Tony Caminiti, a Corona resident and member of Community Board 4 for 40 years, recently died at the age of 100, Queens Borough President Helen Marshall announced on Tuesday.
Caminiti was “a neighborhood icon,” Marshall wrote in a statement.
He served during World War II with the 42nd Rainbow Division, and was with the outfit when it liberated the Dachau concentration camp, according to Marshall. He was awarded the Bronze Star and the Combat Infantry Badge for his bravery, she noted.
Then 98, Caminiti was featured in a 2010 Daily News story for his near perfect attendance the previous year as a CB 4 member.
“Tony Caminiti was the epitome of a community activist,” Marshall said. He was “a personal friend and mentor whose example of public service stood out as a model for all to follow,” she added.
In addition to his community board service, Caminiti was a member of the American Legion, the Flanders Field VFW Post #150, St. Leo’s Holy Name Society and St. Leo’s War Veterans, Marshall said.
He is survived by three daughters and several grandchildren, according to Marshall, whom she said “can be proud of his life and legacy.”
“We will all miss him very much,” she reflected.