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Giulietta (Julie) Camisa

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Obituary For Giulietta (Julie) Camisa

Giulietta Camisa (1938-2021)

“Make gentle the life of this world.”
Dylan Thomas

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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  • 01/04/2022

  • 01/04/2022

    From your friend Dianna MacDonald. We first became friends at IGA but our friendship will last forever. My deepest condolences to Giulietta's family. Bless you my sweet friend Giulietta!

  • 01/02/2022

    First of all I would like to send my condolences to the family. Giulietta was a co-worker and a wonderful friend. I met her in 1989 at Heritage IGA in the bakery department where we worked together for sixteen years. She was a hard working, fun loving and one of the sweetest ladies I ever met. she was always singing, dancing and cheering up the staff. She would sing pop songs, usually the Beatles or British tunes like I've Got a Lovely Bunch of Coconuts. I had the pleasure of hearing her perform with Sweet Adelines and watching her perform in plays at the Fringe. Giulietta became a very close friend as time went on. When she moved to Wedman House, Rick and I would visit her weekly. Giulietta will always be loved and remembered by us both. We will remember the special times we had with her and the lovely person she was. To me she will always be in my heart and remain my beautiful Italian Rose. Until we meet again I love you always. Carol

  • 12/21/2021

    As a long time Grande Prairie resident, and a person born and bred in Wales, Rhoose, Barry and Cardiff. Having left in 1977, I offer my sincere condolence's to Julie's family as a, once Welsh person, and always a Welshman.

  • 12/19/2021

    My deepest sympathies to Julietta's sons, their spouses, her granddaughter's plus her siblings and their families. Very beautifully written obituary, honouring this sweet, caring, loving woman. My heart sank, when I heard the news of her passing on Thursday. Memories came flooding through my thoughts as the day went on. The first time I met Julietta in 2002, when I started in the bakery, I knew she was a special person. Welcoming all with open arms accepting them for who they were, saw the good in people, never an unkind word. We had such fun at work, her cute songs, tales of her school years keeping the nuns on their toes, life in Wales, strong love of family and faith in the Lord. On occasion when one was off sick, she would call the persons home singing her happy song " The sun has got his hat on......" to perk one up. Christmas was full of Carols, as we started before store opened. Julietta would entertain us with a song/dance some days at end of her shifts, amused customers too. I had the privilege of being her friend, spending much time with her after she retired. She would talk about the fun she had with her granddaughters, loved them so. She was so full of life. Tigger, who was her fur baby, was important in her life. She kept Tiggers ashes in a beautiful Wooden container, which went with her to her new place when Alzheimer's took over her life. When she found out about her diagnosis, it was her sons she worried about, that she might pass this on to them. That's the kind of person she was. Remembering everything she meant to me, what we had been through/shared helped with my sadness. Knowing she is whole again, entertaining her loved ones in heaven.

  • 12/18/2021

    To my dear Mamma: We cherished every moment, yet it still wasn't enough. It never was. We're happy that you are at peace. You will be in our thoughts, always. Love Victor, Sharon and Annika.

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