On November 20, 2018, John Duncan Cameron passed away at age 53. Gone too soon, John’s family remembers him as being creative, an entrepreneur, and a hard worker. He loved to be on the water and enjoyed sailing.
One special way John’s legacy lives on is through Frank Klamerus, the first recipient of the John Cameron Scholarship Fund. The scholarship will support Frank’s tuition in the Fire Fighter Academy program at Schoolcraft College in Livonia, MI.
When Frank was announced as the scholarship recipient at graduation in late May for Gabriel Richard Catholic High School in Riverview, MI, teachers in the audience audibly rejoiced.
“John's spirit will be kept alive through the recipients of this endowed scholarship, as the criteria they will meet in order to receive the award are characteristics that describe John,” said Adrian Kowal, Director of Advancement at Gabriel Richard Catholic High School.
With assistance from the Catholic Foundation of Michigan, John’s family created and endowed the John Cameron Scholarship Fund to provide need-based tuition assistance to a graduating senior of Gabriel Richard Catholic High School who has been accepted to a community college, technical college or university and who exhibits a notable work ethic, has an entrepreneurial spirit, and is self-motivated.
When John’s mother, Geraldine Shewbridge, sisters Mary Cameron-Crone and Catherine Cameron-Heldt, and brother Tom Cameron were trying to decide where to send memorial gifts after John’s death, they remembered a comment John had made. John was concerned there were not scholarships for “the overlooked kid with untapped potential.”