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Donald W. Camolli

1942 - 2015 TOWNSHEND Donald W. Camolli, 73, of Williamsville, died at Grace Cottage Hospital on Nov. 17, 2015, following a short, courageous battle with cancer. He was born in Brattleboro Nov. 13, 1942, third son of Edward R. and Josephine DeAnzeris Camolli. He attended Vernon Elementary School and Brattleboro High School. Shortly after high school, Don began his life's adventure, at first with the National Guard during the Vietnam era, then traversing the country, learning a little about a lot of things and cultivating his love of all living things. He was also an expert house painter, among other things. He spent many years living and working in Maine with his younger brother, Ed. While living in Maine, Don worked as a carpenter with Ed. He also worked in some of the big, local apple orchards. Don took advantage of what Maine had to offer in the way of fishing, camping, hunting. Don was also always helping people out who were in need. He followed the harvests, coming back to New England during the fall to pick apples, and out to the West, picking vegetables and working his way across the country, doing whatever work he could find. He especially loved gardening and throughout his life, he cultivated a vast knowledge of trees, plants, mushrooms and everything in between. He was adept at pruning fruit trees in the fall, vegetables in summer, and everything else in the off seasons. He was most happy working in someone's garden, planting and cultivating vegetables and fruits. He returned to New England five years ago after a 20-year stint in the Portland, OR area. He leaves one sister, Josephine Howard of Brattleboro, and her husband, Maurice; four brothers, Joseph of Bradenton, FL, Thomas of Brattleboro, Edward of Buckfield, ME and Ralph of Portland, OR; cousins, nieces and his nephew, Steven of Brattleboro, to whom he passed along his love of classic films and edible flora. He was predeceased by his parents, his mother in 1957, and father in 1981, as well as a brother, Howard, in an airplane crash in Lake Michigan in 1980. SERVICES: There will be no funeral services, as per Don's request. A celebration of his life is planned for spring. As a lifelong animal lover, friends, family and everyone else can send memorial contributions to the Windham County Humane Society, 916 West River Road, Brattleboro, VT 05301.
Published in Brattleboro Reformer on Nov. 18, 2015
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