Chris R. Cammisa passed away at his home in Fairfield, Calif., on June 5, 2014. He died of cancer at age 66.
Dr. Cammisa was born on Oct. 7, 1947, to Melchiade and Marie Cammisa. Dr. Cammisa graduated from Acalanes High School in 1965 and Stanford University in 1969. He went on to UCSF Medical School and did his residency in family practice.
After serving underprivileged communities with the National Health Service, Dr. Cammisa settled in Solano County where he cared for adults and children alike for almost 40 years as a private practitioner. In 1979, he married Sherry Santopadre and settled in Vacaville. Here, he maintained a practice, raised his daughter Meredith, born in 1982, and became the “team doc” for his beloved Vacaville Bulldogs. Chris remained close to the Santopadre family and the Bulldog community until his death.
Upon his retirement from private practice, Dr. Cammisa was a founding member and served on the board of Partnership HealthPlan of California for 10 years. He became their chief medical officer and was part of the senior leadership team. Dr. Cammisa was highly regarded and well-liked by the medical community. He was also loved by his friends, patients and family alike and was appreciated for his wry sense of humor.
Chris was an avid tennis player, spending many hours competing on the tennis courts of Vacaville and Fairfield. Tennis was his passion. He spent many happy hours at Rancho Solano, where he played and partnered with various friends and Emily. Chris married Emily and they continued to enjoy tennis and traveling together. On Oct. 17, 2013, Chris was present for the birth of his grandson, Jacob, who brought him great joy in the last months of his life.
He is survived by his wife, Emily; stepson, Paul-Martin; mother, Marie; brother, Larry; daughter, Meredith; and beloved grandson, Jacob Melchiade Schaff.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. June 28, 2014, in the gym at Vacaville High School, 100 W. Monte Vista Ave., Vacaville, Calif.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Cancer Society.