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Arthur Anthony Campos

Jan 29, 1921-May 7, 2013


Arthur Anthony Campos died peacefully at the age of 92 on May 7, 2013. Born in San Francisco, Arthur attended St. Ignatius High School and San Francisco State University. Arthur enjoyed the yearly dinners given by St. Ignatius to honor its alumni, reminiscing with his classmates about the good old times in a smaller San Francisco. He loved his city and gave back to it with his career as a San Francisco Building Inspector and Plan Checker. He was especially proud of his role as chief building inspector for the construction of St Mary's cathedral. Arthur knew every street and alley in the city, and most importantly, which direction each one way street went! Until the day he died, no one ever needed a GPS if Arthur was in your car.


One of Arthur's passions was the water. Throughout his life he swam every day and organized scuba diving trips up and down the coasts of California and Baja. He was president of his scuba club for many years and also relished abalone diving off the Mendocino coast. In his later years, he swam at the Elks Club. Everyone in the family remembers Art suited up in mask, snorkel and fins doing laps at any pool he found.


Arthur also loved music and poetry. He played the piano for his friends and family and his interest in music eventually brought him to ballroom dancing classes where he met the love of his life, Minnie (nee Luppi). They married and enjoyed thirty-eight years together. Arthur also loved writing poetry and Minnie has volumes of romantic sonnets written to her over the years.


After his retirement from the Department of Building Inspection, Arthur and Minnie traveled the world together, playing bridge and tripping the light fantastic.


Arthur is survived by his wife, Minnie Campos; step children, Ernie Gabiati (Jeanne), Gail Gabiati (Tom Borden): step grandchildren: Mario, Gianna, and Dante Gabiati, Greg, Julia and Ian Borden; sister, Virginia Martinez (Clem), and their children Richard Martinez (Kelly) and Tina Tuttle (Mike); and great nephews and great nieces, Curtis, Kelsey and Cale Tuttle, and Marshall, Maddox and Alexandria Martinez. From his first marriage to Anna, Arthur enjoyed a loving relationship with his step granddaughters, Mary Anne and Leslie.


Arthur was preceded in death by his brother, Ramon Campos.


A memorial service will be held June 29, 11 am, at St. Mary's Cathedral, 1111 Gough St., SF.


Donations may be sent in Arthur's honor to St. Ignatius High School. Development Office, 2001 37th Ave., SF, 94116.


Published in San Francisco Chronicle on May 19, 2013
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