Mr. Frank J. Campagna, age 96, a lifelong resident of Bristol, died February 16, 2013 at Heath Village Nursing Home in Hackettstown, N.J., the town of his son, Frank J. Campagna, Jr. Born in Bristol on Franklin Street and later living on Bradford, Oliver and Burton Streets, Frank was the son of the late Antonio and Maria (D’Angelo) Campagna, and the husband of the late Louise Mary (Iasiello) Campagna. His late wife Louise was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Iasiello (formerly of 102 Church Street). They were happily married for 55 years until Louise’s passing in 1997.
After graduating from Colt Memorial High School, Frank completed his Bachelor degree in Education (Class of 1939) and later completed his Masters degree in Education from Rhode Island College, College of Education, in Providence, RI (Class of 1950). Frank worked several summer jobs during college at Kaiser Aluminum Corporation and Smith Manufacturing Company, before joining the Bristol School system at the Guiteras Memorial School in 1939 as an algebra teacher. During his early years of teaching, Frank tutored students in all subjects and also taught as a substitute teacher at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, where he was a lifelong communicant. In addition to teaching, Frank also played saxophone in various venues professionally in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut and New Jersey, starting at the age of 14 years old. Most notable of these venues was the White Rail Restaurant on the back road in Bristol. Later, Frank became a guidance counselor and then assumed the role of the first dean of students and student activities position at the Bristol High School on Chestnut Street. Frank performed that role until his retirement in 1975 after completing 37 years of service in the Bristol school system. During most afternoons after school, Frank could also be found working at Campagna’s Pharmacy in various capacities, along side of his cousin, the store’s first owner, Vincent M. Campagna, Sr. He worked there for 17 years until he retired. During retirement, Frank continued to be involved in education, as an elected member and past chairman of the Bristol school committee. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus, Holy Name Society and the National Education Association (NEA).
Frank is survived by four children; Mary Louise Campagna, Anthony F. Campagna, Anne C. Krause, Frank J. Campagna, Jr.; two daughter-in-laws, Susan (Adams) Campagna, Jane (Constans) Campagna; two grandchildren, Peter Campagna, Joseph A. Campagna; and a sister, Rose H. Campagna.
In addition to his wife and parents, he was also preceded in death by six sisters, Frances Fasano, Helen, Mary, Marian and Josephine M. Campagna, Mildred Merlino and two brothers, Vincent A. “Jimmy” Campagna and C. Thomas Campagna.
Funeral services from the Sansone Funeral Home, 192 Wood Street, Bristol, are Monday, February 25, 2013 at 9 a.m. with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, State St., Bristol. Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Bristol. Visiting hours are Sunday, February 24, 2013 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, 141 State Street, Bristol, RI 02809. For online condolences, shared memories, information and directions go to www.sansonefuneralhome.com.