Ronald E. Campion, 82, of Utica passed away Sunday, October 7, 2012 at St. Luke's Home.
Ron was born on May 15, 1930 in Utica, the son of Edward and Marcella (Kelly) Campion. He graduated from Utica Free Academy in 1948, was a member of the Class of 1952 at Utica College and received a Master's degree in 1953 from NYU School of Public Administration where he was valedictorian. Ron served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. On April 16, 1966 he married the love of his life, Carolyn C. Barnes in St. Francis de Sales Church. Ron began his career as a history teacher at Chadwicks High School and later at Utica Free Academy. From 1960-65, Ron served as professor, Dean of Students and Director of Financial Aid at Utica College. In 1965, he became president of E.S. Campion Associates, a real estate and appraisal company. He also taught real estate at Utica School of Commerce, MVCC, HCCC and Utica College.
Ron was active in the real estate and appraisal business for over 45 years. He served as president of the N.Y.S. Society of Real Estate Appraisers, The Newman Foundation at Utica College and was Realtor of the Year in 1989. Ron served on the Board of Directors of the Presbyterian Home, Epilepsy Foundation, Carton Foundation, Greater Utica Board of Realtors and the Parish Council of Our Lady of Lourdes Church.
Ron was a devoted and loving husband, father and grandfather. He was a loyal friend who always found time to help others. A true gentleman and scholar, Ron was a leader in the real estate field. His eternally-optimistic nature and selflessness were ever present in his daily life.
Surviving Ron are his beloved wife, Carolyn; his children, Judith McDonald and her husband, Joseph, Niskayuna, NY, Brian Campion and his wife, Janice, Utica, Dr. Amy Campion and her husband, Brian Rabuse, Dalton, MA, Ellen Campion and Laura Campion, Esq., both of Utica; seven grandchildren; sister, Catherine Kieloch, Alexandria, VA and several nieces and nephews. Ron was predeceased by his brother, John Campion.
In lieu of flowers, please consider remembrances in Ron's name to the Alzheimer's Association or Thea Bowman House. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
The Campion family extends their gratitude to St. Luke's Home, especially Barton North, for the care, compassion and kindness shown to Ron and his family.
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Relatives and friends are invited to call Wednesday from 4 to 7 p.m. at Nunn & McGrath Funeral Directors, 470 French Rd., Utica. Funeral services will be Thursday at 8:45 a.m. from the funeral home and 9:30 a.m. from the Church of Our Lady of Lourdes where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery.
Ron Campion is the big brother I never had.
Ron was everything I needed at the right time I needed it.
He is as much responsible for my graduation from Utica College and becoming a professional teacher as any of the folks who helped me through 11 years of part-time study.
He helped me as my Veterans Counselor, professor and personal benefactor.
Ron was my friend and mentor for over 40 years. With his support, I and my family have enjoyed life at a level beyond my dreams.
I truly believe he misspelled his name all his life. The second letter should be an "h" so his true surname would be Champion.
He was truly a champion for many with his efforts of helping others receive justice and opportunity.
I often wondered if he hired me to paint some of his properties, back when I was a struggling-married student working more than one job to make ends meet, out of knowing my need and providing for it.
One time during those early tough years, Ron made sure I got legal representation that helped me recoup the loss of my vehicle (car accident).
And, he even had us (the attorney and I) as his lunch guests so I could tell my story.
He taught me, "Illegitimus non carborundum (est)!" to be used whenever the gong was unfair.
I shall never forget this humble man for the many acts of kindness he bestowed on me and my family.
Posted by: Joseph P. Bottini | Wednesday, October 17, 2012
I remember Ron from the days of Covenant Community, a very kind, gracious and helpful man. I am sorry for your loss.
Posted by: Michael Jordan | Thursday, October 11, 2012
Having just lost my mother to Alzheimer''s disease one week ago, I know just how you feel. You have my deepest sympathy.
Posted by: Stuart Jones (Ed''s friend) | Thursday, October 11, 2012
We have all lost a gentle man, who demonstrated kindness and generosity that is difficult to find today. I worked for Ron at the real estate office in Whitesboro so many years ago, he helped me buy my first house, and I reconnected again when he taught classes at MVCC. He taught me much about life in those few years, he will always be in my heart. My sympathy to Carolyn and their family. Ron never hesitated to share how much you all meant to him.
Posted by: Sharon Lee | Thursday, October 11, 2012
Ellen I am so sad to hear of your dad''s passing. I know how much you loved him. Just know that he has now received his wings !! PIP Ellens dad
Posted by: phyllis Latreille | Wednesday, October 10, 2012
My heartfelt condolences and prayers to my Aunt Carolyn and her family. I will always remember my Uncle Ron as a warm and wonderful man. The memories I have of his smiles, his family''s warmth and their happy home are among the best of my childhood. I love you Uncle Ron and know you are in a wonderful place.
Posted by: Mary Edwards | Tuesday, October 09, 2012
I am so sorry to hear of Mr. Campion''s passing. I have only the most wonderful memories of him smiling with us throughout my childhood and teenage years. Always a welcoming presence; always someone I admired and respected. He will be missed by so many and my love goes out to the entire Campion family.
Posted by: Amy Trapanick Brewer | Tuesday, October 09, 2012
Dear Caroline and family: I was saddened to learn of your husband''s passing. I know how close you were. I knew he had been ill for a while. My condolences to you and your children.
Posted by: Elizabeth Eaton | Tuesday, October 09, 2012
Our sympathy goes out to Carolyn and the children. He was a great man.
Jay and Karen Dwyer
Posted by: Karen & Jay Dwyer | Tuesday, October 09, 2012
Ron`s Family,my condolences on our loss. Ron whom, I knew for thirty years via the real estate business, was a model of "honest professionalism . "
ed butch waszkiewicz
Posted by: ed butch waszkiewicz | Tuesday, October 09, 2012
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