The memorial service was incredible. I knew my Dad had made an impact, but I didn't understand how far reaching.
He would have LOVED it. Everyone remembered the elements that made Don Cameron so special. I am tearing as I type this.
What a great legacy to leave, and how proud I am that he was my Father. There will always be a part of me that is talking and walking with him.
What made the service so incredible was the people who came and shared what my Dad's vision of love and service to others. This is a club that even Groucho Marx would have liked to have been a member of.
He was my coach in 1993 on the freshman football team. and I just want to say he was a great man...I will definetly miss him i will I would have known about the service and i would have went...I always said i was gonna go back and see him but i never did...
I will never forget the time my other teacher called him because me and another player on his team fell asleep in thier class and he walked into the class with an air horn and well...woke us up...
I just want to send my best wishes to the family..
MR. CAMERON WAS ONE OF THE VERY BEST!! HE WAS ONE OF THHE GREATEST TEACHERS I HAD EVER MEET-- AND EVER HAD!! MY MOM, HELEN (BLOND HAIR, BLUE EYES, .. PRETTY), WORKED IIN THE DEAN'S OFFICE AND IN THE COUNSELING OFFICE. SHE TALKED TO HIM MANY TIMES.
HE WAS SO GREAT -- HE TOOK ME FROM HIS AFTERNOON CLASS AND PUT ME IN HIS EARLY MORNING CLASS. I WENT FROM 'AWFUL' TO 'B, B+, B-' HE EVEN LET ME MAKE THE COPIES OF THE 'FINAL' -- ON MY HONOR AS A LADY - THAT I WON'T PEEK AT IT. I DIDN'T -- IF HE COULD TRUST ME, I WAS NOT GOING TO LET HIM DOWN.
I REMEMBER WHEN HE DIED -- OR WHEN WE HEARD ABOUT IT. MY MOM WAS STILL WORKING IN THE SCHOOL SYSTEM. SHE CAME HOME -- TEARS STREAMING DOWN HER FACE AND SOBBING.
WHETHER IT WAS THE SKULL AND CROSSBONES ON THE CHALKBOARD SIGNIFYING A QUIZ TO HIS 'CHOICE OF WORDS' AT TIMES, HE WAS ALWAYS A GENTLEMAN, CONSIDERATE AND KIND. I LOVED HIM DEARLY! NO ONE COULD EVER SAY ANYTHING BAD ABOUT HIM -- HE WAS THE GREATEST EVER!!
Just went to this site for the first time to see who was not around any more. I saw students & teachers that have passed away but, when i saw that Mr. Cameron had passed it stopped me suddenly and took me back to 1973. This guy was the best person not to mention also teacher at that time. In my senior year Mr. Cameron said; 'hey Melch' I want to ask you to do me a favor, 'ya, what'? Well i hear that your pretty good in wood shop, so i'll make you a deal. If you build me a dog house, and you can do this during class time and if you do a good job, I'ii give you a good grade! So if you remember that dog house, well i'm that guy that got $ and a A+!
I was Class of '66 and Mr. Cameron was my history teacher. He was also a coach but I dont remember him being my coach. I was in B football and water polo. Mr. Cameron was the greatest history teacher I've ever had, I went on to El Camino College then Long Beach State before President Reagan made state colleges into universities. All that meant for me is higher tuition fees. Mr. Cameron would give speech/lectures in history class about the history text book we had to read. His speeches really were inspirational for me to continue my education. When I got to El Camino and took political science, the professor reminded me of Mr. Cameron in his analysis of history. High school history classes didnt cover political science study. Mr. Cameron could very well have known the same things about political science as it related to high school history. Many in history classes in high school had little regard for it but with how Mr. Cameron taught it made me really enjoy it. I didn't finish 4-year college as Vietnam was going on and I had to enlist in the reserves to avoid being drafted. A few of my friends went to Nam but never made it back. I was lucky on that and also very appreciative of Big Mr. Cameron. ¬†He was well liked by all the students, funny but very intelligent. I dont know why he didnt become a college professor unless it was because he liked high school better. I just thought of him last night thinking he was one of my very few most inspirational teachers through high school. He was known for his 'breakfast club' which meant you came to class at 7am if you didnt do well on one of his tests or if you were unruly in class. ¬†As I recall he did coach water polo and gave me the nickname of 'stone fingers' since I was a goaly and the ball would bounce off my fingers or hands and score a goal from the opposing team.
I never met Mr. Cameron's children. I just had my 67th birthday this year. Mr. Cameron was one of the most highly-regarded teachers in the district back then. Thanks, Cynthia, for your announcement and you had a fine father. ¬†walter pasternak, Class of '66