Pietro Camarda was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on March 1, 1927, and died at his home in San Diego on November 5, 2003, surrounded by his loving wife, family and friends. Pete was a commercial tuna fisherman for 43 years in San Diego. Upon retiring from fishing, Pete became a handyman whose work was much in demand. He was a wonderful person who loved being around family and friends. He was a loving father of two sons, three daughters and one stepdaughter; also fourteen grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Pete is survived by his loving wife Mary Ellen and her daughter Karen Nelson, his former wife Rosalie Sardo Camarda and their five children, Rosalie DiAnna and husband Joe, Diane Hodgdon and husband Norman, Pete Jr., Salvatore and wife Carrie, and Joanne Brown and husband John, all from the San Diego area with the exception of Diane, who lives in Palmdale. Pete also is survived by a sister, Florence Sanfillipo, and three brothers, Frank, Tony and Tommy, all of San Diego. Pete was preceded by a sister, Josephine, and two brothers, Joe and Sam. Pete was a loving and loyal friend to everyone who knew him and will be greatly missed by so many people. He touched so many lives in so many ways and was loved by all who knew him. There will be a viewing on Monday, November 10 from 4-8 p.m. at Merkley Mitchell Mortuary, 3655 Fifth Ave., SD, Ca, 92103. The Funeral will be held on Tuesday, November 11, at 9 a.m. at Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church, 1659 Columbia St., SD, Ca. Burial will be at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery and Mausoleum, 4470 Hilltop Dr., San Diego, 92102. Those wishing to honor Pete ' s memory may make a donation to the building fund of Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church (address above) or the San Diego Hospice, 4311 Third Ave., San Diego, Ca 92103. Arrangements under the care of Merkley-Mitchell Mortuary.
Published in the San Diego Union-Tribune on 11/9/2003. (volunteer submission)