Panfilo Julius Ciampa, 61, an official of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees and a former official of the United Auto Workers, died of cancer Monday at the Franklin Square Hospital in Baltimore.

Mr. Ciampa, who was born in Shirleysburg, Pa., and reared in Orbisonia, Pa., attended Juniata College in Huntingdon, Pa.

He began his union career with the UAW in Baltimore and became regional director for the southeastern states. He served on the UAW's international executive board from 1953 to 1955.

In 1964, Mr. Ciampa, who was known to his friends as "P.J." or "Champ," joined AFSCME. Among the posts he held were those of director for Maryland, Delaware and New Jersey and area director for Michigan. In 1968, he played a role in a strike by sanitation workers in Memphis, in the course of which the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated.

For several years, Mr. Ciampa, who lived in Baltimore, was chairman of the judicial panel of the AFSCME. For the past year, he had been area director for the District of Columbia, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia.

Survivors include his wife, the former Margaret Deering, of Baltimore; two children, Alderico Ciampa and Marguerite Chromo, both of Baltimore; his parents, Alderico and Sofia Ciampa, and three brothers, one sister and two grandchildren.