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Louis John Camerota (abt. 1900 - 1992)

Louis John "Lewis" Camerota
Born about in Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts, United Statesmap
Son of and [mother unknown]
Brother of
[spouse(s) unknown]
Father of [private son (1930s - unknown)]
Died in Highland Beach, Palm Beach, Florida, United Statesmap
Profile last modified | Created 26 Mar 2018
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Louis John Camerota, sometimes spelled "Lewis," is born around 1900-01 in Springfield, Massachusetts[1], the son of Ciro Camerota and Maria Pepe, immigrants from Atena Lucana, in Salerno province, in the Campania region of Italy.

His 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. Lewis' father, Ciro, is the informant on her death record.[2]

Ciro remarries within a year or two, to Teresa Samsalona.

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.[3]

In 1921, Louis starts a private taxi service in Springfield. In 1928, he starts a driving school, Louis Auto School. Louis owns an insurance business, and is co-owner, with Joseph Pessolano, of Camerota 's Package Store on Main Street, beginning in 1932, the year Prohibition ends.[1]

Around 1934, Louis marries Elena Helen Josephine Spiriti.[1] She is called Helen.

Ciro Nicholas, called Jerry, is born 14 October 1935.[4]

In the 1940 federal census of Springfield, taken 29 April, Louis J. Camerota heads a household at 48 Palmyra. He owns his home, worth $6,000. He is 39, born in Massachusetts. His wife, Elena J., 29, was born in Connecticut. Their children at home were born in Massachusetts: Anthony, 12, Ciro, 4, and Therese, 2. Louis is a retail package store salesman.[5]

In 1943, Louis' brother, Anthony, is among 22 men indicted with local Mafia boss Sam Cufari on gaming charges.[6]

Louis sells the package store in 1950.[1]

Louis runs his auto school until 1956.[1]

Gov. Foster Furcolo appoints Louis to serve on the board of trustees of Belchertown State School from 1958 to 1962.

On 13 June 1959, the Springfield Union reports that marriage intentions were filed at the city clerk’s office the day previous by Ciro Nicholas Camerota, insurance clerk, 48 Palmyra St. [Springfield], and Pasqualina Ann Scibelli, 11 Colony Rd.

In 1962, Louis lives at 24 Skyridge Ln in Springfield with his wife, Helen.[7]

In 1965, Louis moves to Waterford, CT, and begins to winter in Florida.[1]

Louis dies at age 91 in his home in Highland Beach, FL on 13 January 1992. His wife survives him. At his death, his son, Anthony, lives in East Longmeadow;, MA son Ciro lives in Longmeadow; and son Louis J. lives in Waterford, CT; his daughter, Maria Camerota Krawie, lives in Enfield, CT. Louis is also survived by a brother, Anthony, and a sister, Rose Maraforte, both of Springfield.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 STAFF. (1992, Jan 15). Louis John Camerota, business leader, at 91. Union-News (Springfield, MA), p. 12.. Retrieved from
  2. "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.
  3. "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.
  4. "United States Public Records, 1970-2009," database, FamilySearch( : 22 May 2014), Jerry Camerota, Residence, Springfield, Massachusetts, United States; a third party aggregator of publicly available information.
  5. "United States Census, 1940," database with images, FamilySearch( : accessed 26 March 2018), Ciro Camerota in household of Louis J Camerota, Ward 7, Springfield, Springfield City, Hampden, Massachusetts, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 22-146, sheet 13B, line 72, family 385, Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940, NARA digital publication T627. Records of the Bureau of the Census, 1790 - 2007, RG 29. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2012, roll 1711.
  6. 22 Are Indicted at Springfield on Racket Charges Daily Boston Globe (1928-1960); Apr 9, 1943; ProQuest Historical Newspapers: The Boston Globe pg. 15.
  7. 27 May 1962 Springfield Union.

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