March 8, 1917 – Feb. 22, 2017
NIAGARA FALLS – Joseph J. DiCamillo, a former co-owner of the DiCamillo Bakery, died Feb. 22 in his home in a senior living center in Miami. He was 99.
Born in Niagara Falls, he was the third-youngest of 12 children and the youngest of five boys. After graduating from Niagara Falls High School, he went to New York City, performing as a singer with big bands and taking part in a couple of recordings.
Returning to Niagara Falls, he joined his brothers Frank, Thomas and Nicholas in 1949 in owning and operating the family bakery, which was founded in 1920. He served as vice president for sales until 1980, when he retired from the company. He then became a stockbroker with E.F. Hutton in Niagara Falls and a life insurance salesman, retiring in the late 1980s.
Mr. DiCamillo performed as a singer for many years at the Hotel Niagara and other nightspots. During the 1950s, he sang with the Mickey Kaye Orchestra. He also sang and acted with the Niagara Falls Little Theater and performed at the Lewiston Peach Festival. He continued singing until he was in his early 90s.
He was active in many clubs and civic organizations, including the Niagara Frontier Country Club, the Niagara Falls Country Club, the Niagara Club, the Lewiston Kiwanis Club and the Century Club.
A lifelong golfer, he also enjoyed bowling, playing bocce and dancing. He moved to Florida two years ago.
His wife of 24 years, the former Olga Parenti, a guidance counselor at LaSalle Senior High School, died in 1973. He was remarried in 1977 to the former Patricia McCormick, a teacher, who died in 1982. He was married again to the former Barbara Ferguson Federelein in 1987.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, Gary and Mark; two sisters, Angelica and Theresa Hargrave; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at noon March 18 in Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph Catholic Church, 1413 Pine Ave.