September 17, 1948 – April 18, 2021
Guy Camomilli, age 72, passed away on Sunday, April 18, 2021 after a long battle with pulmonary fibrosis. He is survived by many friends and family who loved him. He and his wife, Lynda, celebrated 50 years together just before his passing. Guy had a quiet strength within him and fought to stay with us beyond expectation.
Guy was the second of 5 children and was born September 17, 1948 in Detroit, Michigan. At age15, he moved to Florida, and lived the rest of his life there. Guy was a very perseverant (and some would say stubborn) man. He worked himself through three degrees, culminating in a Masters of Public Health. With this, he became a very important leader in the NASA occupational health and safety program. His ideas and contributions are still in place at NASA today. He never stopped working to improve his knowledge and also had many certifications to go along with his degree.
Guy was an avid fish tank enthusiast, and kept many different kinds of fish over the years. He drew respite and relaxation watching his fish in the evening.
Perhaps the most prolific of Guy’s hobbies was woodworking. Guy was nothing short of an artist. He built large furniture, and was very handy at improvising and creating useful storage around the house. When the pulmonary fibrosis became too taxing, Guy became an expert wood carver. His many spoons, canes, and miniature furniture are a testament to his talent.
Intellectual discussions were another of his favorite pastimes. He made many friends with his ability to listen as well as thoughtfully speak. Science and God were some of his favorite subjects.
Guy’s sense of humor was unrivaled. To this day, his many sayings are fondly repeated amongst those who knew him best. His favorite movie was Christmas Vacation, and he quoted most of the movie (to his daughters’ chagrin in their teenage years) during the holiday season. It is difficult to articulate how well-rounded, intelligent, talented, funny, and loving Guy was. To quote his favorite book, Mere Christianity by C. S. Lewis, ”Humility is not thinking less of yourself, but thinking of yourself less."
Go rest and be with God and your family who has gone before you. You are free now, we will love you forever.
A celebration of life service will be held on Saturday, May 8, 2021 at noon with a gathering beginning at 10:00 am at Brevard Memorial Funeral Home, 5475 North US Highway 1, Cocoa FL.
Guy indicated as one of his last wishes that donations be made in lieu of flowers to either the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America or the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation.
Guests who wish to join remotely may stream the service by visiting the Brevard Memorial Funeral Home Facebook page 10-15 min prior to the service which begins at noon. Please be sure to access the page using Google Chrome.
Saturday, May 8, 2021
Saturday, May 8, 2021
May 3, 2021
My deepest condolences to Guy’s wife, daughters and extended family. My hope is that the wonderful memories you have of him will bring you comfort and even laughter in the coming days, weeks and months as you grieve for him.
Know that I and all of NASA grieve with you. While his life was cut shorter than all of us would have liked, he left his mark through his work at NASA which will stand as a testament to his dedication and commitment to the health of the workforce. He also left his mark by the joy he had for living. People gravitated to him because of this. His respect for others, work ethic and knowledge of Environmental Health and Safety made it wonderful to work with him. He was a team player and a true leader.
His memory will endure in our hearts and minds for many years to come.
May 1, 2021
As we go through life, we reflect on those who have made a positive impact on us. After working closely with Guy from 2003 until he retired and remaining in touch with him and his family until his untimely passing, he made me a better person. He was not perfect, but his many qualities and capacity to look for the positive things in life were impressive. His dedication, ability to remember and recite ridiculous movie lines, his sarscam, his forgiving nature, his excitement about finding and testing a new gadget, the stories and photos he shared about his family, his affinity for different kinds of food, and the detailed explanation of the corals and fish in his fish tanks made him unforgettable. The NASA occupational health team’s travels to conduct reviews would have been boring and uneventful had it not been for Guy utilizing his new gadgets and GPS systems—all with his intent of streamlining processes and staying current with technology (mum’s the word on the times we got lost due to his new GPS!). There is no doubt that the qualities Guy embodied are helping him on his new journey. NASA was lucky to have such a faithful and focused employee who genuinely cared about the workforce safety and health. And we are lucky to have worked with and known him. Ad astra, Guy. We’ll see you again, and you’ll be leaps ahead of us
April 28, 2021
We study, work hard, raise our family, contribute to society, help our family and friends and lead an honest and respectful life. Some of these traits become our legacy, but our true legacies are the children we have raised to become adults and make the world a better place. Guy’s legacy is powerful. He raised two wonderful human beings, one of which I am very proud to also call my daughter. Rest in peace my friend, I salute you, job well done❤️
April 25, 2021
Remembering Guy as a colleague and a person. He was a consummate professional who at the same time was genuinely warm and caring . He had a wonderful sense of humor and always made any place he was- better for it. I am saddened by his passing. Prayers and gratitude to his family for sharing him with us. The world needs more Guy's.
April 22, 2021
Sincere Condolences to the family and friends of Guy S. Camomilli. Guy and I worked together developing NASA Safety and Health Policy for the Agency in accordance with 29CFR1960 on a daily basis. The policy that came forth from that basic CFR lead NASA to have one of the lowest injury illness rates in the Federal Government. Guy's character is reflected in one of Winston Churchill's quotes, " Courage is rightly esteemed the first of human qualities because it is the quality which guarantees all others." In my view that says what Guy achieved as the Senior Environmental Health Officer every day of his working life.
He sought, the best preventative requirements to protect the health of NASA workers and he supported his Industrial Hygiene Officials throughout the Agency. Guy set the standard for all that may follow in his profession and may he ever be remembered for his excellence in serving the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. God Speed my Friend! Jonathan B. Mullin
April 21, 2021
Guy helped NASA achieve some of its greatest goals and he truly helped with the Health and Safety of EVERY NASA employee by the work that he did. He will be greatly missed!
April 20, 2021
I had the fortunate opportunity to work Guy over the many years. He will be remembered for his professionalism and technical expertise! He was a dedicated individual that strived to make us all better. I so enjoyed our discussions during audits where he would explain the hazards considerations and with great care make the point. He was charming, fun to be around and he loved his family! He will be so missed by many and remembered with great respect for his accomplishments within the agency.
Sympathy and prayers to all the loved ones be strong and remember all the good times!
April 20, 2021
My sincere condolences to the Camomilli Family. Guy was a well respected health and safety professional whose experience and wisdom were most appreciated. I will always value what he taught me about the history of health and safety at our agency. He was a knowledgeable, very kind and helpful person.
Eternal rest grant unto him and may perpetual light shine upon him and may he rest in peace.
Fay Camomilli Perry
April 20, 2021
My Dear Loving Brother Guy,
I'll miss our bond. I'll miss our love of music. I'll treasure your Valentine's Day Card I still have. The days you took off from work to spend time with me.
Most of all I'll miss you. Our love of fish and aquariums, laughing over our dark humor. My heart's broken ♡
I'll love you forever ♡♡