Giulietta (Julie) Camisa
Obituary For Giulietta (Julie) Camisa
Giulietta Camisa (1938-2021)
“Make gentle the life of this world.”
Giulietta (Julie) Camisa was born on October 11th in Pontypridd, South Wales, UK and died peacefully in Grande Prairie on December 16th after a long struggle with Alzheimer’s disease. While this disease robbed mum of her memories, it did not rob her of her good nature and her way of making people comfortable, happy, and loved while in her presence. She is mourned by her son, Victor, and his wife Sharon (Ottawa) and her son, Nick, and his wife Annette (Grande Prairie); her beloved granddaughters Emily and her fiancé Kaden (Grande Prairie) and Annika (Ottawa); sisters Rita and Maria, brother Ray and several nieces and nephews in South Wales and Canada. She loved all these people along with her many friends that she made over the years.
Julie was predeceased by her parents, Vittorio and Giulia Camisa, her sister-in-law, Lesley Camisa, and brother-in-law, Sean Kemble.
She moved to Edmonton in the late 1950’s and missed her Welsh family dearly. She was an inveterate letter writer and the Royal Mail in Britain and Canada Post here were kept very busy with her long letters detailing the comings and goings of her new home in Canada. Julie loved watching a good movie and loved her Hollywood stars of the 1940’s to the 1970’s, she later tried her hand at acting, appearing in a few Fringe plays, a couple of television commercials and as an extra in a movie (alas, not a blockbuster that would have captured her obvious talent thus resulting in her being “discovered”). She always loved to sing and was often heard at home singing Petula Clark and The Beatles among other hits of the ‘60’s. Later, she joined the Sweet Adelines, an acapella singing chorus, which resulted in her becoming their historian chronicling concerts throughout Alberta, Western Canada and, as far away as in Reno for a large chorus convention in the 1990’s.
In her later years, Julie was able to travel a bit more to Wales to visit with her family and even hosted family here when they could come. Mum loved being with her family. She was last, but not least, a doting Grandmother who could always be counted on to be on the floor playing with Annika or Emily. They both have fond memories of their Nai Nai (Annika) and Nonna (Emily) and her willingness to be solely focused on them when she was with one of them.
Julie would truly appreciate if you felt the need to grieve, that you do so quickly and then remember her spirit by singing a song, dancing a dance, hugging a family member, or watching a classic film.
Thanks go to the staff of the Grande Prairie Care Centre who treated mum with loving care for almost five years. As well, we are grateful for the attention made to mom’s spiritual needs in her final few days by Fr. Leo English of the St. Joseph’s Parish.
A celebration of Julie’s life will take place in Edmonton in the summer of 2022.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to a charity involving the rescue and/or care for animals in honour of Giulietta Camisa.
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