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Tammy McVey Camilleri



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Tammy McVey Camilleri, 57, of Southbury, passed away in the loving presence of her family in the evening of October 12. Tammy was born August 29, 1963, in Uniontown, Penn., to Donald and Edna McVey.

Tammy is survived by her beloved husband, Bob; two children, Alexandra and Tyler; mother, Edna McVey; two siblings, Kelly and Sean McVey; nieces/nephews, Emma and Jack Barry and Joseph and Anna Camilleri; mother- and father-in law, Bette and Joseph Camilleri; brother-in-law, Joseph Camilleri; sister-in-law, Olga McVey; and many loving extended family members.

She was preceded in death by her father, Donald McVey.

She was married to the love of her life, Robert Camilleri, in November of 1988. She blessed the world with two beautiful children that meant everything to her, Alexandra and Tyler. Tammy resided in town which allowed her to spend time with her loving mother, darling sister, and her nieces and nephews, who she would refer to as her “sweet souls.”

Tammy graduated from Newtown High School in 1981 and went on to receive her Bachelor of Arts from Albertus Magnus College in 1985 and her masters in communication from Fairfield University in 1986.

Tammy has always been a joy and guiding light to all those around her. Her passion for knowledge and learning was profound and very integral to her way of life. Her passion for education was evidenced by her role as a professor at Western Connecticut State University. Tammy strived to take her role as an educator beyond the classroom and was cherished by many for her compassion, wisdom, and insight. To everyone, Tammy was more than just a wife, mother, sister, daughter, aunt, and teacher; she was an inspiration to many, a confidant to those who needed it, and always available to impart wisdom and encouragement. Anyone that was around her for any period of time learned lessons of gratitude, kindness, and self-worth.

Tammy also had a deep love for music, sports statistics, and enjoyed spending time with her favorite furry companions, Titan, Jordan, and Henry. She had a quick wit like her father and amazing recall for details. She was an avid reader and could spend countless hours being lost in the library. Family time was her focus and she cherished family meals and holiday time. Celebrating each moment, “staying present” as she would always say.

One thing Tammy believed in was always remaining positive and reflecting on each day as a gift. Today, in her honor, we ask you to do something kind for someone you care about or surprise a stranger.

In lieu of flowers, our family welcomes gifts of love from those who wish to express them through donations to Cyrenius H. Booth Library, 25 Main Street, Newtown CT 06470. Please include in your donation, a note stating, “In memory of Tammy McVey-Camilleri,” and a return notification address of Robert Camilleri PO Box 35, Southbury CT 06488.

Due to COVID-19 concerns, there will be a Mass of Christian Burial celebrated at St Rose Of Lima Church on Friday October 16, at 10:30 am for the immediate family. Those wishing to pay their respects may participate via strosechurch.com/live-stream.

A private burial will immediately follow at St Rose of Lima Cemetery. Funeral arrangements are in care of Honan Funeral Home, 58 Main Street, Newtown.

To leave an online condolence, visit honanfh.com.

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  1. atlantis says:

    This is absolutely heartbreaking, and I can’t believe it. She was so young! I’m 31 now, but I remember being a student in her communications course at WCSU back in 2007. While I ultimately majored, and subsequently mastered in Finance, I will never forget the positive energy she brought to the classroom. She had an enthusiasm that I only *wish* most professors could have. The fact that I remember this so vividly is a testament to how different she was. Her morning class always provided me with extra motivation and energy that I needed, and took with me, into the rest of the day. She very likely enriched many lives, and I am no exception to that fact.

    My absolute condolences to the family and friends of Tammy. May she rest in peace forever.

    Richard A.

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