Louis Michael Campanella
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AGE: 94 • formerly of Little Silver
Louis M. Campanella, 94, died peacefully in his sleep on Monday, Dec. 9, 2013, at home in Lake Park, FL. Mr. Campanella was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. He served in the Army during World War II as a soldier in Iceland and Germany, where he earned a Purple Heart. He married his wife Anne in 1945, and they resided in Brooklyn until 1947. They moved to Eatontown, NJ at the Vail homes, where they started the family business.
After having their first child, the family resided on Rumson Place in Little Silver in 1951. This home business grew into a corporation; Garden State Towel Supply Inc., which eventually moved to Long Branch; the former Strongheart Building from 1974-1998. Louis went to the school of hard knocks, but had a savvy business mind that enabled him to be a leader in the linen industry for 50 years. He was a born salesman, and proved that anyone could make it in America with hard work, perseverance, and the ability to believe in a product. "Mr. C" could walk into any town in New Jersey and win you over with his friendly personality and honest approach to close a deal. He was a "classic", and will be loved and missed by many. His positive attitude will always be remembered, and his love of life was a gift.
Lou was an avid golfer and fisherman. His golf game was okay, but he was quite a deep sea fisherman, as indicated by several championship trophies sponsored by Channel Club in Monmouth Beach. His boat was called the "Paymaster", and that was his nickname for many years to come! Reeling in Stripe Bass, Bluefin and Blackfin tuna was second nature to him, as was the ability to captain his boat with the best of them. It's ironic that the boat was a Blackfin as well. Lou was an avid Detroit Tigers fan, and was one of the few Tiger fans in New Jersey.
Lou was predeceased by his wife of 40 years, Anne, and his son, Glenn. He is survived by his loving wife, Lorraine; son, Lewis and daughter-in-law Kathleen; son, Larry and daughter-in-law Nancy; grandsons, Phil and David; granddaughter, Jena, as well as 2 great-grandchildren. In addition, he is survived by his stepchildren, Ray and his wife Marva; daughters, Adrienne and her husband Ed, Theresa Nitti, Maria Boffice, Leslie Lehrbass and her husband Edy, Gina Anderson and husband Taylor, as well as 11 step-grandchildren. A mass at Holy Trinity Church in Long Branch will be given in his name on Tuesday, Dec. 17 at 12 noon. Wishes can be sent to All County Funeral Home in Lake Worth, FL (allcounty.com).
Published in Asbury Park Press on Dec. 11, 2013