Rotary Club of Winchester

Al Camuso

“If we really want to love, if we really want to live, we must love until it hurts . . . No Rotarian whose motto is Service Above Self, I think, should call himself a Rotarian if he does not make time to serve . . . If we love, we begin to serve” 

 

You may have heard me use this quote spoken by Mother Teresa at the Chefalo Park dedication but I could think of nothing more apropos in terms of describing Alfred “Al” P. Camuso.

 

Al joined Rotary in 1984 and served as club president in 1990-91. I met Al when he purchased The Winchester Drug and had the opportunity to count Al among my friends and fellow Rotarian.

 

Al was dedicated to the community and was the consummate professional. He treated everyone with respect, fairness and dignity, from his employees, to his customers and all who came in contact with him. The Four Way Test permeated his life every day. Without knowing it Al lived the life of a Rotarian even before he became a member and continued after he resigned. As a Rotarian he volunteered his time, skills and boundless energy to make this a better club. He served with distinction on the Board of Directors and as Club President. Al was extremely honored to have served as club president and proudly displayed his Past President pin, which will be interred with him.

 

There are probably not enough adjectives in Webster’s to describe Al but here are a few:

 

Caring

Compassionate

Dependable

Faithful

Fair

Generous

Gentle

Honest

Honorable

Humorous

Loyal

Quiet

Truthful

Unassuming

 

Al was a man with a purpose; he accomplished the tasks at hand and has moved on.

 

To sum up Al in a phrase he was a “Great Guy”. We will miss you Al, you are gone but not forgotten. Your legacy will live on in this club because of what you did to ensure that the Rotary Club of Winchester lives on and prospers.

 

By Jack Kean