ELYRIA – Vincent A. Cambarare, age 80, of Elyria, passed away peacefully, Tuesday, May 8, 2012, at his residence under the care of New Life Hospice following an extended illness.
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Son of the late David C. and Josephine M. (nee Yerico) Cambarare, he was born July 1, 1931 in Lorain where he resided until moving to Elyria in 1991. He attended Lorain High School then enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1951, serving in the Korean Conflict earning the rank of Sergeant.
Vince was employed as a welder with US Steel retiring in 1987 after 37 years of service. He later taught welding classes at LCCC. He was a dedicated volunteer of the former Lorain Emergency Police where he earned the rank of Lieutenant after which he joined the Lorain Auxiliary Police where he earned the rank of Major serving 40 years. He also worked security for Lorain Municipal Court.
He received a proclamation from the office of the Mayor proclaiming March 24, 2012 as "Vince Cambarare Day" for his over 50 years of volunteer service to the city of Lorain.
Vince was the current president of the Fraternal Order of Police Associates of Ohio, Inc. Lorain Lodge #46. His memberships include the US Steel Retirees; Amvets Post #47 and American Legion Post 30, Lorain; and the VFW Post 1079 and Loyal Order of Moose Lake Erie Lodge #552, Elyria. He was an associate member of the K of C Council 637, Lorain. A member of the Hungarian Reformed United Church of Christ, Lorain, he served as General Chairman from 1984 to 1990. He was English Chairman from 1980 to 1981 and a member of Consistory from 1976 to 2005.
Surviving are his wife of 20 years, Darlene M. (nee Kolis) Cambarare, sons, Vincent A. (Denise) Cambarare of Ravenswood, WV and retired Lorain Police Captain Russ C. (Lynn) Cambarare of Lorain, and daughter, Gina M. (John) Smarsh of Sandusky, step-children, Lisa Amato, Vincent (Michelle) Amato and Ralph Amato, twelve grandchildren and one great-grand child, brother, Carmen (Jeanette) Cambarare of Elyria, sisters, Eleanor (Brad) Boden of Amherst and Clara Shepherd of Vermilion, several nieces and nephews and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his first wife Norma J. (nee Kish) Cambarare, and brothers Bart, Joseph and David Cambarare.
The family will receive friends, Friday, May 11, 2012, from 4:00 to 8:00 PM in the Hungarian Reformed United Church of Christ, 1691 E. 31st St., Lorain, OH, where funeral services will be held Saturday, May 12, 2012 at 11:00 AM, Rev. Peter L. Toth, pastor, presiding.
Interment will follow at Elmwood Cemetery, Lorain
Arrangements are under the direction of the Nunn-Coleman-Cambarare Funeral Home, 9810 Denison Ave., Cleveland, OH, 44102, Joseph D. Cambarare, Licensed Funeral Director, 216-631-9292.
Published in The Morning Journal on May 10, 2012