Joseph Gomes “Joe” Camacho Jr. of Fairhaven, a former professional baseball player and educator, died Thursday at Royal of Fairhaven Nursing Home. He was 90.
Mr. Camacho was born in New Bedford.
He was educated in New Bedford and was a 1946 graduate of New Bedford High School. He went on to earn bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education from Bridgewater State College.
Mr. Camacho worked at various corporations in New Bedford before and during his professional baseball career, which began with the St. Louis Browns in 1947.
He played in the minor leagues for three years until he was drafted into the Army in 1951.
He served with a replacement battalion while in Germany and also played baseball for the Rhine Military Post.
He re-started his baseball career with the Cleveland Indians in 1952 and went on to play with the Fargo-Morehead Twins of the Northern League and the Reading Indians, finishing his professional career in Mobile, Ala.
Mr. Camacho began his education career at the Donaghy Elementary School, became assistant principal at the Hathaway Elementary School and later became principal at the Ottiwell Elementary School and the Campbell Elementary School until his retirement in 1986.
He worked summers as baseball director at the Ted Williams Baseball Camp in Lakeville and later in the major leagues as manager of the Washington Senators and Texas Rangers.
He entered the New Bedford High School Hall of Fame in 1999 for his baseball and basketball skills.
He enjoyed the quiet company of his family and friends, dining out on Saturday nights, playing golf and looking for golf balls at Whaling City Golf Course where he won the 1978 Invitation Fourball with his dear friends Stanley and Wally Gaj.
Mr. Camacho also enjoyed frequent trips to Foxwoods Resort Casino with his friends and watching sports, especially all of the Boston teams.
Husband of the late Patricia (Carey), Mr. Camacho is survived by a son, James of Fairhaven; a brother, Vasco of Charleston, S.C.; six nieces and nephews, and dear friend Beverly Reed of Rochester.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Joseph Church, Fairhaven.
Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, Fairhaven.
Arrangements by Saunders-Dwyer Funeral Homes, New Bedford.