Joseph Nathaniel Gittens was born in Parish Land, St. George, and educated at St. George Boys’ School.
On leaving school, he made a living as a carpenter and a joiner.
Married to Lilian Gittens, who is still alive, the couple had two children. They also have seven grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.
A devout worshipper of St. George’s Anglican Church, Joseph was a member of the Men’s Fellowship.
A lover of cricket, Joseph played and watched the game on Sheffield playing field, Lower Estate, St. George.
His daughter, Vivienne St. Hill, described her father as a great husband, father and grandfather, who was very protective of his family. She also said he was a people’s person and enjoyed robust conversations with friends and family.