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Christopher Charles Caminiti

After a four and a half year showdown with prostate cancer, my beloved Christopher Charles Caminiti, passed away peacefully in my arms, smothered with love and kisses, in our home on 11/11/2020.

Christopher was born on June 10, 1969, in Brooklyn, New York. He grew up in Staten Island and lived there until the family moved to Arizona when Christopher was 12 years old. His favorite landmark in Staten Island was Porzio’s Pond, where he spent countless hours playing ice hockey in the winter, and searching for and catching turtles, snakes, and lizards with his friends and cousins in the summer. He was so excited to take me there before our trip to Italy in 2018.

His passions in life were immeasurable: music, drumming in particular, performing in front of people, living life, having fun, being the center of attention, and spending time with those he loved the most.

Anyone lucky enough to have met him could see and feel the zest for life that he had! He was known for his infectious smile, happy outlook on life, and kind, compassionate spirit.

He had his first drum lesson at age 12 and became an unquestionably accomplished drummer. His many hobbies included playing hockey, photographing lightning and the moon, anything to do with space and astronomy, fishing, chess, hiking, camping, and traveling (especially internationally). He was a collector of many things and an eBay Powerseller. He had precious memories of playing on the same hockey teams as his father and brother-in-law. Did I mention that Christopher loved to have fun?! Oh, and let’s not forget how he loved winning at the casino!

Christopher was part of numerous 80’s hair metal bands, as well as an original band formed in 2011. His love for music continued until the day he passed. He enjoyed concerts, theater, and seeing the Transiberian Orchestra every Christmas.

He started his own business, Black Canyon Pest Control when he was 19 years old. At that time he was the youngest person to become certified in the state of Arizona with a pest control license. He was very proud of his business, but in reality, this guy hated bugs, and still did up until the day he left this earth! All bug dealings have been my responsibility for the last 11 1/2 years! Christopher was a professional photographer and loved being part of his family’s photography business, Cameo Studios, in Scottsdale, AZ.

Christopher was proud of many things: being Italian, being a musician, being my husband, growing close to his sons, being a bonus pop to my kids, being loyal, and being a fierce advocate for prostate cancer awareness. He made it his mission to tell as many men as possible about prevention and early detection through screenings. He reached hundreds of people and we know for sure that he saved at least one life in his efforts.

He is survived by his loving wife, Lori; his mother, Rose; his sons Cameron and Vincent; his bonus kids Mark and Melissa, his sister, Jennifer, his brother-in-law, Sean; his niece Brittany, nephew Anthony, Uncle Charlie, Aunt Toni, and Uncle Bobby; cousins Barbara, Jacqueline, and Kayleigh, not to mention his many, many friends and brothers.

Christopher was preceded in death by his father, Anthony, and his cousins John, and Jon-Michael. He said it was going to be like the boys going to a Ranger’s game up there!

Although his life was taken too soon, Christopher impacted more people in his 51 years than most will in a lifetime. He will be remembered fondly for living life to its fullest, following his passions, laughing every day, and not allowing anyone to steal his joy!

If he could tell you what he wanted his legacy to be, he would say that he would like to be remembered for being kind (even to strangers), making people laugh, forgiving those who hurt him, and asking for forgiveness from those whom he hurt; but most importantly, for living life with a light but open heart, a big smile, keeping his old friends close, and making new ones along the way.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, January 9, 2021, at SoHo63, 63 E. Boston St., Chandler, AZ, from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm. To allow for accurate planning, please let Christopher’s wife, Lori, know if you are planning to attend.

In lieu of flowers, and per Christopher’s request, donations can be made in his name to the Prostate On-Site Project (POP) in Mesa, AZ, www.prostatecheckup.org, or by calling (480) 964-3013.

Having your annual prostate screening would be the best way that you could ever honor him.

Christopher, your absence is already greatly felt, and we love you.

Rest in Peace, Cx3.

20 Comments

  • Chuck Vozel Posted November 17, 2020 3:09 PM

    No truer words have ever been spoken. Christopher was an amazing man, husband, father and bonus pop and especially an amazing nephew and friend! I loved this man as much as he loved life and I will miss him. yet have very fond memories of him. See you someday. Badass ❤

  • Charles Caminiti Posted November 17, 2020 3:16 PM

    Very well said Lori. You described a nephew I not only loved but deeply respected. He was unfairly judged by those who will now say they loved and. will miss him. I put his place in my heart right along side my beloved Jon-Michael..
    RIP Chris

  • Doenice Chavez Posted November 17, 2020 3:35 PM

    Lori my thoughts are with you and your family. I hope for peace to wrap around all of you like a blanket to comfort and help you get thru this difficult time. I was looking forward to Christopher seeing our yard Much love, take it day by day! I’m here if you need anything ❤️

  • Kimberly Carlson Posted November 17, 2020 4:18 PM

    He was definitely one of the few good men. I met Chris many many years ago, I spent a lot of time watching him play the drums and play Hockey. which were definitely two of his favorite passions. I moved to Idaho my Junior year of high school but still had opportunities to see and talk to Chris over the years. He would always keep me laughing as he did everyone . In all the years I knew Christopher he had no greater love than the love he had for you Lori. I enjoyed so much being able to be present in all your adventures via Facebook and finally getting to see you two together at the first cancer benefit for Chris. I’m saddened that I did not live closer to be able to see him more but I know he knew how much I cared about him even from afar. He was a friend for life. He will be so missed by anyone who knew and loved him. .I will definitely try and make it to his celebration of life in January. I am so glad it is scheduled out a ways. Love and prayers to all of you

  • Mama Rose Caminiti Posted November 17, 2020 4:47 PM

    Very well said, you described his whole life Lori, I will never forget his last words to me, he said mama please take me home, he is now home with God, his father and all of the lost souls of his family, May he rest in peace and know that he will always be loved.

