One of Pete's favorite sayings was
"he's a lean mean fighting machine." He greatly admired well-conditioned
athletes and watching them perform.
Pete played all three sports for the East Washington "galloping ghosts."
He was the 125 pound fullback and the 112 pound quarterback was Bob
Bruno. His third year, he played football at Shadyside Academy. His
claim to fame was having "Woody Hayes" for his coach at Denison
He boxed in The United States Army Air Corps and continues boxing at the
old YMCA and had the opportunity on occasion to be one of Sammy Angott's
sparing partners. He loved racquet ball especially if he could have a
game with Joe Shook, Sil Passalacqua or Joe Hardy.
Over the years Pete hired a great number of high school athletes to work
in the bottling plant at Cameron Coca-Cola. Their job usually sent them
back to their coaches in great shape and with a few stories of Pete
challenging them to wrestling matches on the production room floor.
Additionally, Cameron Coca Cola was a strong supporter of sports in the
community through sponsorship of teams, score boards and product
Pete was involved in harness racing as an owner, trainer, driver and
breeder. In fact, he holds the track record at Wheeling Downs. He raced
his horses under the Cam name for over forty years. The well-known name
Cam will be Pete's legacy to the Harness Racing Industry.
Pete was the breeder of the great racehorse and sire Cam Fella who was
the Horse of the Year in 1982 and 1983. Cam Fella was one of the most
influential standardbreds of the 20th century. He was known as the
"Pacing Machine" with a record 28 consecutive wins and retired from
racing as the leading money winning horse in history. As a stallion, Cam
Fella sired five pacers that won more than $2 million and nine pacers
with earnings of over $1 million in all Cam Fella sired 1,002 foals with
earnings of $94.5 million.
Pete loved Washington and wanted to continue to support the community
that long supported him. He was able to fulfill that goal with the
creation of the Wilfred R. Cameron Wellness Center of the Washington