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Joan Tisch passes away at 90

New York Giants v Atlanta Falcons Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

Joan H. Tisch, matriarch of the family that owns 50 percent of the franchise, passed away Thursday morning after a brief illness. She was 90.

Mrs. Tisch was the widow of Preston Robert “Bob” Tisch, who purchased a 50 percent share of the Giants in 1991.

All three Tisch children – Steve (the Giants’ chairman and executive vice president), Laurie and Jonathan (the Giants’ treasurer) – work in the Giants organization.

“Joan Tisch was a great lady who led an extraordinary life that touched so many people,” said John Mara, Giants president and chief executive officer. “She was an outstanding role model for her wonderful family and for all of us who knew her. We will miss her dearly.”

In Mrs. Tisch’s memory, the Giants will wear a decal with her initials (JHT) on their helmets this Sunday. For the remainder of the season, they will wear a jersey patch with her initials.