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Philip Camlin

January 1, 1970 - February 24, 2013

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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 fianc?e 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. www.ChesmoreFuneralHome.com. 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 http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org.