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“When my dear husband Phil Leslie, who passed away a few months ago, spoke of Coach Campana we could feel what a significant impact he made on Phil...Read More »
1 of 27 | Posted by: Kim Leslie - Haslet, TX - Friend

“I am so sorry to hear of your fathers passing. Our prayers go out to all of youJohn D'Alessio and entire family ”
2 of 27 | Posted by: A friend

“Tom was a great guy and a good friend to so many. Throughout his life, he influenced many people and championed personal standards which are still...Read More »
3 of 27 | Posted by: Cindy and David Hall - OH

“We were so sad to hear of Campy's passing. He was such a kind and wonderful man who made each one of us feel special. We loved both Tom and Lois and...Read More »
4 of 27 | Posted by: Vic, Mary, Amy, Tony, and Joey Adamle - MN

“Norma, Mary Ellen and all of Toms Family:What a Legacy! Less than one percent of all the people that ever walked the face of this earth could muster...Read More »
5 of 27 | Posted by: Don Carano - Salem, NH - Family

“Sending lots of love to the Campana family today.Love Jill ”
6 of 27 | Posted by: jill mastroianni - grandview, OH

“TC always greeted me with a huge smile and a powerful handshake with his bent "football" pinky firmly wrapped twice around my hand or elbow. He...Read More »
7 of 27 | Posted by: kevin mastroianni - grandview, OH

“To Tom, Tim, Laurie, Mark and Matt:Thank you for sharing your father, teacher and coach with so many. To Coach::Thank you for the example you set....Read More »
8 of 27 | Posted by: Steve Drongowski - Millersburg, OH

“Sorry for the loss of Rockie, love for the family. ”
9 of 27 | Posted by: Tim Boykin - Dale city

“I was so lucky to grow up on the same street, lots of memories playing basketball in the neighborhood with Tom and the flag football games in the...Read More »
10 of 27 | Posted by: Becky Mowen-Hartle - jSpringboro, OH

“I was so sorry to hear of Mr. Campana's passing. I will miss seeing him in the office. He always asked about my daughter and how she was doing in...Read More »
11 of 27 | Posted by: Angie Casalinova - Kent, OH

“Some months ago, I had the good fortune to spend a bit of time with Tom when John and Carolyn Gunyula brought Tom along to help count the collection...Read More »
12 of 27 | Posted by: Tim DeFrange - Kent, OH - Friend

“Tim, Laurie, and family. It's difficult to reason when we lose our loved ones,.. but their memories must not only spur us on , but serve as a reason...Read More »
13 of 27 | Posted by: Diane and Mark Sarver - OH

“Campana Family,My thoughts and prayers are with you during this sad time.Your dad was a " class guy" and i m blessed to have know him.What i remember...Read More »
14 of 27 | Posted by: Lou perry - Wadsworth, OH

“It has been an honor to care for such an Amazing man. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers. ”
15 of 27 | Posted by: Tanya Holcomb

“Offering our deepest sympathies during this time. ”
16 of 27 | Posted by: The Staff of Bissler & Sons Funeral Home - OH

“To all the family of Tom Campana. You will followed the trail of Tom being a friend to me, Tom Jr. was associated with Stan White, and his Father...Read More »
17 of 27 | Posted by: Sally King Schumann - Kent, OH

“God bless you Coach. You helped me get better in many ways. Rest in peace. ”
18 of 27 | Posted by: John Laing - Riverview, FL

“I met Tom when I joined the Roosevelt High School faculty in 1971 right out of college. He was warm and welcoming and teased me from day one! I...Read More »
19 of 27 | Posted by: Charlene Bongiorno Stephens

“A GREAT coach and even better person. Used to see him at church when I took my mother when I was in town. He always asked where I was living and...Read More »
20 of 27 | Posted by: Donald Vincent - LAKE MARY, FL

“On behalf of the Alford family, our deepest condolences. We have such happy memories with the Campana family during our years living in Kent. Tom has...Read More »
21 of 27 | Posted by: Gloria Alford - Colorado Springs, CO

“To my entire Campana family I want to express how SORRY I am of the passing of your Father, Grandfather, Uncle and friend. He will be sadly missed...Read More »
22 of 27 | Posted by: John Campana - Boardman, OH

