The Maplewood community was shocked and heartbroken to hear of the sudden death of Caitlin Evans-Jones, wife and mother of two, on Tuesday, March 14.
Arrangements for a celebration of her life are pending.
Jones fell gravely ill on March 3.
Immediately friends, neighbors and fellow parents of students at Tuscan School and Columbia High School set up a meal train and a gofundme page to aid Jones, her husband Gwynton, son Dylan (grade 10) and daughter Camryn (grade 4).
The New Jersey Center for Performing Arts posted a tribute to Jones on its Facebook page; see below. Village Green has posted a full obituary for Caitlin Evans-Jones here.
Colleagues of Caitlin at NJPAC have set up an education fund for her children on GoFundMe. To contribute, visit: https://www.gofundme.com/dylan-camryn-jones-education-fund.
To join the Jones family meal train, visit: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0448a4ab23a02-meals
To contribute to the Jones family gofundme, visit: https://www.gofundme.com/assistance-for-the-jones-family
NJPAC mourns the sudden loss of our beloved friend Caitlin Evans-Jones, a remarkable individual known for her dedication to NJPAC’s Center for Arts Education, who served as our Senior Director of School and Community Programs and was the longest serving member of the Arts Education department. Tens of thousands of students looked up to Caitlin throughout a 14-year career here, and their families, teachers and neighbors recognized her as a person willing and capable of changing their children’s lives in wonderful ways.
Just a few weeks ago Caitlin could be found backstage gently shepherding hundreds of 4th graders as they prepared for their Prudential Hall debut as cast members of the Disney Musicals in Schools presentation.
Over six weeks last summer, Caitlin played a critical role in NJPAC’s production of Savion Glover’s Bring Time Back @NJPAC. She ran every rehearsal, took production notes, negotiated with parents, student actors and musicians, and supported the vision of the director. She was an educator, a producer and an artistic force to be reckoned with.
Caitlin will be deeply missed by the entire NJPAC family as well as the greater community, which was enriched countless times by her generosity, creativity and talent.