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Campion, Gerard
Gerard "Gerry" R. Campion died peacefully on May 11, 2018 after courageously fighting male breast cancer for 13 years. He was 66 years old. A light of positive energy and genuine kindness, Gerry loved life. He was known for the laughter that surrounded him and his positive spirit.
The son of Agnes Virginia and Leonard Campion, Gerard, the sixth of 12 children, was raised in New Haven, CT. He put himself through college receiving a Bachelor's and Master's degree in education. In 1974, he met the love of his life Meg Campion at the Owenego Beach Club in Branford CT, the same place they would marry in 1975. They created a beautiful life together, settling in Clinton, CT, raising two daughters, Kate and Chelsey, welcoming two sons-in-law, Erik and Peter, and reveling in their greatest pride, their grandchildren, Ellis, Zoey, and Oliver.
He loved Meg endlessly. They could often be found dancing in the kitchen, holding hands, and making each other laugh. He was much more than a father to Kate and Chelsey, he was a Daddy, always there, loving and supporting his girls, while understanding their need to spread their wings and soar. As the father of daughters, he was thrilled when the family expanded to include two sons, his girl's husbands Erik and Peter. He embodied what a Grandpa should be: fun, crazy, sweet and loving, spoiling those kiddos with abandon.
Gerry was a force of nature and touched everyone he met. As an uncle and brother, Gerry was known for his frog hoppy birthday cards, $2, and yellow legal pad notes. He was a loyal and fun friend, often sharing the golf course or a game of cribbage, always quick with a joke or word of support. In later years, he continued his education becoming a licensed financial advisor. Gerry took great pride in the relationships he fostered with his clients and never lost sight of the responsibility it entailed. As a community member, Gerry was known for his involvement in town politics, serving on many boards, acting as a mentor to local youth, and joining a variety of service organizations. He was an advocate and fundraiser feeling a responsibility to raise awareness of male breast cancer.
He is survived by: his wife of 43 years, Margaret 'Meg' Campion of Clinton, CT; his daughters, their husbands and children, Kate, Erik, Ellis and Zoey Privert of Dedham, MA and Chelsey, Peter, and Oliver Hayward of Branford, CT; his brothers and sisters, Kevin, Paul, Leonard, Andrew, Vincent, Virginia, Suzanne, David, and Mary; his nieces, nephews and countless friends. He was predeceased by his parents and brothers James and William.
His family is grateful for the love and support of his Smilow Cancer Center team. Special thanks to Dr. Harold Tara, Dr. Su Hsien Lim, and Mary Roberts RN. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Families Helping Families of Clinton, CT at P.O. Box 166, Clinton, CT 06413.
Gerard's life will be celebrated at a funeral Mass, followed by a reception, on Saturday, May 19, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary's of the Visitation Church, 54 Grove St., Clinton, CT.
Published in New Haven Register on May 15, 2018
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