NEW BEDFORD: Edward Camara, 74, of Mattapoisett passed away Sunday, November 17, 2019 surrounded by his immediate family at St. Luke's Hospital after a period of declining health. A resident of Mattapoisett for most his life, he graduate from Merrimack and Bowdoin Colleges with a Master's degree in Marine Biology where he went on to become the director of Biology at the prestigious Canterbury School for Boys in New Milford, CT. After a summer as a concierge at the Rock House Resort in Jamaica, he worked for many years in the tourism business starting as a tour guide for Paragon Tours during the 1963 NY World's Fair and becoming the director of group tourism for Paragon years later. Ed was instrumental in organizing thousands of senior citizens on trips they would never forget. He proudly served as the Director of Tourism for New Bedford during the Rosemary Tierney administration and later went to on to start his own business, Camara Associates a highly successful travel agency while he tirelessly worked for the National Tour Brokers Association as both a spokesperson and master of ceremonies at many events. Ed worked for both the Standard Times as a report and food critic as well as WBSM as a fill in DJ when needed. His life long loves were photography and the Feast of the Blessed Sacrament where he served for over 30 years as a public relations director. He ended his career as a videographer for New Bedford Cable Access TV.
He is survived by his brother Kim S. Camara and his wife Karen and his nephew and godchild Justin, a cousin Lucy A. Bly and Barry E. Sturgis his lifelong best friend and companion, and various cousins.
As per his wishes, he was cremated and asked for no formal ceremony. Ed was a very private person and never wanted to be a burden on anyone.
Arrangements are by the Cabral Baylies Square-Lamoureux Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 512 No. Front Street, New Bedford.