Federico (Freddie) Camacho was born in Nayarit, Mexico on November 10, 1937. He was the eldest of 10 children born to Rafael Camacho and Cleofas Ramos. Freddie lived in Mexico until the late 50’s, when he came to the United States to join his sister Rosa, who was living in Oakland. After working several odd jobs, Freddie went to work for the Pacific Coast Ship Yard in 1972 and worked there until the company relocated to Southern California in 1987.
It was during this time, in the 70’s, that Freddie met the love of his life while riding BART, Sofia Meneses. It was love at first site for Freddie, but initially not for Sofia. That didn’t deter Freddie who pursued her for ten years before they went on their first date. They lived together in Milpitas before moving to their home in Stockton. Freddie and Sofia lived happily together until her death in 2010.
After Sofia’s passing, Freddie moved to Lathrop to the home of his and Sofia’s granddaughter, Lea Meneses, and her daughter Carly and husband John Freytes. Freddie thrived in Lathrop. He joined the senior center and with his outgoing personality, made many friends. There he enjoyed live music, monthly potlucks and dances. Also, with his peer group, he took day trips to various places, including casinos and Apple Hill Farm.
The most noteworthy of all he did at the center was his pool playing. Freddie had skills! In 2018, he won the center sponsored pool tournament in the senior category and then competed against the teenage champion and won. He was featured in several Senior Newsletters and Lathrop Activity Guides. Freddie was also a popular person in the neighborhood due to his daily walks to the Senior Center, walks around the park and his love of recycling. With a big grin he would always say “money is money and recycling is free money”.
At home, Freddie was the king of dominos, often beating the pants off everyone during family gatherings. He was fun to play with and entertaining as well, often calling out “I have a ni-co” which would make us laugh. We would also try to imitate him, but we never could because he is one of a kind.
The silver lining of your passing is that you and Mama Sofia are together again, watching Novellas, listening to your music and enjoying your dogs FiFi and Poochinini.
Freddie, you were loved and will truly be missed. You will live on in our hearts through our memories.
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