John Stephen Cambre, born February 8, 1955 in New Orleans, went to his heavenly home on Tuesday, January 25, 2022 at the age of 66 due to cardiac arrest related to COVID and other health related issues.
Mr. Cambre was deeply loved by his family and friends who appreciated his interesting stories, intelligent conversations ranging anywhere from fruit fly collection to nuclear science, and occasional witty poems. He was a very knowledgeable angler and photographer, enjoyed working in the yard, growing pineapples, and making his much anticipated fruitcakes at Christmas. He will be greatly missed.
Upon his family’s move to Mississippi, he attended Beach Elementary School and PJHS. After graduating from Pascagoula High School, he worked at Marine Sales and Service rigging boats and working on boat motors before attending LSU and Mississippi State University.
The first half of his working career was in nuclear radiation which he began at Ingalls Shipbuilding. After working in jobs related to this field in Dothan, AL, California, Maine, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania, he and Jan returned to Mississippi where he worked in the family business at Waste Oil Collectors in Gautier.
Mr. Cambre was of the Catholic faith and an active member of the St. Mary’s Catholic Church Knights of Columbus in Gautier.
He is survived by his parents, Shelton and Mary Cambre of Gautier; his sisters, Cyndy (Wayne) Muirhead of Nashville, TN and Leslie (John) Elliott of Jackson, MS; his brothers, Dan (Andrea née Pater) Cambre of Gautier and Andrew (Kerri née Rigsby) Cambre of Ocean Springs; his niece, Claire Elliott (Gabe) Grothe of Madison; his nephews, Drew (Brittany) Muirhead of Nashville, TN, Ross (Hannah) Muirhead of Nolensville, TN and Dr. William (Meredith) Elliott of Tupelo; many great-nieces and nephews; aunts and uncle, Milton and Kathleen Cambre and Lorraine Robichaux; and numerous cousins and extended family. He is also survived by his special friends, Tony Wise, Muriel Swint, and his special canine companion, Gracie, a Bijon rescue.
Due to COVID, a celebration of Mr. Cambre’s life will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Friends of Jackson County Animal Shelter or The Coastal Conservation Association of one’s choice.
Bradford-O’Keefe Funeral Home is honored to serve the Cambre family.