About the time he turned 80, Nicholas A. DiCamillo started cutting back on the hours he spent in the family-owned bakery business.
Instead of the 60- and 80-hour weeks of his younger days, he was working "only" 40 hours a week. As recently as November, he was still on the job each day at 5 or 6 a.m. running the pastry department at DiCamillo Baking Co. in Niagara Falls.
He died Tuesday (Feb. 6, 2001) in his Niagara Falls home at age 86.
The sixth of 12 children of Italian immigrants, he dropped out of school to work with his three brothers at the bakery his father, Tomaso, established in 1920.
He had three loves: his family, the bakery and people, according to his son, James.
"It was his firm and honest belief that you can always find good in everyone," his son said.
Even after being told in November that he had cancer, he would say: "I've had a good life. I have nothing to complain about."
Besides his son, of Niagara Falls, he is survived by his wife of 60 years, the former Rose Boniello; a daughter, Judith Fox of Niagara Falls; two brothers, Frank of Niagara Falls and Joseph of Lewiston; three sisters, Angelica of Niagara Falls, Theresa Hargrave of Lewiston and Sister Rose Marie of Stella Niagara; four grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
A memorial Mass will be offered at 11:30 a.m. Saturday in St. Joseph's Catholic Church, 1413 Pine Ave., Niagara Falls. Entombment will be in St. Joseph's Cemetery, Niagara Falls.