from Strong Vincent High School. She continued her studies at the University of Edinboro, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology. Jacqueline then joined the Erie Police Bureau in 1974, an unwelcoming time for blacks and women as recruits.

A law enforcement and community pioneer, Jacqueline built a distinguished 31-year career with the Erie Police Bureau. She worked for over a decade with the patrol division before being promoted to detective. History was made in 2001 when Jacqueline was promoted to Deputy Chief of Detectives. She finally retired in 2005 as the highest-ranking woman and highest-ranking African-American officer in the history of the Erie Police Bureau.

Jacqueline believed in church, family and community. She loved the Lord, enjoyed reading the Bible, and humbly served as an elder for the New York, Pennsylvania, and New England (NYPANE) State Council of Pentecostal Churches of the Apostolic Faith International. Understanding the importance of higher education and in honor of her beloved father, she established the Bishop TR Ratcliff College Fund to help local college students. Jacqueline also loved gospel music, live jazz and dancing.

Her grandson, Justin, was the sparkle in her eyes.

Jacqueline will forever be missed by her beloved son, Justin Nwokeji; his grandson, Justin Isaiah Nwokeji; his siblings, Janet Hardimon (Larry), brother Tony Ratcliff, Jr. (Connie), pastor Joyce Moses, JoAnn Abbott (Robert), Ronald Ratcliff, Jonathan Ratcliff (Ernestine), Sherri Williams (Vincent), Denise White, Stacy Hinton, and Mark Ratcliff, all of Erie, PA; and James Ratcliff of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

Friends are asked to call Greater Bethlehem Temple Church, 4103 Washington Avenue, on Sunday, October 2, 2022 for a memorial service from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Monday, October 3, 2022 for an 11:00 a.m. service.

Arrangements are the responsibility of Burton Quinn Scott Cremation & Funeral Services, Inc. Downtown, 602 W. 10th St., Erie.

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Posted on September 29, 2022

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