Cameron Bishop
1942 - 2021
Cameron D. Bishop, 78

Spencer, MA - Cam passed April 10, 2021, following emergency heart surgery.

He is survived by wife Mary Hollingsworth; son Jonathan of Oregon, wife Dawn and children Mikenna, Jacob, Noah and Talia; daughter Tania Thomas of Grafton, MA and children Tyson, Trey, Madison and Christopher; extended family, friends and colleagues.

Cam was dedicated to making the world a better place for all, with a strong sense of justice and equality, and the highest of ethics. He was a civil rights activist, a veteran later an antiwar protestor, and an advocate for those unable to speak for themselves. A long-time investigator, social worker, and ombudsman, he was highly respected in the Human Services sector, working for DSS, DPPC, and various Elder Services organizations. In Maine, as a Community Leader / School Board Member, he implemented policies and reformed curriculum for students with learning differences. He was also a rodeo rider, rancher, farmer, beekeeper and raised rabbits.

His private life was loving and devoted to family first. He loved watching sports, in particular college football, having played briefly at Penn State. But his real love was watching his talented grandchildren play sports, in person or remotely, or talking sports with them. He loved hosting family dinners. He was a fiercely loyal friend.

Cam was a life-long learner and avid reader. He attended Penn State, Colorado State, and Salem State where he obtained a Masters in Education.

Arrangements by Graham, Putnam & Mahoney, Worcester, MA. Burial will be private. A Celebration of his Life is planned for the summer. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his honor to the charity of your choice.

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Mary, I´m so sorry for your loss. I loved having conversations with Cam in the restaurant. You´re in my thoughts during this time. Connie (formerly of Five Loaves)
Connie collupy
April 20, 2021
I remember Cam and sister Mary's wedding and the toasts that were offered there after the ceremony. Friend Kermit Brown gave a lovely speech and I agreed when he said he had first been concerned that Cam and Mary were so very different - I believe he referred to them as the Rebel and the Princess! I voiced the same concern saying that my worries had been set aside when I saw my sister walking down the aisle so beautiful, confident and never so happy. I thanked Cam then and I thank him again. He left my sister with not only memories, but with all these grandchildren and a great-grand on the way. Mary loves those kids and they love Grandma Mary. This gift will be her lifeline to you -- I can't thank you enough for the happiness that you gave her. Wish I could have done this in person - it was long overdue. Peace be with you.
Jeanne Hollingsworth
April 18, 2021
I remember Cam and Mary's wedding and the toasts offered following the ceremony. Mine was to say that this: That I, like Cam's friend Kermit, was a little concerned about how very different Cam and Mary were-- I think Kermit's term for them was "The Rebel and The Princess!". I said that watching her walk down the aisle so beautiful and so confident told me I had no need to worry. I had never seen her happier. I then thanked Cam and will now thank him again. What a wonderful partner he has been -- he gave her four grandchildren who love Grandma Mary; they would have welcomed a great grandchild this year. Cam will continue to live on in Mary's life through his children and grands and great-grands. Thank you, Cam for this gift and for all the years you loved and cared for my dear sister. Peace be with you.
Jeanne Hollingsworth and Craig MacCoole
April 18, 2021
We are so sorry for your Loss, Mary and Cam´s family. Cam was extra kind to advice me several times when caring for my brother in a very difficult to navigate system.
Laura Cenedella
April 18, 2021
So sorry . Cherished as a neighbor, we will miss him.
Peter and Kim Hughes
April 17, 2021
Cam was one of the finest persons that I have ever known or shall likely ever know. His was a life of service; service to family, friends, colleagues, the less fortunate, and those who could not advocate for themselves. "When you love, you wish to do things for. You wish to sacrifice for. You wish to serve." - Ernest Hemingway Cam was present for the people he loved and gave of himself without expectation of reciprocity or benefit. He embodied respect, empathy, and understanding. Man oh man did he love his grandchildren! I shall miss my friend.
Kermit Brown
April 16, 2021
Sending condolences to the family from a fellow Ombudsman.
Lila Burgess
April 16, 2021
To Cam´s family, Please know that my life is truly richer for having known Cam. His wisdom, experience and pure desire to make this world a just place was inspirational. He had me at "a broken watch is right twice a day". May your memories bring you comfort. We have lost a treasure.
Geralyn Bailey
April 16, 2021
So sorry to hear of Cam´s passing . My heart is broken. He was one of my favorite customers religiously coming in with his good friend Kermit every week . Unfortunately, due to covid I hadn´t seen him or his buddy . May he Rest In Peace. He has a special place in my heart.
Lisa Petrone
April 15, 2021
Will add a photo here. Love you forever Cam!
Mary Hollingsworth
April 15, 2021