In memory of
Sayeed Abdul-Muntaqim 1956 - 2013 SPRINGFIELD - Sayeed Abdul-Muntaqim, 57, of Springfield, MA, passed away peacefully with his wife at his side on Sunday, July 14, 2013. Born as Phillip Atkinson in Brooklyn, NY, he was a son of Arvie Elaine (Oliver) and William Atkinson. Sayeed graduated from Far Rockaway High School and John Jay College. Sayeed, also known as "Rainbow" by his fans, was a member of a comedy basketball team, the Court Jesters, and for 34 years, he entertained children around the world ... often to aid childrens' cancer charities. He had a big heart, was always willing to help in any way he could, and was loved by so many people. His faith in Islam was first and foremost in his life, followed by family and his love for basketball. Sayeed leaves his wife, Correen Bloomfield Abdul-Muntaqim of Springfield; his brother, Paul (and wife, Virginia) Atkinson of Freeport, NY; four children, Kimani (and wife) of Brooklyn, Asha Atkinson-Schneid (and husband, Kurt) and Baiyina Atkinson, both of VA, and Tahani Gondolfi of NE; six step-children, Christina Gladden, Crystal Bloomfield, Patricia Clarke, Simone Harrison, Gary Hunter (and fiancee, Tiffany Garnier), and Patrick Clarke; five nieces, Crystal Cyrus, Christina Cyrus, Shanice Atkinson, Rashanna Atkinson, and Cadence Meade; a nephew, Jerrod Atkinson; six grandchildren, Kaileb Schneid, Austin Schneid, Daelaunie Gladden, Adrianna Hunter, Aiden Hunter, and Amiyah Bloomfield; three cousins, Diane Fisher-Young, Michelle Bolden of Brooklyn, and Peggy Atkinson of NC; several very close friends, Andy Eckman, Donnie Seale, Al Perry, Carlus Bingo, Steve Burton, and Nat Harris; and his brothers in Islam, Imam Baki, Marwan, Rayhan, Yasir, Yusef, Kamal, Dr. Ali, Abdullah, Idris, Salim, and Nadeem. There will be a tribute and celebration of his life at the Basketball Hall of Fame at 6 p.m. Saturday, July 27.
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