MARQUETTE, Mich. - Alfred A. Camilli, age 99, of 323 East Magnetic Street, Marquette, Michigan, passed away Saturday morning, August 25, 2012.
He was born May 20, 1913 in Crystal Falls, Michigan, to Attilio and Elena (Mottes) Camilli. Al's goal was to reach age 100 and he almost achieved it!
Al graduated from Crystal Falls High School in 1931 and from Michigan Tech in 1935 with a degree in Chemical Engineering. Upon graduation, he joined Cliffs Dow Chemical Company in Marquette where he was employed until the plant closed in 1969. He then worked for the Marquette Chamber of Commerce as Executive Vice President until 1976. He also served as Secretary/ Manager of the Marquette Builders Exchange from 1969 until 1986. He considered himself very fortunate that he was able to spend his entire working life in the Upper Peninsula.
Alfred A. Camilli
Al served the Marquette community in many ways. He was active with Boy Scouts, Junior Achievement, and the Public Works Advisory Board. He was a life member of B.P.O.E. Elks Club #405, Knights of Columbus Chapter #689, The American Chemical Society and the Michigan Tech Alumni Association. Al was especially active with the Kiwanis Club of Marquette, having 50 plus years of perfect attendance. He served as President of the local Kiwanis group at one time and also held the position of Lt. Governor of his club's district. In 1997, he received the George F. Hixon award, the highest recognition given by Kiwanis International.
He and his wife, Violet, loved square dancing in their younger years. He maintained recreational interests in card playing, gardening, bowling, and golfing. With the help of good weather, he produced bountiful potato and raspberry crops in his back-yard garden.
Perhaps his most admirable trait was that he always looked for the "good" in everyone he met.
Al always made time for his children and grandchildren and they benefitted greatly from his experience and wisdom. This was often passed on through the telling of colorful stories and jokes.
Al is survived by his children Ray (Sara) Camilli; Wayne (Marlene) Camilli; and Carole (Barry) McCauley; nine grandchildren: Michael, Clark, Keith, Brian, Meghan, Andrea, Tom, Stephen and Cara; and seventeen great-grandchildren: Payton, Sophia, Chase, Tauni, Tobias, Seppi, Olivia, Frances, Carson, Kelsey, Reiko, Katie, Elizabeth, Alexander, Abigail, Hannah and Francesco.
Al was predeceased by his beloved wife, Violet (Stewart) Camilli, to whom he was married for 67 years, his parents, one brother, Camillo, whom he considered his mentor, and five sisters, Thurza, Barbara, Lillian, Ann, and Muffy.
Memorial contributions can be made to St. Michael Catholic Church Memorial Fund, 401 West Kaye Avenue, Marquette, Michigan 49855, where Al was a member for 70 years.
The family will receive relatives and friends at St. Michael Catholic Church on Friday, August 31, from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 12:00 noon with Rev. Larry Van Damme, pastor, as celebrant. A reception will follow in the St. Michael Parish Center. Burial will be made in the Park Cemetery with Al's grandchildren serving as escorts.
The Swanson-Lundquist Funeral Home is serving the family, where condolences may be expressed online at www.swansonlundquistfuneralhome.com