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Philip Camlin

Died: 02-24-2013
Birthplace: Hopkinton, MA.
Resided In: Holliston, MA
Visitation to be held on: Saturday, March 2, 2013
Services to be held on: Saturday, March 2, 2013
Cemetery: Lake Grove Cemetery - Holliston

Philip Camlin, 92, formerly of Holliston, passed away Sunday, February 24, 2013 in Westborough, MA. Born in Hopkinton, he was the son of the late Elizabeth (Gray) and Alexander Camlin. He was the husband of 63 years to the late Mary E. (Johnson) Camlin of Holliston who passed in 2011.

A graduate of Hopkinton High School, Philip also studied drafting for two years at Worcester Boy's Trade High School. He worked as a toolmaker at Peterson Brothers Tool Co. in Milford, MA and was a Radarman Second Class in the US Navy during WWII in the South Pacific. Following his service, he worked as a toolmaker at General Motors in Framingham for 33 years, retiring in 1985. Philip was also a master craftsman, designing and building his family’s home with surrounding fieldstone walls.  In the 1960s and 1970s, he was the lead singer in the popular local groups, the Banjo Hobos and then the Banjo Rowdies, who entertained for years throughout Massachusetts and at the New York World’s Fair in 1964. He and Mary were also active square dancers with the Holliston Squares. In later years, he volunteered at the Holliston Senior Center and was a fixture at the produce stall at its annual Harvest Fair.

He is survived by four children, Roberta Hanlon and her fiancée Dick Pryor of Madison CT, Scott Camlin and his wife Bethany Uptegrove of Belmont, Linda Camlin and her husband Keith Irving of Winchester and Steven Camlin and his wife Karen of Wells, ME; four grandchildren, Alexander and his wife Jennifer, David, Elizabeth and Duncan; and two great grandchildren, Aisling and Cormac. He is predeceased by his siblings, Isabel Camlin, Mary Helena Morrow and James Camlin.

Visitation will take place on Saturday, March 2nd from 10:00am-11:30am at the Chesmore Funeral Home in Holliston, 854 Washington St. A funeral service will be held that same day at 1:30pm at the First Congregational Church of Holliston. Burial will follow in Lake Grove Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Wounded Warrior Project at


Posted by Phil Handy on March 3rd, 2013, 6:24 pm
I remember Phil from when I was a little boy. He used to commute with my father Ernie and Blinky Morgan to work daily at Peterson Bros. in Milford. Very sorry for your loss Philip Handy
Posted by Barbi and Bill Shimer on March 3rd, 2013, 5:38 pm
Dear Scott and Beth,
Our prayers are with you at this time of enormous loss. Your father sounds like such a wonderful man, and I can see that the music and talent live on in Scott...
Sending you strength at this difficult time,
Barbi and Bill
Posted by Christine Kilonzo on March 2nd, 2013, 8:50 pm
Memories is all that's left for us....It is these very memories in my heart that will help push the pain away & bring back the smiles. May the Angels take good care of you Mr.Camlin till we meet again.
Posted by Linda Shelburne on March 2nd, 2013, 10:29 am
Thinking of you, Scott and Beth. Much love and condolences to you and your family.
Posted by Lucia Petrulli on March 1st, 2013, 9:46 am
I met Mr.Camlin only once at his son Scott's 50th birthday party. I remember how much love I saw in his beautiful blue eyes; unforgettable to this day.
Posted by Jay schneider on February 28th, 2013, 9:23 pm
He was a wonderful loving man.
Posted by Brenda Harvey Reed on February 28th, 2013, 4:57 pm
This marks such an ending of an era for me (and for many I am sure). Both Phillip and Mary Camlin were so generous and welcoming to entertaining and talented with story telling and music and laughter. Steve Camlin is my brother-in-law and I spent many Thankgiving and Christmas Seasons at the Camlin's Holliston home. I will treasure those memories and hope to pass along what I learned from Phillip and Mary to future generations. RIP Phillip I hope there are banjos in Heaven.
Posted by Debbie (Johnson) Rowells on February 27th, 2013, 9:32 pm
To my Camlin Cousins,

I remember sitting in the Holliston living room, listening to Uncle Phil tell the family stories. Uncle Phil had a knack to make every story fun to listen to. I also remember the banjo and the back yard. Uncle Phil was a great Uncle and was dedicated to his family! Uncle Phil will be missed but gosh he lived a long, I believe, happy life and has left tons of wonderful memories for all! It is now time to carry those memories on to the next generation. Please say good bye to Uncle Phil for me and my family.

Cousin Debbie
Posted by Brian Garceau on February 27th, 2013, 4:28 pm
Dear Roberta and Family

Although your dad lived a long and fulfilling life I know there was some sorrow in his passing. His temporal existence here on earth has now ended but remember, the essence that made him who he was is his spirit and that will live on forever.....

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