Three Generations Through 70 Years
In the 1920s, Joseph Cammisa left his assembly-line job at the General Motors plant in Tarrytown, New York, and moved with his wife Antoinette to the prospering community of Shelton, Connecticut, to be closer to their family. Joe began working at Tisi Oil Company, and Antoinette found work alongside her brother Al at the Chromium Process Factory. Joe and Antoinette worked hard and raised their family in Shelton, where they formed strong community bonds.
In 1949, Joe opened his own auto repair business with his son Patrick. Joe’s Service Station and Gulf Oil was opened on Bridgeport Avenue where they offered gas and general auto repair. The mechanics spent many years on Bridgeport Ave before moving their auto repair service to Route 110 and renaming the business Cammisa’s Garage after the father-son mechanics. Patrick’s son Bob joined the family business when he was just 14, first pumping gas for customers and soon learning auto repair. After years of building his reputation as an expert mechanic, Bob took over the family business, and for 30 years he has offered the same friendly and professional auto repair service his grandfather offered the Shelton community in 1949.