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Camillo DiClerico

June 10, 1943 — February 16, 2022

Camillo Louis DiClerico, 78, died on February 16, 2022, following a brief battle with cancer.

Camillo was a native Staten Islander, born on June 10, 1943 to Louis and Mary DiClerico. He grew up in New Brighton with his cousins and large extended family nearby.

Camillo, affectionately called Butch, attended McKee Technical High School, and graduated from Curtis High School. He studied pre-engineering part-time at Staten Island Community College. He was a police officer for two years before serving in the United States Navy aboard USS INGRAHAM (DD-694) as a Petty Officer Third Class (Signalman) during Vietnam. After returning from active duty, Camillo returned to his job as a police officer, and was part of the Navy Reserves until being honorably discharged in 1971.

Camillo served on the New York Police Department from 1965-1984. He began as an officer in the 62nd Precinct in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, and then joined Highway Patrol (HESSI). In 1983 he was honored by the Staten Island Chamber of Commerce, the City of New York, and the Detective Crime Clinic of Metropolitan New Jersey, New York and Connecticut for heroic action in the line of duty. In 1984 he received The New York City Police Department Combat Cross from Mayor Ed Koch.

Camillo married Janet DiStefano of Arrochar in 1971. They had a loving marriage, and raised 3 children together in their home of over 40 years in Prince's Bay. He was a devoted husband, which was especially apparent during his wife's two separate battles with cancer. He was a dedicated father who treasured time with his family and valued holidays, traditions, and family dinners. Summer was his favorite time of year. He loved the sunshine and backyard barbecues.

Camillo was known for his sense of humor and storytelling, often sharing tales of his time "on the job". He was full of life advice that often came in the form of amusing sayings, many of which were passed down from his father. Camillo loved learning, and in the last few years, enjoyed watching YouTube tutorials on a wide range of topics. He was inventive, creative and very handy, taking on countless home projects over the years. He was proud of his home, and his roots as a native Staten Islander.

Camillo is survived by his children: Christopher DiClerico, Valerie DiClerico, Lisa DiClerico, and his son-in-law Alex Schindler. He is predeceased by his wife Janet, and his sister Angela Raia (nee DiClerico).

A visitation will be held at Bedell-Pizzo Funeral Home on Monday, February 21, 2022  from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Funeral mass will be held at St. Joseph's Church,16 Poplar Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10309, on Tuesday, February 22, 2022 at 10:00 a.m.

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Service Schedule

Past Services

Visitation

Monday, February 21, 2022

2:00 - 4:00 pm (Eastern time)

Bedell - Pizzo (Tottenville)

NY

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Visitation

Monday, February 21, 2022

7:00 - 9:00 pm (Eastern time)

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NY

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Mass of Christian Burial

Tuesday, February 22, 2022

Starts at 10:00 am (Eastern time)

ST. JOSEPHS RC CHURCH- ROSSVILLE

16 Poplar Ave, Staten Island, NY 10309

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Interment following funeral service

Tuesday, February 22, 2022

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