Milton D. Calcamuggio, an electrical engineer whose long-time interest in boating was launched by a Toledo Edison Co. colleague, died Saturday at Hospice of Northwest Ohio in Toledo.
Mr. Calcamuggio, 81, a lifelong Toledo resident, died as a result of renal failure and other health issues, said Jill Calcamuggio, his wife of 55 years.
The couple were long-time members of the Toledo Roadrunners Club, although he did not run himself.
Instead, he volunteered for the organization and encouraged his wife, who ran in various events.
"He always said he'd beat me to the finish line," his wife said. "He was a wonderful supporter."
Mrs. Calcamuggio said she began racing at age 45 and stopped running about a year ago.
Mr. Calcamuggio's interest in helping runners translated into a role as a track official for prep events with the Ohio High School Athletic Association.
A 1954 graduate of the University of Toledo, he kept close ties with his alma mater. The couple had season tickets for the Lady Rockets basketball team and were members of the team's fan club. When Mr. Calcamuggio became ill, the Lady Rockets sent him a get-well card to bolster his spirits, his wife said.
Mr. Calcamuggio was born on April 19, 1931. After graduation from Macomber Vocational High School, he attended the University of Toledo, graduating in 1954 with an electrical engineering degree.
He joined the Reserve Officer Training Corps and was commissioned a second lieutenant, retiring from the Army Reserves as a major.
He was a competitive marksman while in the service, and became a life member of the national Rifle Association, his wife said.
He joined Toledo Edison Co. in 1956 and remained there for 34 years, beginning as an assistant electrical engineer. When he retired in 1990 as an electrical engineering supervisor, he was stationed at the Davis-Besse nuclear power plant, his wife said.
A co-worker piqued his interest in boating in the 1960s and the couple embarked on a love affair with the avocation, beginning with a 16-foot outboard boat, and gradually owning several cabin cruisers capable of sailing Lake Erie and Lake Huron.
"We never owned a fleet," his wife said. "Only one boat at a time."
One of the last boats was a 1954 wooden Chris Craft that the couple worked on for many years to make it habitable "and safe in the water ... and not leaking."
A favorite destination was Lake Huron's North Channel in Ontario, his wife said.
He was a member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary, the Antique and Classic Boat Society, and Bayview Yacht Club.
Mr. Calcamuggio met his wife while attending the university. She is a native of England who moved with her family to Toledo. She was studying medical technology when they met. They were married in 1957 and had two sons. One son, Carl, preceded him in death.
He maintained memberships in the Toledo Area Military officers Association, Harbor Light Lodge, F&AM, and St. Paul's Lutheran Church, downtown, where he served on the church council.
Mr. Calcamuggio is survived by his wife, Jill; son Rick Calcamuggio; five grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Foth-Dorfmeyer Mortuary, 3815 Sylvania Ave., where Masonic services will be held at 7 p.m.
Graveside funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Ottawa Hills Memorial Park.
A celebration of life service will follow at noon at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, downtown.
Memorials are suggested to Hospice of Northwest Ohio or St. Paul's Lutheran Church.
Contact Jim Sielicki at: email@example.com or 419-724-6050.
Published in Toledo Blade on Nov. 5, 2012