Francis X. Campion of Wellesley died at home on Sunday, April 28, 2013. He was 76. Born in Haddonfield, New Jersey, he grew up in Brookline, Massachusetts and has lived in Wellesley for the past 50 years. Devoted husband of Jane (Mackey) Campion. Loving father of Sharon Campion MacClancy and husband Nigel of Northborough; Linda Bennett and husband Ed of Natick; Debby Kelly and husband John of Holliston; and Janet Kelly and husband Andrew of Stow. Adoring grandfather of nine: Caitlin and Lauren Kelly; Ian and Caroline MacClancy; Christopher, Danny and Madison Bennett; and Liam and Ryan Kelly. He is also survived by his sister, Jeanne Routhier of Yarmouthport. Frank graduated from St. Johns Prep in Danvers, and attended Burdett School of Business. He proudly served his country as a military policeman in the U.S. Army. He was a salesman for 40 years in the automobile business and retired from Clay Chevrolet in Newton. He was known for his great sense of humor, outspoken nature and willingness to help others. He was involved in numerous civic organizations, but was probably best known for his work as a dedicated advocate for veterans. He was a Past Commander, current Judge Advocate and long-time Executive Board Member of the American Legion Nonantum Post 440 of Newton. He was the current Post-Commander of Chapter 23 of the Disabled American Veterans, as well as a recent inductee of the Trench Rats Dugout 103 of the national DAV. He also currently served at the state level for the Disabled American Veterans as a Massachusetts Executive Committeeman. He took pride in being one of the long-term organizers of the Newton Memorial Day Parade, acting as the current President of the Newton Veterans Council. He was a 4th degree Knight of Columbus and a member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians in Watertown. Visiting hours will be held at Henry J. Burke and Sons, 56 Washington St., Wellesley Hills, on Wednesday May 1st, 4-8PM. Funeral Mass to be held at St. John the Evangelist Church in Wellesley Hills on Thursday, May 2nd at 10 AM. Burial to follow at Holyhood Cemetery, Brookline. Flowers appreciated. Donations in Franks memory may be made to the Disabled American Veterans (DAV), P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH, 45250. For online guestbook please visit www.BurkeFamilyFuneralHomes.com
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Published in The Newton Tab from Apr. 30 to May 7, 2013