In Memory of Lou Camacho “Mr. Demolition”

Saturday, July 7, 2018
By Sue Ellen Woodcock

Louis Camacho loved the Fourth of July and every boom, pop, sizzle and awe that went with it. He was known for his fireworks display, lighting off each round with a flare, the red glow illuminating every move he made. Lou passed away last Tuesday, a week before his favorite holiday.

Everyone knew him as Mr. Fireworks or Mr. Fourth of July.

“He was a character,” said Fire Chief Paul Flanagan, with a smile. “He used to do a private show at Woodside Park. Then the chief told him he had to get a fireworks license and he did. For 24 years he did the fireworks in town.”

For many years he raised donations and help set up the Winthrop Fireworks that were held every Fourth of July. That tradition that he started is still continued today. Then as the fireworks industry changed to electronic ignitions, Lou let the next generation take over.
“We could never replace Lou. He would always give a pep talk and sometimes he would come in after the show and tell me what he thought,” Flanagan said.

“As we honor this great country celebrating the Fourth of July, I would ask the residents of our town to take a pause in memory of a great classmate, Vietnam Veteran and just an overall caring guy. Ron “Lou” Camacho, “Mr. Fourth of July,” said Town Council President Ron Vecchia

Louis Camacho, 71, of Pleasant St. passed away at his home on June 26. Born in Winthrop he was the beloved son of the late Theresa (Graham) and Louis Camacho.

A lifelong resident of Winthrop he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps at an early age serving during the Vietnam War. He was awarded the Purple Heart for wounds he received in combat action, while in support of the Forces of the Republic of Vietnam in their struggle with the insurgent communist (Viet Cong) on May 28, 1967. He also received the Bronze Star Medal with Combat Distinguishing Device for his courage, resolute determination and unwavering devotion to duty at great personal risk in keeping with the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service. After his honorable discharge he went on to become the proprietor on Sound Systems in Winthrop Center where he specialized in electronics. He also expanded the business in later years offering movie rentals.

“Lou will forever be remembered for the millions of smiles he put on the faces of kids and those young and old alike with his spectacular fireworks display each year on the fourth of July,” Vecchia said.

He was the devoted husband of the late Barbara (Skomro) and the loving father of Nick Camacho and his wife Savannah of Winthrop. Dear brother of John Camacho and his wife Joan of Canton. Cherished grandfather of Caelen, Braeden and Xander.Stepfather of Nick LoConte of Winthrop, Vincent LoConte of Winthrop and Maria Minichello of East Boston.

“Lou was an indomitable figure who taught me the value of calling it like you see it, regardless. The cast of characters that turn Winthrop from an ordinary town to a truly special community is one fewer with his loss,” said stepson and Precinct 3 Councilor Nick LoConte.

Memorial donations may be made to the Chelsea Soldier’s Home 91 Crest Ave., Chelsea MA 02150.

“Lou was a true American Patriot, and loved his home town. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family,” Vecchia said.

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