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Camellia Symonowicz

Camellia M. "Cammie" Symonowicz

Thursday, June 20th, 1963 - Saturday, September 5th, 2020
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Obituary

Camellia M. “Cammie” Symonowicz, 57, of Auburn, passed away peacefully on Saturday September 5, 2020 at Lanessa Extended Care, Webster.

Born in Worcester, raised and educated in Auburn, Cammie was one of three children born to the late Richard M. Symonowicz, Sr. and Delia M. (Monroe) Symonowicz. She graduated with the Class of 1981, Auburn High School, prior to beginning her extensive college career. Cammie attended Norwich University/Vermont College, in the Nursing Program, between 1981 and 1984. She then attended Worcester State College, receiving a Bachelor of Biology in 1990. While she was a student at WSC, Cammie was in the Tri-Beta Honor Society. Lastly, in June of 2007, Cammie received her Master’s in Business Administration from Kennedy Western University, where she wrote her thesis on “Managing, Motivating, and Recognizing a Multigenerational Workforce.”

Cammie enjoyed many intellectually stimulating and fulfilling work experiences, including: working as a Research Technician, then Animal Facility Manager for Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center in Waltham; working as Operations Manager II in Veterinary Sciences Department for Bristol Myers Squibb for almost twenty years. Her involvement with her field extended past work, holding offices, involvement and awards within the LAMA and AALAS community.

Cammie was an enthusiastic New England sports fan - she loved rooting for her Patriots and Red Sox. She coached field hockey for Oxford High School, and enjoyed playing golf.

She leaves behind her sister, Julie A. Hanratty, of Auburn; her brother, Richard M. Symonowicz, Jr. and his wife Carol, of Oxford; her nephew, Ryan D. Hanratty, of Auburn; her niece, Alicia N. Belanger and her husband Peter, of Charlton; and great niece and nephew, Samantha and Connor Belanger.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Alzheimer’s Association c/o Grammie’s Groupies, P.O. Box 18, Auburn, MA 01501 or to Boston University Research: CTE Center (www.bu.edu/cte/financial-support/).

Relatives and friends are invited to visit with Cammie’s family between 10 AM and 12 PM on Saturday September 19, 2020 at the BRITTON-WALLACE FUNERAL HOME, 91 Central Street, Auburn, MA – masks will be required upon entering the funeral home and social distancing measures will be taken. Service and burial will be held privately for her family.
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  • Visitation

    Saturday, September 19th, 2020 | 10:00am - 12:00pm
    When
    Saturday, September 19th, 2020 10:00am - 12:00pm
    Location
    Britton-Wallace Funeral Home
    Address
    91 Central Street
    AUBURN, MA 01501
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    Notes
    Masks will be required upon entering the funeral home, and social distancing measures will be observed.
Service and burial will be held privately.

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Susan Hanrahan

Posted at 12:47pm
Always a good friend, a good sport, and THE MOST CARING person I’ve had the pleasure to know. Will always be thankful for her company on our cross-country trip in 1984! So many laughs, tears and memories! I will miss you, my friend!! 💔💔😞😞
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Lisa Secrest

Posted at 03:37pm
Cammie was near and dear to my heart. From the moment I met her in Portland, Oregon at a LAMA meeting she brought me into her circle and I never left that warm embrace. She was a connector and she drew people to her from all over the world. Cammie only had friends because who could withstand that big smile and over-the-top personality. It bowled you over and was infectious even to the most introverted person on the planet she brought the joy out of you. She was an ambassador for all of us and could bring up issues that might have been uncomfortable, but she still made people have the conversation and never let them feel uncomfortable in those sticky places. She inspired so many in the laboratory animal research field and she will be missed by so many more. I am going to miss my goofy, Red Sox loving, New England Patriot die-hard fan that always had my back or a shoulder to cry on and yes, the laughter. We laughed and laughed because that is how she conveyed herself in this world. It is the angels turn to laugh with her now. Miss you my friend.

Lisa Secrest
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Sharoll L'Italien

Posted at 07:57am
I first met Cammie on an airport bus heading to LAMA, and over the next twenty years she remained a friend and wealth of information. She never failed to sneak up on me from behind and her resulting laugh was infectious (she got me every time!). Sincere condolences to her family-she will always hold a special place with me.
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Ann-Marie Cochran

Posted at 11:00pm
Julie, Ryan and family remain in my thoughts and prayers. Cammie was an amazing friend whom I met in 2nd grade. I have countless memories of our time together in Camp Fire. She will be missed
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Mario Rodriguez

Posted at 09:01pm
What can i say. An angel of happiness decided to go back to heaven and the party is now there. I will always cherish every ocasions i shared with Cammie. I especially remember dancing at a Charlotte AALAS years ago. Super fun night. See you later my friend. May we find Peace, because I know You are at peace and having fun on the other side of the bridge. See ya’! Luv you my friend.
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