Harris County Precinct Five Constable Phil Camus died on June 28, 2018
from a heart attack. He was born in Sopchoppy, Florida on December
28,1935. Camus came from Florida to Houston as a young man in his late
teens and joined the Air Force for four years.
After leaving the Air
Force, he joined the Houston Police Department in 1957, and remained
there for twenty-eight years occupying many diverse leadership positions
starting in the Patrol Division, moving to be a traffic enforcement
officer, and finally serving in the Special Operations Unit. Prior to
leaving the Houston Police Department, he achieved the rank of Sergeant.
1984, Camus joined Harris Count Precinct Five under the leadership of
then Constable Steve Radak. He started in Civil/writs but was
transferred to Patrol, where he quickly rose from deputy, up through the
ranks to Chief Deputy, serving under Constable Glen Cheek. After the
passing of Glen Cheek, Camus was appointed by Commissioners Court to
serve as Constable for the remainder of Glen Check's term. Phil Camus
then won two elections, serving for eight additional years in the role
of Constable of Precinct Five prior to his retirement on December 31,
2016. He was truly a gentle man, and he was loved by many for his
sensitive and steady leadership at Precinct Five. Under his direction,
Precinct Five thrived. In 1988, he married the love of his life,
Margaret Sheely, and they together enjoyed many special years in Houston
and in Galveston. Camus loved law enforcement and dedicated his life to
protecting and serving the people of Houston and Harris County. In
addition to many contributions to Precinct Five, his particular love of
animals led him to establish the Canine Division at Precinct Five, a
unique addition to the department. He served fifty-nine years in law
enforcement serving the people of Houston and Harris County.
Camus never met a stranger and was held in high regard by many people
both in law enforcement and the private sector. After retirement in
December of 2016, he volunteered at the SPCA for a time. He is survived
by his loving wife, Margaret Sheely of thirty years, a daughter Susan
Paige Camus and a son Lance Camus. In lieu of flowers, any donations are
encouraged to be made to the and the SPCA or any charity that prevents cruelty to animals. He will be truly missed by many.
Services will be held at St. Paul United Methodist Church at 5501 Main
Street at 12:30 pm on July 13, 2018. A reception shall immediately
follow the memorial service.
Published in Houston Chronicle on July 8, 2018