Campbell, Jr., Thomas
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Thomas H. Campbell, Jr., age 88, passed away peacefully on Feburary 2nd, 2013 in Boca Raton, Florida with his family by his side. Many would recognize him as the guy in Springdale in the '56 red T'Bird with "SOUP C" on the license plate.
Born in White Plains, NY on July 27, 1924, Thomas was a graduate of St. Nicholas of Tolentine School, and entered into service with the US Navy. He attended the University of Cornell, receiving a Mechanical Engineering Degree, then UNC, where he received a Naval Sciences AB. Afterwards, he earned his MBA from Harvard University. While in the US Navy, Thomas served in WWII and Korea, in both the Pacific and Atlantic Fleets. His most treasured assignments were as Lieutenant on the Battleship Missouri and as Secretary of the Navy Office in Washington, DC assigned to the Secretary of Defense.
Thomas' civilian career included Top Secret Clearance Level. He interfaced at the highest levels of Government and Industry with United Technologies, TRACOR and Page Communications. His vast knowledge of ground and airborne defensive systems allowed for an exciting entre' into the private sector; where upon retirement, he enjoyed life as a consultant until the age of 75.
Thomas was predeceased by his parents, Thomas Sr. and Lucille Campbell, and younger brother Cornelius Peter of New York, and by his loving wife, Phyllis Tinker Campbell, a lifetime resident of Stamford. He is survived by three daughters. Dorsey Grant Campbell of Boca Raton, FL, Joan Tinker Campbell of Shoemakersville, PA and Marty Howard Gabrielson, and son-in law Tommy (who was more like a son) of Fairfield, CT. He leaves behind loving grandsons, Christopher, Jesse, Nicholas, Philip, Peter, Ethan and Michael. He was predeceased by grandson Matthew; who was there to welcome his Grandpa home.
Thomas' life was filled with the love of the sea, sailing with the wind at his back, all of his life. Equal to the love and loyalty of family was his love for the SoupBone crew - although anyone within ear shot on a Thursday race-night may have thought otherwise. He was a diehard Yankee fan, a friend of Bill W.'s, and loved chocolate ice cream (daily).
A memorial service for friends and family is planned for Saturday, March 16th at 11AM at Union Memorial Church in Glenbrook, CT. Interment will be private, at Fairfield Memorial Cemetery in Stamford. In lieu of flowers, the family requests any gifts be given to Union Memorial Church, 58 Church Street, Stamford, CT 06906.
Thomas' daughters would like to go on record to say fondly, that Dad was "never wrong." He was our hero, and our biggest fan; truly a treasure to anyone who knew him. There will never be another Captain Campbell. We are at peace knowing that he is forever Mom in Heaven, awaiting the kids to come home when the street lights come on.
Published in StamfordAdvocate from Mar. 3 to Mar. 10, 2013