“Tom, Tim, Laurie, Mark, Matt and your families - Thank you for sharing your Dad with those of us who attended Kent Roosevelt High School. Besides...Read More »
23 of 27 | Posted by: Becka Garrett - Phoenix, AZ

“Sending good wishes to Tom's family. He took care of me and my siblings after my Father died in 1972. He loved our Dad, Tony Emanuel, so Tom always...Read More »
24 of 27 | Posted by: Celeste (Emanuel) Melzer - CA

“Rest in peace dear friend.You can now join Lois. We certainly extend condolences from our family to all of the Campana family. ”
25 of 27 | Posted by: Jim Henry - Kent, OH

“I have so many wonderful memories about "Coach" and at 70 yrs old, I feel honored to have known him.My dearest condolence to the Campana family. ”
26 of 27 | Posted by: Suzee "Bissler" Lynn - Waitsfield, VT

“Tim, Janet and Family-Sorry for your loss. Your Dad, Father-In-Law and Grandpa set a great example for so many. What a wonderful legacy he has left...Read More »
27 of 27 | Posted by: Pat Schilling - Cuyahoga Falls, OH


Thomas A. Campana, 93, of Kent, passed away Wednesday, March 15, 2017.

Born on April 20, 1923, he was the son of Andrew (Condito) and Angela (Carano) Campana. Tom met Lois Talbott in high school and married her on February 8, 1947.

Tom was born and raised in Hubbard, one of 9 children. He left high school early to enlist in 1942 and served our country in the Unites State Navy and was honorably discharged in 1946. He was a gunnery specialist on an LST and served in the Atlantic and Pacific campaigns. A member of the greatest generation, he not only experienced war first hand but also had 5 brothers that served as well. He never wanted to talk about his service and he never considered himself a hero, just an American doing what was necessary.

Using the GI Bill, in 1946 he attended Youngstown State University where he excelled on the football field and in 1950 earned a degree in Education and his high school diploma at the same time. He began his teaching and coaching career in Youngstown, then to Texas, back to Youngstown and then to Ravenna all while working on his Master's degree in Education Administration, which he received from Kent State University. He spent a year in Dover Ohio as a principal and decided that he liked the classroom and football field better. He was hired in 1958 at Kent Roosevelt and worked there until his retirement in 1984 as a history and civics teacher, coach and then Athletic Director. He worked tirelessly to bring as many sports as possible for boys and girls to the Kent School district. He loved coaching and teaching young people to excel not just in sport but in life. He mentored so many young people and truly enjoyed their successes. If they succeeded, then he succeeded. Tom was inducted into the Ohio State High School coach's Hall of Fame and the Ohio State Athletic Directors Hall of Fame. He was in the 1st class of Kent Roosevelt High School Hall of Fame.

After retirement, Tom and Lois traveled the country to sightsee and golf. They were able to see many things that had been put off while raising their family. He even took up skiing for a time and took a number of skiing vacations with friends. Even as his health declined and his eyesight diminished, he never lost his love of sports and continued to watch football, baseball, college basketball and golf when he could.

Tom is survived by his five children, Tom (Marty) of Dublin, Tim (Janet) of Milan, Laurie (Tim) Fisher of Omro WI, Mark (Faye) of Springboro, and Matt (Lynda) of Kent. He is further survived by 10 grandchildren, Mike, Steve, Christy, Dan, Stephanie, Tony, Nikki, Alex, Owen and Reese; 5 great-grandchildren, Tommy, Kara, Eva, Eli and Teagan; two sisters, Norma Clemente and Mary Ellen Hoolihan; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Lois, in 2005; his parents; 1 sister, Carmen; and 5 brothers, John, Jerome, George, Ralph and Al.

The family would like to thank Altercare of Stow and their staff and doctors for the care and kindness given to Dad.

Funeral mass at 12:00 PM Wednesday March 22nd at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Kent. A Celebration of Life gathering will be held 1;30-4:30 PM Wednesday, March 22nd at the The Overlook, 1519 Overlook Road, Kent, OH (Twin Lakes). A private family Burial service will be at Standing Rock Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Lois Campana Nursing Scholarship at Kent Roosevelt High School.

We thank the Lord for the gift of this extraordinary man who was a devoted husband and loving father and mentor to so many.