Schenectady's "Pizza King" commits suicide

Tuesday, August 21, 2012
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— 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.

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August 21, 2012
5:03 p.m.
safny says...

Very unfortunate.

August 21, 2012
8:53 p.m.
mezz3131 says...

This article is of poor taste. Have some respect during this very private time for the family. Although newsworthy, it could have been written better out of respect for the family. Yet again, Ms. Moore puts her own interests ahead of those who she writes about or are affected by her poor reporting.

August 21, 2012
9:05 p.m.
wmarincic says...

I have to agree with mezz3131. My condlences to the family on your loss. I was quite taken back by the headline.

August 22, 2012
3:08 p.m.
Cortsmom87 says...

I was too. It actually popped up on my Facebook page last night and I gasped. My deepest sympathies to his family- pretty much every on of my co-workers here in Downtown Schenectady feel the same way

August 23, 2012
9:43 a.m.
skody54 says...

A very sad ending and another article filled with misinformation. My condolenses to his family. I've known him for over 20 years, since we both worked in Troy. He was the Pizza (Recipe) King.

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