Obituary: Johnny “Shoes” Cammarata of Boston’s North End

CAMMARATA, John J. “Shoes” Lifelong resident of Boston’s North End, suddenly, on Feb. 20, 2016.

Beloved husband of Sandra (Piccadaci). Devoted father of John and his wife Darlene of Revere, Linda Ryan of Melrose and Cheryl Panetta and her husband Steven of Billerica. Loving grandfather of Alyssa, Steven, Brendon and Gabrielle. Dear brother of Josephine “Anna” Ferullo and her late husband John of Winthrop, Frances Milano and her husband Anthony of Medford and the late Joseph Cammarata and his surviving wife Josephine of NH and Frank Cammarata. Also survived by his son-in-law, Jonathan Ryan and many loving nieces and nephews.

Funeral service in the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, 128 Revere St., Revere on Wednesday, February 24th at 10:30 am. Relatives and friends are kindly invited at 10:00 am. Visiting hours will be Tuesday from 3-8 pm.

Late Korean Conflict Army Veteran. Johnny “Shoes” was a Barber in Boston’s North End for over 50 years, starting on Salem St. and later at Johnny and Gino Barber Shop on Hanover St.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Nazzaro Center, 30 North Bennett St., Boston, MA 02113. Interment will be in St. Michael’s Cemetery.

26 Replies to “Obituary: Johnny “Shoes” Cammarata of Boston’s North End

  1. Johnny was a North End icon. The NE will not be the same without him. Deepest sympathy to his family.

  2. Oh My Johnnie Shoes what a great person! He was the best story teller we knew He gave my Son his first haircut and said he never saw a kid stay so still. So many memorys Too many to count. We are truly Sorry for Sandra,Children and Grandchildren With Love,peace, and Gods Blessings Corinne,Geno and Geno Jr.

  3. Johnny Shoes, a one of a kind Perfect Gentlemen, and an Icon of the North End as well. He
    will be deeply missed. R.I.P.

  4. I am so. sorry. Johnny and Sanra and their children were wonderful to my son, Alex. RIP, Johnny, you will never be replaced. Love, Chris, Lennart and Alex

  5. Johnny we will truly miss you. Another North End Icon has been taken way too young! My condolences to the entire Cammarata Family.


  6. Our most heartfelt condolences to all the Cammarata family. A very special person, Johnny will be missed…RIP.

    Sarzana family

  7. Although I didn’t know John very well for as long as I can remember he always greeted me with a smile and a hello. My condolences to the family.

  8. Rest easy Johnny Shoes. We will miss you…but we know you are happy and safe! Say hello to Cheegelo and Mayor Menino for me. Thanks for all the years of stories and fun visits in the barber shop. – Janine

  9. Our heart felt sympathy to the Cammarata family … Riposa in pace Johnny .

    DeStefano Family

  10. Johnny, a good friend of my family and neighbor will surely leave a large void on Charter St. and the North End. RIP…

  11. DEAR Sandra
    I am so sorry to hear of Johns passing, my heart goes out to you and your family, it was only a couple of weeks ago that I asked about Johnny at the CVS, we grew up and went to grammar school together, I wish I coud make the Funeral but I am getting over my second bout with Phenumonia,My heart and prayers are with You.
    Bobby Church

  12. How do you thank somebody for a thousand laughs?

    This is a sad day for the North End. Rest in peace, Johnny, and if you see the Mugger up there tell him I said hello.

  13. Several years ago the National Geographic wrote a feature on the North End which in turned featured Johnny. A major part of the North End has now departed, but won’t be forgotten.

  14. Sandra, his children,sister Anna, and his extended family.

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of you on the loss of a true icon and beloved North End Guy.

    growing up with Johnny in the North End, we all had wonderful times and memories of him and his family on Salem

    George ‘Chubby’ Pesaturo and Family

  15. The Friends of the North End extends its heartfelt sympathy to the Cammarata family. Johnny Shoes was a loyal and truly welcomed attendee at our annual reunion. God bless John and his family.

  16. Please accept my deepest sympathies. I was one of Johnny’s loyal customers while assigned to the CG Base 25 years ago. Like the many Coast Guard customers he served over the years, I greatly looked forward to my bi-weekly visits and his entertaining stories. I was especially impressed how well versed he was on breaking CG news and even pending transfers and promotions. It wasn’t until later that I learned the extent of Johnny’s inner circle which included some of the services most senior people. His loss is shared by his many CG friends and we are thankful for his ability to touch and enrich so many with life long memories.

  17. Dear Sandra,
    My condolances to you and your family. I took Jonathan and Jason to Gino’s for haircuts when they were small, and always left there with a big smile on my face. I think of my mother and yours when my mother lived on Charter Street in your house. You’re good good people.
    Johnny and Julie Ischia

  18. Sandra, like many others I was a customer of your husband’s. I was introduced to your johnny by my cousin. The interesting part was that we were both from watertown!! I felt a real connection to johnny because both my father and father-in law grew up in the west end. I had a definite connection with him when he would tell me and later my son his stories. Love you johnny and sorry I didn’t make the wake. God bless you Sandra

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