Campion, 90, died peacefully in his sleep, Friday, December 9, 2016 at Brookdale Assisted Living of Ocoee, Florida. Born and raised in Campbell,
Ohio, he was the son of Frank and Rose Campione, next
to the youngest of eight children.
Harold served in the Army
Air Corps, stationed at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa,
Florida, where he met the love of his life, Alice
Arias. They married in 1949 and, following his discharge
from the service, he attended and graduated from the University of Florida, where
he earned a BS degree majoring in Physics, Math, and German. After teaching radar at
Keesler Air Force Base in Gulfport, Mississippi for several years and working for
the Crosley Division
of Avco in Cincinnati, Ohio, for four years, he and Alice settled in
Orlando, Florida in 1958 where they raised their three children. Harold was
an aerospace engineer for Lockheed Martin for the bulk of his
career; his pioneering work focused
on introducing solid-state devices into the industry. He retired in
1979, after more than 20 years of service.
Harold, a lifelong golfer, found his dream job as a
starter and ranger at the Grand Cypress Golf Resort. When he wasn’t on the golf
course or watching golf on TV, he could be found volunteering at the
Orlando Science Center, cycling, running, and spending time with
friends and family. Harold was a devoted Florida Gator where he and Alice
attended football games at his alma mater in
Gainesville for more than 20 years.
Harold was a loving husband
of 63 years to Alice who predeceased him in February, 2013; he
was a wonderful father, an enthusiastic and playful grandpa, a loyal friend, an
ice cream lover, and a terrific dancer. He was a devout
Catholic, with a quick wit and a great head of hair!
He will be joyfully
remembered by his sisters Mary Mazias and Clara Casal, his
brother-in-law John Texter, his children and their
spouses Alan (Ellen), Barbara (Keith), and Neal
(Peggy), grandchildren Lauren, Blair, Alison, and Mia, and
his extended family that includes Yolanda and
Dan Sparacino, Doralys Arias and many nieces and nephews.
Besides his loving parents,
he was preceded in death by his brother, George Campion, and his sisters,
Alvira Campione, Victoria
Frazinni-Petrella, Theresa Zetts and Vera Texter. Mass will be celebrated at 9:30 am Tuesday, December 27, 2016 at St. Andrews Catholic Church,
801 N. Hastings Road, with Father Ron Mahon officiating. Burial, with military honors, will
follow at Dr. Phillips Cemetery.
As an expression of
sympathy, memorial contributions may be made to the Orlando Science Center.