Frank S. Camera, 91, died peacefully in his home Saturday, August 17, 2013. Born April 8, 1922, to Italian immigrants, James Camera and Teresa Panuzzo Camera, Frank was the first U.S. 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 U.S. 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, Mullinax Ford, Amherst, 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 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 and wife, Cathy Ramey Camera, of Avon; daughter, Teresa “Tracy” Camera Lockhart and husband, Dr. Eric Lockhart, of Amherst; son, Carl Camera and wife, Teresa Weathers Camera, of Austin, Texas; granddaughter, Lauren Camera Conway and husband, James Conway, of Las Vegas, Nevada; 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, Thursday, August 22, 2013, from 4 to 8 P.M. Closing prayers will be held at the funeral home Friday, August 23, 2013, at 10:20 A.M. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 A.M., Friday, at St. Peter’s Church, 3655 Oberlin Ave., Lorain, with Father Craig M. Hovanec, Pastor, as the Celebrant. 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.