Barbara Truncellito (Provided Photo)
Community organizations are mourning the sudden reduction of Barbara Truncellito, taxpayer association president in Barnegat Mild and Island-wide, and an organizer on crucial services boards in Ocean County and beforehand, New York Metropolis. Past yr, she was hired by St. Francis of Assisi Parish to a new write-up, director of Parish Improvement.
“It’s such a massive, big reduction to us,” the Rev. Francis Di Spigno, pastor at St. Francis Parish, explained to The SandPaper on March 29. “She has worked at St. Francis for a minor in excess of a year and in that quick time designed a huge impression on every person.”
Truncellito’s specialist resume stated not only government positions in Manhattan, but also “Causes,” which she carried with her when she moved to Barnegat Mild. “Economic Empowerment, Human Rights, Youngsters, Poverty Alleviation, Catastrophe and Humanitarian Aid, and Education” named them.
“The look on the faces of adult males and women of all ages who are just hoping to capture a crack is all any of us need to continue our operate,” she as soon as wrote, as government director of the nationwide nonprofit charity Dignity U Use, which procures model-new clothes and donates it to veterans, catastrophe victims and other individuals in want.
Truncellito turned involved in the charity through her time working as a retail govt at Macy’s New York. A fellow New Yorker observed selecting by the trash for breakfast a single wintertime early morning experienced encouraged her. Calvin Klein and Basic Electric ended up among 282 firms that donated $9.4 million worthy of of new garments in 2013 by yourself, the yr Truncellito outlined the get the job done to The SandPaper.
For the previous four several years, her volunteer media relations work publicized Coastal Volunteers in Drugs, a cost-free, non-emergency family clinic for individuals without having healthcare coverage in the Southern Ocean County region. She was president of the Barnegat Mild Taxpayers Association, and just this calendar year was elected president of the Joint Council of Taxpayer Associations of Prolonged Beach Island.
Truncellito considered “the sky’s the limit” for the JCTA. Below her management, 1 of the first tasks the group undertook was a study of about 20 subjects to see what the best concerns were throughout the Island. The study yielded six subjects: 1st responders, security, taxes, seaside replenishment, flooding and offshore wind farms.
“Under her stewardship, the JCTA experienced expanded to 11 particular person taxpayer corporations with almost 50% of all LBI homes as customers,” famous Loaded Brodman, vice president of the Barnegat Light-weight Taxpayers Association.
“Barbara was a tireless employee and advocate for Barnegat Light,” reported Brodman and other officers and trustees, in a March 28 letter informing taxpayers of her current passing, which transpired at home. “She exuded the identical enthusiasm for Island-large challenges. She was a compassionate and deeply faithful human being who experienced good heat, humor, and optimism. She will be sorely skipped.”
Her published ebook of poetry was titled “In Fragile Twilight.” Also, she experienced been recognized for active involvement as a Democratic committeewoman.
As director of Parish Development, Truncellito had embarked on coordinating all of the parish’s various fundraisers. she experienced seen, for illustration, that during COVID, “our Group Middle grew to become a location of refuge and hope for the a short while ago unemployed, food items insecure, and individuals with counseling requirements.”
“As our improvement director, she was assisting us to meet our financial position, but also she believed in what we were executing and what we have been about,” explained Di Spigno. “She would continually discuss about all the diverse outreaches that we do. That is what fulfilled her, being aware of that the get the job done she was performing was to make guaranteed that the outreach and the ministry of St. Francis Parish and Center would go on.”
Inviting monetary sponsors for the St. Francis Pageant of the Sea was a single of her fundraising initiatives at the parish. Truncellito wrote a letter to probable donors outlining, working with the next portion of an analogy from St. Francis’ Peace Prayer, “Lord make me an instrument of your peace, where by there is darkness, light-weight.”
— Maria Scandale