Deacon Joseph Caminiti, 70, of Cortland, passed away Wednesday, November 17, 2010, at St. Joseph's Hospital, Syracuse, NY after a brief illness. Born November 23, 1939 in Endicott, Joe was a Cortland resident for 19 years. He had retired from Singer-Link in Kirkwood where he was a facilities planner. Deacon Caminiti studied for the Deaconate and was ordained a Deacon in the Roman Catholic Church on May 9, 1998 at the Cathedral of The Immaculate Conception in Syracuse by Bishop James Moynihan. Deacon Caminiti served the churches of St. Mary's in Cortland as well as the Catholic Community of St. Stephen's-St. Patrick's in Marathon and Whitney Point as well as Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Cincinnatus. Deacon Caminiti was also employed by the State of New York as a prison chaplain in the prison ministry with Camp Pharsalia and Camp Georgetown as well as C.I.T. Unit in Norwich. He is survived by his wife, Linda Caminiti at home; and two daughters, Gina (Leo "Tim") Kane of Endicott and Kristen (David) Cameron of Scotia; a brother, Dominick Caminiti of Endicott; and two grandsons, Sean and Austin of Endicott; and several nieces, nephews and many dear friends. Deacon Caminiti was preceded in death by two brothers, John and Phillip; and a sister, Angelina Caminiti. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday at 10 a.m. in St. Stephen's Roman Catholic Church in Marathon, NY. Prayers of committal will follow in Calvary Cemetery, Johnson City. The family will be present to receive friends on Sunday from 4-7 p.m. in the Chapel of Riccardi Funeral Home 69 N. Main St., Cortland. A Vigil for a deceased Deacon will be held at the funeral home on Sunday at 7:15 p.m. Contributions in Deacon Caminiti's memory may be made to Christ The King Retreat House, 500 Brookford Rd., Syracuse, NY 13224 or the local chapter of The American Heart Assoc. or The American Cancer Assoc.