Deacon Francis J. ‘Frank’ Camacho, formerly of Cape Cod, dies


ESTERO, Fla. — Deacon Francis J. “Frank” Camacho, 81, of Estero, Fla. died unexpectedly on Tuesday, March 26, 2019. He was born April 23, 1937 in Cambridge, Mass., the only child of the late Frank and Louise (Silviera) Camacho. He had been a resident of Estero for the past 24 years, coming from Cape Cod.

He graduated from Rindge Technical High School in Cambridge. After graduation, Deacon Camacho enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard and served his country from 1955 through 1959.

He would spend the next 37 years working for the Federal Government. While working for the General Services Administration during the day, he attended night school at Northeastern University, where he received his Bachelor’s degree in 1979. He retired as the assistant regional administrator for the GSA. He was responsible for all programs associated with federal buildings in the New England area including land acquisitions, the building of new federal buildings, leasing space and maintaining them to house federal agencies. 

He was a member and deacon at Our Lady of Light Catholic Community in Fort Myers, Fla. He was also named their director of Liturgy with the responsibility of planning and implementing all parish Liturgies. 

Deacon Camacho was first ordained on June 7, 1980 in the Diocese of Fall River by Bishop Daniel A. Cronin. He would serve at Our Lady of the Cape in Brewster, Cape Cod Hospital in Hyannis, and as the assistant director of the Diaconate in Dartmouth. 

After moving to Bonita Springs, Fla., Deacon Camacho was incardinated on April 22, 2003 by then-Bishop John J. Nevins in the Diocese of Venice. He served at St. Leo the Great Parish in Bonita Springs and was named parish administrator for a 90-day period until a permanent administrator could be named. He was elected president of the Diaconate Council and held that position for six years. He was also the director of formation and the director of diaconate personnel, where he was responsible to the bishop in all phases of Life and Ministry Programs in the diocese, according to the National Directory.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Lillian B. Camacho, who died May 14, 2018; a son, Joseph Camacho who died in 1964; and a daughter, Barbara Peters who died in 2014.

He is survived by three children, Leo Almeida of Fargo, N.D.; Susan C. Franze and her husband, William of Brewster, Mass.; and Francine E. Camacho of South Yarmouth, Mass.; nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held on April 1 at Our Lady of Light Catholic Community in Fort Myers with Bishop Frank J. Dewane officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions in his memory be made to the Our Lady of Light Memorial Fund, 19680 Cypress View Drive, Fort Myers, Fla. 33967.

Additional services will be held on Cape Cod with burial in Oak Ridge Cemetery, South Dennis, Mass.

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