Irving “Irv” Camhi, has been a significant and vital contributing member of our Conejo Valley Genealogical Society. He was born in 1938 on June 20th and passed on July 12th at the age of 83. Irv has been one of our most respected and admired members over the years. He was the “go-to guy” for technical computer questions, whether they be hardware or software-related. Why? Because he was the one most likely to know the answer – from years of professional experience. If he did not know the answer, he would always tell us that he would find out for us. And he did.
Our president, Jim Butcher, deemed him the CVGS “Father of Dropbox,” the cloud medium to organize and share our society documents. It was Irv who recommended this program and led the implementation which included the digitization of all our paper and computer-stored documents into a secure but common cloud-based source. Irv also initiated the conversion and upgrade of our website. He was a significant factor in bringing CVGS into the 21st century.
Several of us were fortunate to have seen his funeral. So many inspirational things were said about him such as the importance of passing on our heritage to our family. His grandsons pretty much echoed his legacy in unison using such attributes as “companionship, compassion, and one-on-one bonding,” and “he spent the time to make relationships matter.” “Papoo” instilled a desire for lifelong learning and the importance of family and their history. Great motivators to us all! He was a highly successful person in “many” ways – as his grandsons attested.
His calm and reassuring voice was a welcome attribute to our board and members alike. Irv made it a point to join us via Zoom during the July board meeting to say his final Goodbye. Little did we know, he would pass away in a few short days.
Due to his important contributions, he was chosen as the Helen Crise Memorial Life Membership Award recipient for 2020. Only one member a year is so chosen.
It warms our hearts to know that while he was living, he knew he was greatly admired, respected, and loved by the members of our society.
It was an honor and privilege to have known Irv. CVGS is a better society because of him. Irv, we will miss you tremendously
“There aren’t too many people in the world that can say that their grandpa taught them all about
computers and the internet.” His Grandson