Frank B. "Chico" Cameron passed away unexpectedly Friday in Lehigh Valley Hospital-Hazleton.
Chico was 82 years old, he worked hard for his family, graduated from Hazle Township High School, served the Army in the Korean conflict and was honorably discharged.
He worked for Lesante Trucking Co., took carpenter and cabinet-making classes on the GI Bill and was the second person hired to run Redman Industries Mobile/Modular Homes as foreman. His optimizing talent got him offered his next position as general manager at Detroiter-American Modular Homes, Schuylkill Haven, and subcontracted office units to Marval Industries prior to the Agnes Flood of 1972. Chico was the first carpenter in this area to build custom-built pickup truck caps, worked for Apple Tree Construction (Gadola) and No. 1 Contracting Corp. He built homes in the Reading area, and managed and designed the reconstruction of Mine Slope 190 in Scranton for the Lackawanna County Anthracite Mine Tour at the McDade Park Anthracite Museum.
Chico donated time and materials to help St. Nazarius Church festivals and the Rev. Joe Ferraro with the Philharmonic shows at the Capital and Feeley theaters. The children playing needed violins and the Chico-varius was born, five handcrafted copies of the Stradivarius violin. Chico loved Christmas and all the decorations, spent hours building HO-scale models and kept his basement as Christmas 365 days a year. As a member of Elks Lodge 200, Hazleton, Chico cooked and catered many dinners, started the Veterans Committee and the "Bring a Veteran to Breakfast Free." He earned the Elk of the Year Award and became exalted ruler.
Preceding him in death, in addition to his parents, were his sisters, Mildred, Nicoline, Rose and Helen, and brothers, Neil, Marcie and Anthony. Surviving are his wife, Irene (Stash) Cameron; son, Frank and his wife, Sherri; granddaughter, Stephanie and her son, Austin; sisters, Margaret, Annie and Vicky; brother-in-law, John Stash (helping Irene continuously) and his wife, Dorothy; and nieces and nephews.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial in Good Shepherd Church, Drums, at noon Friday.
Interment will follow in Calvary Cemetery, Drums.
Relatives and friends may call Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Fierro Funeral Service Inc., 26 W. Second St., Hazleton.
In lieu of flowers, donations for the "Veterans Committee Elks Lodge 200," the Wounded Warriors Fund, or the American Heart Association are appreciated. Chico loved the veterans and donated time and food for the VA Home in Wilkes-Barre. The Elks Lodge Veterans Committee will use any donations for the disabled veterans.