Julie Fuad: 1940-2011
JULIE Fuad was many things to many people but most of all she was a dearly loved wife, mother, grandmother and a precious friend.
Her love of people, her curiosity for life, including its spiritual dimension and her boundless creativity saw her pursue many different paths, all enriching for her personally, as well as for those she met along the way.
Born in Scotland in 1940,
reading was an early love, which led to the discovery of acting and art at school.
Happily an unsuccessful secretarial job at 17 saw her head to Cyprus where she met Ziaddon Mehmed Fuad. They fell head over heels in love and ran away together – Australia being the chosen destination on the grounds of temperature.
Collarenebri and then Moree were the couple’s first homes and later Armidale, where Julie went to university to become a teacher and later study an arts degree, majoring in drama.
She was known to happily announce: “Theatre was my joy, my hobby, my career, and now my continuing education.”
At 45, breast cancer was an obstacle Julie optimistically overcame.
Her hunger for new experiences remained undiminished and when the last of her four children left the nest, Julie wanted to move to Sydney and challenge herself with a new path of learning, psycho drama, taking dramatic role plays into prisons.
The death of their daughter, Melanie, from HIV, saw Julie embark on a new journey . . . grief counselling.
After Sydney, Julie and Zi moved to Bellingen, where Julie began an even more prolific phase of her life – she wrote a book on having a child with AIDS; she counselled, she sang and she started acting again, particularly in the very memorable play, Vagina Monologues.
The return of cancer in 2009, this time in her bones, was a shock but she fought and remained inspired to the end.
In her final days, she was surrounded by friends and family, still smiling and making jokes.
As one friend said: “Julie trod so gently on this earth but left it a better place. We were lucky to have known her.”