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John Camilleri

August 28, 1929November 17, 2017

John Camilleri, 88, of Holly Springs, NC, formerly of Crossville, TN, passed away, Friday, November 17, 2017 at his home in Holly Springs.

John was born in Detroit, MI to the late Michele Camilleri and Concetta Marea Cini Camilleri, and was raised in Malta.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Joyce Faye Camilleri; son-in-law, Peter Azzopardi.

John is survived by his sons, John Stephens Camilleri and wife, Shannon, and Michael Camilleri and wife, Joy; daughter, Mary Azzopardi; sisters, Julie Vassallo and Mary Axiak; brothers, Fred Camilleri and Joseph Camilleri; and 7 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren.

John worked as a garment factory plant manager in Kingston, Jamaica and later he and his wife Joyce owned and operated their own business in Tennessee. However, his true passion was working with his hands. He built and created beautiful wood furniture and enjoyed projects from building houseboats to houses.

John was generous and always giving to his family and neighbors. Even after a debilitating stroke, he continued to help his family and found joy in working around the house and doing small projects with his son.

A private family memorial service will be held at a later date.

Memorials may be made to The National Stroke Association at www.stroke.org.

Condolences may be sent to www.ApexFuneral.net

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Debbie Stacy

November 25, 2017

Thank you Johnny. What wonderful pictures and memories you put here for us all to see. Your Dad was so full of life and always smiling and laughing. I have great memories of spending time with Uncle John, JoJo and you when we were all younger. I wish we could have spent more time together as we all aged. Please know how much he was loved and will be missed. We love you all.

Gradith & Joy Stephens

November 23, 2017

John will brighten Heaven and has the knowhow to remodel it Just for JESUS.

November 23, 2017

JOHN, SUCH A WONDERFUL TRIBUTE TO YOUR FATHER. I NEVER KNEW HIS NAME WAS JOHN, OR THAT HE LEFT BEHIND SUCH A LARGE FAMILY. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR HIS VERY INTERESTING HISTORY. PRAYERS GOING OUT TO THE FAMILY AND ESPECIALLY YOUR FAMILY WHERE HE LEFT SUCH HOLE DAILY. EVELYN MATHERLY.

Robert Wood

November 22, 2017

I feel blessed to have known Pappa John. I met him through my friendship with his son John who I met in the Boy Scouts in the fifth or sixth grade. During the years that followed I spent many nights in the Camilleri home(s) as well as lots of summer weekends with them on their houseboat in Spring City.

Pappa John was always pleasant to be around; kind, patient, calm, happy. I never knew him to lose his temper or hold a grudge. I admired his skills as I watched him build nice furniture, boat docks, etc. I especially enjoyed watching his progress as he built his own houseboat from the water up. I was fortunate enough to be along on maiden voyage. I still can see his smile and the pride in his eyes as we cruised across the water in that beautiful boat.

I have so many fond memories of sitting and listening to him talk, and I tried to listen closely in hopes of retaining some of his wisdom. He would listen intently to others as well, even young boys like me. Looking back I realize that he was a very important father figure to me. In little, subtle ways he influenced my life. He demonstrated great character, honesty, compassion, and a love of life.

During the time I spent with Pappa John, Joyce, and John, I felt as though I had another family. I always felt welcome in their home and in their lives.

Pappa John, I thank you for the person you were, and the way you influenced me as I was growing up. I will strive to be a positive influence in the lives of others as you were in mine. You will never be forgotten.

Robert and Shelley Wood
(Holladay, TN)

Bob & Mona Waits

November 22, 2017

Our hearts are saddened by his passing. Mr. Camilleri made my bedroom furniture when he lived here in TN. I will always cherish it. He was a sweet man who never complained and had a sweet spirit about him. He will be missed by all.
Hugs, Bob and Mona Waits

Tanya Capra

November 21, 2017

I have aa lot of very happy memories of Uncle John....he was always smilling and he was truly a family man. I know he is with Aunt Jojo now and is so happy. He was a great woodworker and made a mean roast!! He is at peace now and was loved by all of us!! Tanya and Bob Capra

FROM THE FAMILY
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The earliest picture of Papa

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Papa with Family and Friends in the late 50's

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Xmas 1967 - Papa's having a little fun

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The earliest picture of Papa

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Papa with Family and Friends in the late 50's

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Xmas 1967 - Papa's having a little fun

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Papa and Michael in Miami

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Papa on a beach in Jamaica

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I wish I knew the story of this one :)

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Papa's Birthday - 38

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Dad dating his new Sweet Heart

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Apparently something very funny