Schenectady's "Pizza King" commits suicide
SCHENECTADY The irascible but beloved Pizza King killed himself Sunday night at his restaurant, shocking and dismaying customers.
Djovalin “Jon” Camaj, 68, of Albany, had run his pizza shop in downtown Schenectady for 24 years. He bought it from his nephews when he immigrated from Yugoslavia in 1988.
He ran the store with his wife and children, but he was the main personality. Relishing the “Soup Nazi” jokes from Seinfeld, he called himself the Pizza King, with a gruff demeanor.
His loyal customers followed him from State Street to Jay Street in 2008 when he was forced to move out of the valuable corner lot he had rented for so many years. The Metroplex Development Authority bought the State Street building, demolished it and sold it to developers who turned it into retail and office space.
His wife said she doesn’t yet know what the family will do with the business. She was still organizing funeral arrangements today.