Alicia Maria Teresa de la Campa passed away unexpectedly on December 26, 2020 at the age of 75 in Lawrenceville, NJ. She was born in Havana, Cuba to the late Miguel Angel de la Campa and Alicia Blanco. After being forced to leave Cuba as a young teenager, she moved to Washington D.C., a city she fell in love with when she visited her grandfather at the Cuban Embassy as a child. She went on to raise her family there and it always remained near and dear to her heart.
She was predeceased by the love of her life, husband Alberto Roldan. She is survived by her children, Alicia Ana Maria Brabant (Paul), Lorna Cole Durish (Scott), her precious grandchildren, her sister Ana Maria Martinez (Guillermo), brother Miguel de la Campa, niece Ana Maria Perez (Xavier), nephew Guillermo Martinez (Jenny), Tracey Dev (Jay), and many adoring cousins, nieces, nephews, and life-long friends.
A talented and creative Interior Designer, avid reader, and always a loving mother to her daughters and sons-in-law, there was no role she cherished more than that of doting grandmother. Her grandchildren were her pride and joy, and the feeling was mutual. She was a storyteller with an astounding memory, armed with a knowledge of the past that could easily rival that of the most accomplished historians. Her brilliance matched with her passion for history, cultures, and family created a home environment filled with inquiry, debate, morality, and, most importantly, love. Family dinners with “Buela” were incredibly important to her children and grandchildren. They allowed for deeply analytical conversations with family while enjoying Buela’s carefully crafted Cuban meals made with love. She was one of the most loving, caring, generous, and intelligent human beings, always navigating life’s challenges with true grace and an incredibly positive attitude. Family was everything to her and she passed that value onto her children and grandchildren. Her sudden passing leaves a void in the lives of so many people that will never be filled. She was truly one of a kind. Those who felt her love were blessed.
In lieu of flowers, please consider honoring Alicia’s memory by donating to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.