BLACK (NÉE GALLUPE), JULIE HEATHER (March 10, 1974 - May 31, 2023) – With the deepest sadness we are announcing the sudden passing of our mother, daughter, sister, aunt and friend, Julie Black (née Gallupe).
Julie unexpectedly moved onto her next party on May 31, 2023. She was Mom to India Annamanthadoo and Izaiah Black; wife of Andrew Black; daughter of Chris and Heather Gallupe; sister to Mark Gallupe and Angi Roberts; aunt to Mya, Emmitt, Mark, Mallory, Peyton, Jordana and Logan; best friend to Ozy Annamanthadoo and fabulous friend to so many others.
Julie was a beautiful spirit who radiated love. She was a force to be reckoned with, never a princess but always a rockstar, and the first person you noticed when you entered a room. Her remarkable hair had a personality of its own---never abiding by the rules, just like her. Her sense of style rivaled that of New York’s Fashion Week; her daughter India’s formative years were spent waiting outside the fitting rooms of the Urban Outfitters on Yonge St. When you visited her apartment, she would greet you at the door wearing her signature hair bandana, enveloped in the scent of Nag Champa incense.
Born and raised in the Village of Creemore, Julie attended Creemore Public School, Nottawasaga Public School and Collingwood Collegiate Institute. At these schools she made lifelong friends. Her Collingwood days were filled with friends, skiing, trips to the beach, concerts and working at Blue Mountain’s water slides as a lifeguard. After high school, Julie’s adventures continued in Guelph, and after India’s birth she moved to Toronto. She had immense pride in her ‘416’ number.
On May 21, 2006, Julie and Andrew tied the knot at the coolest place in Toronto, the Gypsy Co-op and recently celebrated their 17th anniversary. Izaiah joined the party a year later.
Her greatest joy in life was being a mother to India and Izaiah and she poured her heart into raising them. Her essence of kindness – and her wicked sense of humour – lives on in both of them.
Wherever Julie is now, we know she is sitting on a patio, sipping a cosmopolitan and groovin’ to Erykah Badu.
A celebration of life will be held at Creemore’s Station on the Green on Friday, June 9. The program begins at 2pm. Black attire is optional, but fabulous attire is mandatory.
In lieu of flowers, Julie’s sister, Angi has started a GoFundMe campaign Izaaiah's Future
to help support Julie’s son, Izaiah.