Dec 8, 2017

Hilary De Cambra R.I.P.

It is with great sadness that we pass on the news of the sudden death of Saints alumnus (1948-1953) Hilary DeCambra on Saturday 2 December, 2017, at his home in Brampton, Ontario.  Hilary was a past member of the Toronto Association Executive Committee during which time he acted as the Editor of the Association’s newsletter.

He leaves behind his older sister Clare and his younger brother Dennis (aka Bushy) who is also a Saints Alumnus (1951-1957) living in the Don Mills area of Toronto, Ontario.

The funeral arrangements for Hilary DeCambra are as follows:

The viewing will be on Wed. 13 December from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Ward Funeral Home, 52 Main St. S., Brampton, ON L6W 2C5, phone 905-451-2124.

There will be a funeral Mass on Thur. 14 December at 10:30 a.m. at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, 940 N. Park Dr., Brampton, ON L6S 3L5, phone 905-793-8030, followed by a private burial (immediate family only) at the Assumption Cemetery, Mississauga.

From Arthur Veerasammy

I came to know Hilary DeCambra when I joined the Toronto chapter of the St. Stanislaus College Alumni Association. In spite of his sometimes radical thinking and general approach to life, we hit it off so to speak. Our mutual love of photography and learning about the ins and outs of computer software, we became fast friends. His love of the homeland and his writings on the same topic included other friends such as Godfrey Chin and Ken Corsbie.

Hilary shared many of his writings including poetry and photographs (including postcards) of life in Guyana and later Canada. I must admit that I have no knowledge if any of his writings or poetry were ever published but I do know that he contributed in a meaningful way to Godfrey Chin's Nostalgias.

I am pleased to share here today two pieces of his - a poem 'Shifting Sans and Seawall' and a historical piece 'The Grand Old Lady of Classic Brass'. Enjoy!