Joyce J. Cammilleri, chair and owner of World Gym International, died on September 10, according to an announcement emailed to World Gym franchisees on Tuesday from her son, Guy Cammilleri, managing director at World Gym International. She was 83 years old. A cause of death was not released.
"She was a great person and we miss her dearly," Guy said in the announcement.
The family held a private viewing, committal service and burial on Monday. A memorial party is planned for Oct. 15 at the Langham Hotel in Pasadena, California, according to her memorial page.
"Some of you have asked what implications Joyce’s passing will have on the future ownership and management of World Gym International," Guy said in the announcement. "Nothing will change other than the fact that my brothers (Marcus and Leo) and I now own Joyce’s shares, and plan to continue to grow and nurture the company as Joyce had intended."
Joyce was born in Tyndall, South Dakota. She moved to Los Angeles in 1958 to teach, according to her memorial page. While taking a dance class, she met Stefano Cammilleri, who she married in 1965 and had three sons, Guy, Marcus and Leo. She stopped teaching after having her first child, but she started a chain of barber shops. In 1974, she founded JOICO Laboratories, a salon hair care company. She sold that business in 2001.
In 2009, she purchased World Gym International, which her family owns and operates today.
She was a philanthropist who gave money to causes such as medical research, disabled children and economically disadvantaged children.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that people donate to the Joyce J. Cammilleri Family Fund at the California Community Foundation, which gives money to the causes about which Joyce cared.