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Nicola C Camerota (1904 - 1972)

Nicola C (Nicholas) Camerota
Born in Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts, United Statesmap
Son of and [mother unknown]
[spouse(s) unknown]
[children unknown]
Died in Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts, United Statesmap
Profile last modified | Created 24 Mar 2018
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Nicola Camerota is born 6 May 1904 in Springfield, Massachusetts, the son of Ciro Camerota and Maria Pepe.[1] Nicola is known as Nicholas.[2]

When he is six years old, Nicholas' mother, Maria, dies at home at age 32 on 7 November 1910 in Springfield, MA. The cause of death is lobar pneumonia with a contributory cause of premature labor on October 31. Their address is 68 William St., Springfield, MA. [3]

His father has remarried by 1912, when Nick's half-brother, Angelo, is born.

In the 1920 federal census, of Springfield, MA, taken 3 January, James L. Camarota, 52 (b. 1867), heads a household at 369 Water St. with his wife, Theresa, 41 (b. 1876), both born in Italy. The children at home were all born in MA: John B., 21 (b. 1898), Lewis J., 19 (b. 1900), Rose, 17 (b. 1902), Nicholas, 15 (b. 1904), Tony, 13 (b. 1906), Frances, 11 (b. 1908), William, 10 (b. 1909), and Angelo, 7 (b. 1912). James immigrated in 1891 and Theresa in 1906. James is a coke laborer for the gas works, John works as a delivery clerk for a telegraph company, Lewis does press work for an automobile company, and Nicholas is a packer for a book binder.[4]

Bill Feather writes that after the 1934 Bocchia murder in Brooklyn, Michele Miranda sent [Ernest] Rupolo and Palmeri to hide in Springfield, Massachusetts, in the care of Nicholas Camerota [1904-72] who was possibly a member of the local Mafia by then.[5] Michele's brother, Antonio, was the boss of the Mafia in Springfield until his death in 1930. The brothers were from San Giuseppe Vesuviano, also in Naples, about 76 miles away from his parents' native Atena Lucana.

On 9 August 1939, Nicholas marries Lena Helen Macoski.[6][7][8] They have one child, Nicholas Jr.

1972 testimony before the US Senate Commerce committee reveals that a small Massachusetts chemical company sold a cleaning product, Poly-clean, through distributors allegedly involved in organized crime. Nick Camerota attended a meeting in Providence, putting heat on Callender Chemical Co to buy Poly-clean, on behalf of the Palmer firm, G.N.R. Corp., of which Nick's nephew, Anthony Camerota, is a stockholder. When asked by Chairman Magnuson what he knew about Angiulo, Anthony said, “The same thing that they said about my uncle (Nick) that he was involved with organized crime.” Anthony said Nick wasn’t active in the G.N.R. operation and occasionally traveled with him when he had nothing else to do. Committee showed evidence proving Nick traveled with Anthony about 100 times.[9]

Death of Nicholas

Nicholas C. Camerota Sr. dies on 22 March 1972 in Springfield, MA.[10]He is 68. His last residence is 52 Eckington St., Springfield, MA 01108.[2][7]

That June, Nick Camerota is identified by law enforcement officials as an associate of Sam Cufari. Cufari and Camerota are both members of the Genovese crime family.[9]

Lena dies in 2012 at age 98.[8]


  1. "Massachusetts Births and Christenings, 1639-1915," database, FamilySearch( : 9 February 2018), Nicola Camerota, 06 May 1904; citing Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts, 128; FHL microfilm 2,030,959.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "United States Social Security Death Index," database, FamilySearch( : 20 May 2014), Nicholas Camerota, Mar 1972; citing U.S. Social Security Administration, Death Master File, database (Alexandria, Virginia: National Technical Information Service, ongoing).
  3. "Massachusetts Deaths, 1841-1915," database with images, FamilySearch( : 11 March 2018), Ciro Camerota in entry for Maria Camerota, 07 Nov 1910; citing Springfield,,Massachusetts, 269, State Archives, Boston; FHL microfilm 2,314,922.
  4. "United States Census, 1920," database with images, FamilySearch( : accessed 24 March 2018), Tony Camarota in household of James L Camarota, Springfield Ward 6, Hampden, Massachusetts, United States; citing ED 145, sheet 2B, line 69, family 34, NARA microfilm publication T625 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1992), roll 703; FHL microfilm 1,820,703.
  5. Feather, Bill. "Springfield + Worcester factions." 16 March 2018. Accessed 19 March 2018.
  6. Reported 11 August 1939 in Springfield Republican.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Springfield Union, 24 March 1972.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Classified. (2012, Aug 22). Lena H. Camerota. Republican, The (Springfield, MA), p. A12.. Retrieved from
  9. 9.0 9.1 Senate told Bay State firm was tied to gangland Connolly, Richard Boston Globe (1960-1986); Jun 7, 1972; ProQuest Historical Newspapers: The Boston Globe pg. 1.
  10. "Massachusetts Death Index, 1970-2003," database, FamilySearch( : 4 December 2014), Nicholas C Camerota, 22 Mar 1972; from "Massachusetts Death Index, 1970-2003," database, Ancestry ( : 2005); citing Springfield, Massachusetts, death certificate number 010803, Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Health Services, Boston.

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