Diane Mackay (shown right), a member of the Jersey City Education Association (JCEA), shared these words at the NJEA caucus meeting on July 1:

It is with the heaviest of hearts that I give you the news of the unexpected passing of JCEA Vice President and Grievance Chair Tina Thorp (shown left) . A 41-year veteran of Jersey City Public Schools and a JCEA leader, Tina was known to all for her welcoming personality and contagious laughter.

Tina leaves behind a daughter, but she also leaves behind 4,000 members who she considered all of her children. We called her “Mama T” because she took care of all of us.

Tina was a constant at every NEA RA, having served as a delegate for over 25 years. She welcomed every first-time delegate and always served as a mentor to them. Tina was also a member of the Human Rights Committee, a committee she served with pride and honor.

Today, I am honored and blessed to speak on her behalf and make you all aware of how her life has touched us in Jersey City and Hudson County.

I ask for a moment of silence in memory of Tina Thorp. She will be terribly missed, and I will carry her in my heart always, but also at every RA I attend in the future.

May Tina rest in peace.