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Jimmy Camilli
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Jimmy "J. C."
1929 - 2018
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Obituary for Jimmy "J. C." Camilli

Jimmy "J. C."  Camilli
U. S. Army Korean War Veteran
Former host of "J.C.'s Golden Oldies"

Jimmy "J.C." Camilli, a longtime resident of Lowell, died August 13, 2018, at the Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital, in Bedford, aged 88 years. He was the beloved husband of the late Jo-Ann Camilli, who died on February 22, 2018.

Born in Amsterdam, NY, October 13, 1929, a son of the late Loreto and Leona (Pallone) Camilli. He graduated from Wilber H. Lynch Senior High School in 1947.

Jimmy enlisted in the U. S. Army on August 24, 1948, serving overseas for over two years during the Korean War. Corporal Camilli was honorably discharged on May 9, 1952, having received the Occupation Medal, Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Korean Service Medal with three bronze service stars, the United Nations Service Medal, and the Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation.

After serving his country, he married Jo-Ann, the love of his life, on September 6, 1952. His dream of being in show business began when he took his first radio job at WCSS in Amsterdam New York, and later, at WPTR - the biggest rock'n' roll station in Albany, New York area back then. From there, the Camilli’s moved to Lowell, where he worked at WLLH host of J.C.’s Golden Oldies. He spent many nights DJ’ing at clubs and venues throughout the area, including the Hi-Hat Roller Skating Rink and Cappy’s in Lowell. No matter where he worked, he drew a crowd, and he loved every minute of it.

Jimmy shared his love of Elvis and all music wherever he went, often times at his own expense. He hosted countless fund raisers to benefit many charities including Muscular Dystrophy, senior centers, Easter Seals and Toys for Tots, to name just a few. For years, he entertained the crowds at Cappy’s Copper Kettle with Elvis song renditions, fulfilling his dream “to entertain people, make them happy, make them laugh.” While J.C. felt blessed to work with the likes of Dick Clark, Paul Anka, Linda Scott, Herb Reed and the Platters, and his dear friend Chet Curtis, he enjoyed nothing more than performing to better the lives of others.

He is survived by his daughter Joann Camilli, and her family, Larry Morin, Rhiannon Morin, and Kallie Morin. In addition to his wife, J.C. now joins two daughters, Matina Holmes and Paula Muribito, who passed years prior. He was the brother of the late Anthony, Josephine, Mary, and Vialandra Camilli.

Friends will be received at the MORSE-BAYLISS Funeral Home, 122 Princeton Boulevard, Lowell, on Friday from 4 to 8 PM. His Funeral Service will be held at the funeral home on Saturday at 10 AM. Interment is private. Funeral Director, Frederick W. Healy.
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