  • Chicago Caminiti’s. Posted November 17, 2020 4:51 PM

    May he Rest In Peace.

  • A,J Mama Posted November 17, 2020 5:22 PM

    May you rest in peace C3 in the arms of our Lord Jesus. You will always be loved and missed by everyone that ever met you. God Bless You.

  • Becky L Dunning Posted November 17, 2020 6:12 PM

    Although I was only privileged to be Christopher’s friend for the last 4 years he has left a permanent mark on my life. Christopher & Lori Caminiti are two of the strongest & yet gentlest people I have ever known. They have been thru so much individually, as well as together, & still continually shared their hearts and lives with others. Christopher was the light in the room. His optimism & love for life was infectious. He truly will be missed. Lori you have my prayers & my friendship for as long as you need them. Prayers & Hugs!

  • Aunt Gracd Posted November 17, 2020 6:46 PM

    One of the strongest men that I have had the pleasure to know. Christopher, you will be truly missed by all who knew you.

  • Donna M Koza Posted November 17, 2020 8:11 PM

    He was a very nice and gentle man. He will be missed by many people. RIP my friend. Prayers are with your family and friends..

  • Jennifer Jordan Posted November 18, 2020 6:40 AM

    Christopher will always be remembered for his kindness and warm heart. He gave my son Angelo a true gift when he taught him how to play drums and let him play at his event. Lori, you and your family are in our prayers.

  • Tom Borgia Posted November 18, 2020 6:53 AM

    So sorry for your loss lori we will bevpraying for borh familys and especially you may god be at your side

  • James Rogers Posted November 18, 2020 8:33 PM

    He was loved by so many! He loved you so much! His light shines bright now as a beacon in the sky! I know his jammin out up there. I know he will
    Miss you kissing him
    For me.. on all cheeks . My heart hurts for you and his family and friends. We will be drumming with him again and one day I will get to kiss him on his cheek 🙂 love you!

  • Bj Meador Posted November 20, 2020 6:42 AM

    Lori, I am so sorry for this loss.

  • Jen Posted November 26, 2020 12:28 PM

    1 of 6) After you passed it didn’t seem real. My kids came over and we watched our old, family movies. You remember, the ones dad made when we were kids and burned to DVD with all of our cherished childhood memories? These precious moments on film are moments frozen in time; this is how I will always remember you. You were full of life and this was your true, authentic self.

  • Jen Posted November 26, 2020 12:29 PM

    2 of 6) You were 7 years older than me but I didn’t let the fact that I was your “little sister” stop me from trying to keep up with you. I always looked up to you and admired you. When we were kids and our bedrooms were next to each other, I would sneak in your room, take the pillow out of your kick drum and curl up on your bedroom floor when I was too afraid to sleep alone. You loved being my big brother and you always looked out for me whenever mean kids or creepy dudes tried to mess with me. You’d say in your most macho, Italian voice “You want a beating? That’s my little sister”!

  • Jen Posted November 26, 2020 12:29 PM

    3 of 6) You taught me how to ride ATVs, camp and how to bang my head to heavy metal. You taught me photography and a love for snakes and reptiles. When we were kids, you used to make me run into in the brush by the pond or the river so you could catch the snakes and turtles that came out on the other side.

  • Jen Posted November 26, 2020 12:30 PM

    4 of 6) As we grew older, we were still best friends. We rode to work together every morning and this is when our relationship became the strongest. We always had a blast; driving around, blasting the best metal music, opening up to each other about our problems, our kids, our lives and we laughed at all of our many shenanigans and inside jokes. We had inside catch phrases for days! “Cake!” “Hiligus!” “Grandma!” Everything was animated and hilarious. We could laugh at the dumbest things but to us it was the funniest thing in the world. Dad would get annoyed and that made it even funnier.

  • Jen Posted November 26, 2020 12:30 PM

    5 of 6) I was blessed to have decades of time with you. Our brother/sister bond was everything it could have been. I always fought for you and we were once inseparable. This is the Christopher I will always keep in my heart. Our lives eventually drifted in different directions. A devastating stroke suddenly took our father’s body. We struggled to stay strong but we lost ourselves somewhere along the way. This time in our lives doesn’t define us. It doesn’t replace the bond we shared for 40+ years and the love we will always have for each other. Nobody will ever know me like you knew me and nobody will ever have known you, like I’ve known you.

  • Jen Posted November 26, 2020 12:31 PM

    6 of 6) Thank you for teaching me so much throughout my life, most especially and most importantly, you taught me forgiveness and humility. You taught me how to let go of things that haunt us or bring us pain. You taught me that life is precious and that every day is a gift. Despite the obstacles, I’m glad we were able to reconnect and spend time together this past year, meeting for lunch or just hanging out at your chemo appointments talking for hours. I’d give anything for one more conversation but we ran out of time. Rest in Paradise my brother….Until we meet again.

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