AMHERST - Frank S. Camera, 91, died peacefully in his home on Saturday, August 17, 2013. Born April 8, 1922 to Italian immigrants James Camera and Teresa Panuzzo Camera, Frank was the first US-born of their six sons.
A graduate of Lorain High School's class of 1940, Frank also earned an associate degree from the University of Wisconsin. Frank enlisted in the US Navy and served as a midshipman and tower control operator on Saipan during WWII. Frank married Maryann Dugovich on January 30, 1954 at St. Peter's Parish in Lorain.
Frank was a lifelong salesman. After a brief stint selling Insurance, he served most of his career in car sales for Ford Motor Company: at George May Ford, Lorain; at Mullinax Ford, Amherst; at Scotten Ford, Vermilion; and Liberty Ford, Vermilion.
Frank was an early member of Young Democrats of Lorain. He was a member of the Italian-American Veterans, active in the Senior Fellowship Club. He was a Third-Degree Knight and served as Financial Secretary in the Lorain chapter of the Knights of Columbus.
Frank was an avid golfer into his 90s and was an active league bowler up until his death. Frank was a member of St. Peter's Church in Lorain.
He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Maryann Dugovich Camera, of Amherst; son Michael J. Camera & wife Cathy Ramey Camera, of Avon; daughter Teresa "Tracy" Camera Lockhart & husband Dr. Eric Lockhart, of Amherst; son Carl Camera & wife Teresa Weathers Camera, of Austin, Texas; granddaughter Lauren Camera Conway & husband James Conway, of Las Vegas, Nev.; grandson Michael Camera of Toledo; granddaughters Elizabeth and Christina Lockhart, of Amherst; grandsons Christopher and Kevin Camera, of Austin, Texas; and brother Charles "Charlie" Camera, of Lorain.
He is preceded in death by his parents; an infant son, David; and his brothers Joseph, Jack, Patsie, and James Camera.
The family will receive friends at Reidy-Scanlan-Giovannazzo Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 2150 Broadway, Lorain (440) 244-1961 on Thursday, August 22, 2013 from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. Closing prayers will be held at the funeral home on Friday at 10:20 a.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, August 23, 2013 at St. Peter's Church, 3655 Oberlin Ave., Lorain, Fr. Craig M. Hovanec, Pastor, officiating with military honors to follow the Mass by the Italian American Veteran's Post #1. Private burial services will be held at a later date at Calvary Cemetery in Lorain.
Online condolences may be sent using www.rsgfuneralhome.com.
Published in The Morning Journal on Aug. 20, 2013