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Bonnie Rae Camarra, ran T-shirt business

Feb. 15, 1950 – May 7, 2016

Bonnie Rae Camarra, a factory worker who found success as a silkscreen printer and T-shirt designer, died Saturday in her Buffalo home after an extended illness. She was 66.

Born in Lockport, she was a graduate of Lockport High School and worked at numerous jobs.

She was a taxi driver, a supervisor for a pharmaceutical company on Grand Island and a production worker at Carborundum and Dunlop.

Ms. Camarra established a screen printing business, Silkscreen Ink, and won an award for best T-shirt design for the 1993 Polar Bear Swim in Olcott. An avid Buffalo Bills fan, she created the “Here Fishy, Fishy” shirt, depicting a bison glaring at a dolphin in a fishbowl, popular when the Bills-Dolphins rivalry was strongest.

She closed the business early this century but did silkscreens by request.

In 2009, she and her longtime partner, Susan Woods, were married in Canada.

In addition to her spouse, survivors include a son, Christian M.; and two grandchildren.

A celebration of her life will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday in Four Points by Sheraton, 7001 Buffalo Ave., Niagara Falls.

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