January 11, 1929 – September 8, 2018
Albert L. Camp aka Campy, Champ & Old Man of the River, passed away peacefully September 8, 2018 with his wife, three sons and daughter at his side. He was born January 11, 1929 in Oneonta the son of the late Harry and Margaruite (Kattanick) Camp. Al started school in a one room school house in Maple Grove, NY. The school house is now located at the Farmer’s Museum in Cooperstown. He also attended school in Gilbertsville before moving to Otego where he graduated. In 1954, Al received a special invitation from the United States Government to join the Army (drafted). He spent a year in Verdan, France. While stationed in France, Al played baseball for the Company Team. When asked to play football, Al at 5’8” said no, those guys are too big! Al was honorably discharged in 1956. Al was always active in sports, playing baseball, basketball and 6 man football for high school teams. He also was one of Carl Delberta’s boxers of Oneonta for a couple of years. He played Otego town team basketball, Otego rifle club and Otego town team baseball, as a pitcher. He was recruited by Dean Winsor to play baseball for the Milford MACS, where he was the only pitcher to win both pitching trophy and batting trophy in the same year. Al was a passionate bowler, he was a Hall of Fame bowler in both Oneonta and Sidney. Al loved to practice, always trying to bowl better. Many times bowling 12 to 15 games of practice. After he was 50, Al bowled in the PBA Seniors for many years. Traveling from Florida to Texas to Canada. At 82 he won seniors in the prestige Lilac Tournament in Rochester. At 87 he was still bowling in league and practicing before his illness. At age 40, Al started canoe racing with a variety of partners. He won the General Clinton Canoe Regatta with Jim Root of Chenango Bridge. Al raced most weekends. Many times racing in Quebec on Sunday then driving home to go to work Monday morning. Al was an active 10k runner. Running many local races. He ran his last Pit Run at 80. Al worked for Lynn Coach in Oneonta, Scintilla in Sidney and Raymond Corp. in Greene. He was manager of Holiday Lanes Bowling Alley in Oneonta before starting his own business of making canoes and bent shaft canoe paddles selling them all over the U.S. and many countries including Hawaii, Germany, Canada and Australia. Al and his wife, Joan had the business for over 25 years, Camp Paddles was the largest manufacturer of bent shaft paddles in the world. After he retired, Al made exercise equipment and hand crafted wooden spoons. Al was most proud of his family, his wife, Joan of 68 years, his sons, Wayne (Joanne), Rodney (Lisa), Darryl (Christy), and daughter, Denise (Kevin) Herrick; 9 grandchildren, Erika, Allison, Meagan, Chelsea, Taylor, Dianna, Brandon, Brittney and Mallory; 5 great grandchildren; one sister, Anna LeVeille; as well as several nieces and nephews. Al spent many hours following the sporting activities of them including dance, gymnastics, basketball, soccer, volleyball and track. He was a member of the Oneonta Eagles, Kiwanis, the American Legion and also a longtime member of the Otego Fire Department and charter member of the Otego Emergency Squad. If you have the chance to read Johnathon Livingston Seagull a children’s book and the Little Engine that Could, that will tell you how he lived his life. Always striving to do better. Calling hours will be held on Monday, September 10, 2018 in the Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home, 14 Grand Street, Oneonta from 5:30 to 7:00 PM. Immediately following there will be a celebration of life service with Rev. Richard Breuninger officiating. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.grummonsfuneralhome.com Al loved to toot his car horn. So when you are out and about, give your car horn a toot in memory of Al.
- Calling Hours Monday, September 10, 2018
- Celebration of Life Monday, September 10, 2018
September 11, 2018
A wonderful life, well-lived ~
Thank you for sharing such a great man & story. May your memories fortify you, bringing more smiles & laughter than tears...
September 11, 2018
Mrs. Camp & Family,
So sorry to hear of Al's passing.
Campy was the TOUGHEST competitor that I will ever know, especially bowling.
His legacy will live on forever throughout Otsego and Delaware County.
September 10, 2018
Sadly I didn't hear of Al's passing in time to make the trip back to NY for his service.
As I reflect back on the many tournaments and leagues we bowled together, I remember Al's competitive spirit and his work ethic in practice so he could perform to the best of his ability. We had lots of fun along with a good share of success in those events. Most of all, I remember Al as a great friend and mentor. I consider myself very fortunate to have known Al and shared so many great times with him.
My deepest sympathies to Joan and the family.
September 10, 2018
Enjoyed many years of bowling with Al, and considered him an inspiration due to his active lifestyle. The world will miss you Campy. RIP.
September 10, 2018
What an amazing man Al was. He enriched many lives and created a lasting memory for us in Otego. Love goes out to Joan and the rest of his family. You must be so proud of Al. He will be sorely missed! Much love, Mary (Gillingham) Johnson-Butler
September 9, 2018
RIP! I played with Campy for several years with the Macs. He was a terrific competitor. He hated to lose and rarely did!