Former Alliance of Automotive Service Providers of New Jersey (AASP/NJ) Executive Director Cindy Tursi passed away December 13. Tursi, who served the association from the 1988 through 2003, was 61.
Born in Wheeling, West Virginia and a former resident of Hillsborough, NJ, Cynthia resided in Branchburg, NJ, for 24 years. She retired in 2008 and had been self-employed for twenty years as AASP/NJ Association Manager.
“There aren’t enough words to describe what she did for the industry and for the association—it would take more of a book than a paragraph,” said AASP/NJ President Jeff McDowell. “Through determination, attention to detail and her commitment to wanting us all to be successful, she continually went over and above what was required of her.”
AASP/NJ members and leaders also paid their respects to Cindy Tursi. “When I took over as Executive Director, Cindy was my mentor. I remember writing an article that it was a big job to fill those little shoes. Well, Cindy showed me the way,” said Charles Bryant, current Executive Director for the AASP/NJ.
“She looked after us like we were her children. She called us, she worried about us… she was a good lady.”
Guy Citro, who served two terms and hired Cindy to become AASP/NJ President added, “She was a professional and put her heart and soul into her work. Cindy kept the association going. She was not only my executive director, but also a good friend. Cindy helped many ASA/NJ presidents along the way before she retired. I will sadly miss her and her friendship.”
In the over 50 year history of AASP/NJ, there have only been three Executive Directors.
Cindy followed association founder George Threlfall and was succeeded by current AASP/NJ Executive Director Charles Bryant.
“For a tiny gal, she was a powerhouse,” said Bryant, “Cindy was an organizer and seemed to have a form for everything. During her time as Executive Director for the AASP Garden State and before that with what we all referred to as the North Chapter, Cindy saw herself as the mother hen. She seemed to feel that part of her job was to look over they guys and make sure they played nice. When one got out of line, you would see the lion in her. When they did something nice or compassionate, you would see the cuddly kitten and if you actually pissed her off, my best advice would be to get out of Dodge.”
Cindy Tursi is survived by her husband of 32 years, Noel A. Tursi; her son, Dustin Tursi; her granddaughter, Summer Ann Tursi; her father, Henry Novacek; her brother, Terry (Florence) Lunger; her niece, Tera Lunger; and her nephew, Hutch Novacek.
At the request of the family, funeral arrangements are being privately held and under the direction of Branchburg Funeral Home, 910 US Highway 202 South, Branchburg, NJ 08876, (908) 526-7638.
For more information please visit www.BranchburgFuneral Home.com.