A Tribute To Our Friend: The Light of Lucy
Lucy had spirit! She was a woman of strong conviction and tenacity. She always believed in the “underdog” and felt it was her purpose to rise people up. In fact, when the EBEA created the new committee, “Education Support Professionals” (ESPs) Lucy eagerly stepped up to the plate. She felt it was essential that ESPs have a stronger voice in our Association. Under Lucy’s watchful eye, the concerns and issues revolving around our ESPs were discussed, carefully investigated, and then brought to a meeting with EBPS Director of Human Resources. Lucy loved to solve problems!
Lucy also had a heart of gold! She felt a responsibility to “give back” to the community. Lucy organized many wonderful public service projects with her dearest friend, Florence Taliercio, by her side. These projects included the beautification of Butterfly Park in East Brunswick, the Winter Coat Drive, a collection for Woman’s Aware, and the Super Social just to name a few.
When EBEA needed volunteers to promote the work of public education and the importance of strong unions, Lucy was always first in line! She was a “tell it the way is” person and she believed that “together we are stronger”.
Lucy advocated for all EBEA members, loved her students at Irwin School, was a dedicated secretary to the principal and the East Brunswick Public Schools, and was a friend to all.
Lucy’s shoes can never be replaced. Her footsteps in the sand will remind each of us of her core values: love your family, hold your friends dearly, nurture the children, help those less fortunate, fight for strong public education, advocate for colleagues, and strive for a strong union.
We love you,
We miss you,
And we thank you for being a light in our lives.
As Ralph Waldo Emerson declared, “It is not the length of life, but the depth of life”. Lucy you have impacted so many in such a short time.