OBITUARY

Frank Charles Campana Sr.

October 20, 1939December 29, 2020

Frank Charles Campana Sr. – 81 years old Frank was born on October 20th 1939 in Washington DC and passed away on December 29th 2020 at home in Parkland, FL. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Susan, and his daughter Amy along with her husband, Jonathan and their daughters, Carly, Lindsay and Ashley and son, Frank Jr., and his daughter Rylee.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the family does not feel that he would have wanted to risk anyone’s health to have a service.

Instead we are asking for donations in his name with Broward Education Foundation. The link below:

https://browardedfoundation.org/frankcampanamemorialfund/

My Dad,

Frank was born in Washington DC in 1939 to Alfonso and Carla Campana who were born in Switzerland. He was an only child. They raised him to be proud, happy, and kind and gave him his faith in God that he carried with throughout his life. He worked hard at everything he did. He excelled as an athlete in high school and received a full scholarship to play quarterback in football as well as pitch in baseball at George Washington University. He was drafted by 3 MLB teams to pitch while he was at GW but wisely chose to stay in college and finish his education. A back injury ended his baseball career and led him to a Masters Degree from American University in Washington DC.

My dad moved to South Florida and began his long and distinguished career in education with the Broward County School System. He enjoyed a 42 year career. He was an extraordinary educator and had tremendous passion for his job. For many years I thought it was going to be impossible for us to get him to retire. If it was not for his love for my mom and his four beautiful granddaughters I am sure he would have kept working for several more years.

Some career highlights: He was the Principal of Hollywood Hills HS for 4 years He was the Principal of Driftwood Middle School for 25 years 1988 – Named Middle School Principal of the Year 1991 – Enrolled in the Principals Hall of Fame in Tallahassee, FL May 17th, 2003 was declared Frank Campana Appreciation Day

I have gone over what I wanted to say here about my dad and what will be the best way to say it. I guess, simply put, he is the best man I have ever met. I have been so overwhelmingly blessed to be able to have had him as my father and to also have him as my best friend throughout adulthood.

I have never seen anyone else as good at making people happy or feel special as my dad. He made friends with everyone. If you spoke to him for more than 5 minutes you were his friend. He remembered everyone. People would walk up to him that somehow looked years older him and say hello to him at some random place and he would say hello to them by name and later tell me they were students from decades ago. He was so good at treating everyone from the people that were truly his good friends to those he barely knows with such respect and kindness. One summer, for 3 weeks, I worked for the school board at the KC Wright Building and each day I was there, 2 or 3 people stopped me when they read my name tag and saw it said Frank Campana to tell me a nice story about my father. He was genuinely the nicest person that you could ever hope to meet.

I am so happy that he worked in a profession that allowed him to do so much good. He was able to touch the lives of so many students and parents as well as fellow professionals. I know that we were so thankful for many of the long friendships that he had formed over the years with many of his colleagues. My dad was a unique man. Five years ago he was told that he had a very rare form of cancer that remained “undiagnosed” even until the end. He told no one because he did not want his close friends and family to spend their time worrying about him.

My father was blessed with a very happy and loving life. He and my mom enjoyed a beautiful 55 years of marriage. She was the love of his life and they were inseparable. My sister and I could not have been luckier to grow up with the two of them as our parents. We managed to say thank you by giving them four wonderful grand daughters who my father cherished like nothing I have ever seen. We were all so blessed to have been able to be together one last time this Christmas afternoon. That evening my sister was able to ask him if there was anything we could do for him and one of the final things he was able to was “Be Happy.”

I don’t think there is a better way to wrap this up than with a message from him to anyone who loved my dad enough to be reading this. No one was better at making people happy than he was. So, please, take his words and simply just go and “Be Happy!!”

My family and I thank you all for everyone’s love and support.

Memories

Frank Charles Campana Sr.

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Debbie Ashworth

January 18, 2021

I was Mr. Campana’s secretary at Driftwood Middle. I loved my job because I was surrounded by so many nice people and one exceptionally wonderful boss. Mr Campana always cared about others feelings and was the kindest man I have ever met. He knew all or almost all of his students by their first name! Incredible!! He made every day a joy to come to work. I feel so lucky to have known him and his wonderful family. He is a person you don’t forget. He has left quite an impact on many people’s lives. He will be sadly missed.

Kathleen aka Kathy Estes

January 17, 2021

When you work you want to work for the best and I have.
Mr Campana was a very caring principal. When we had a visitor or visitors , Mr. C would take them around the school and into classrooms that were in session. You could always hear him tell this person all about the teacher whose class they were visiting. He would tell them an uplifting commentary of the teacher. He knew all his teachers. He always stopped in the hallways and spoke to the students.

When my mother passed away, he had no problem with me being gone so long. He cared that much. I did not have to worry.
So as you can read, I worked for the BEST.

Candy Hanna Sheaffer

January 15, 2021

Mr. Campana was an administrator at Hollywood Hills High when I was a student. By the time I graduated from college, he was the principal at HHH. He hired me for my first teaching job. He was such a nice person and a mentor to all who knew him. He took the time to listen to you and sincerely tried to help you. I feel very fortunate to have known him and that I had the good fortune to work for him. Sincere condolences to your family. Mr. Campana will be missed.

Perry and Charlotte Klimas

January 15, 2021

Back in the sixties at Driftwood Junior High, Mr. C was amazing even then showing many positive qualities. When he left, a loss was felt but we knew he would go on to accomplish greater things in education. He did not let us down of course. Finally when he was assigned as principal to Driftwood Middle, we felt we had won a celebrity, an educational star from the lottery. He made many feel important, special and worthwhile. As a result, many who worked with him wanted to please him out of admiration and respect. He was a great model exemplify what a principal should be. His main goal wanting all to be Happy was accomplished many times over. We were blessed to have him as part of our life.

Lori Alberto Borrelli

January 13, 2021

A special man has left this earth but not without touching the lives of so many.
Working for and with Mr. Campana was a highlight of my teaching career. He was always a kind and caring gentleman; one that I had the utmost respect for. I am blessed to have known him.
May God Bless and comfort his family.

Chuck Franklin

January 13, 2021

I first learned about Frank when I began teaching at Driftwood Junior High in 1963. I was “fresh out “ of college, he had moved on to Perry Junior High to coach football. I didn’t meet him in person until he left Hollywood Hills High to become principal at Driftwood Middle School. I was told he had transferred because the many activities and athletic events at Hollywood Hills were causing him to miss watching his own children’s activities, as they grew into adulthood. I never forgot his lesson to me about the importance of spending time with your family. He was the same with the students and faculty. He always took time to listen.
Over the years, we became close friends. Once, when my mother was seriously ill, he offered to let me stay at his home so I could visit her more often , since he lived much closer to the hospital than I did. Even after my wife, Kathy, and I retired and moved to North Carolina, he never forgot our birthdays and anniversary. We would speak about twice a month. He even came to visit us.
He had the amazing ability to remember all the names of the students and would always have time to speak with them, a true gift! The world was a far greater place with him in it. My wife and I will miss him greatly. We send our sincere condolences to Susan, Frank Jr., Amy and his four granddaughters.

Kathy Franklin

January 13, 2021

I was blessed to know Mr. Campana for 60 years, as I met him when I was 14 ,when he was my brother’s football coach at Perry Jr High.
His family, God, and everyone he ever met was always very important to him. After my back surgery, I had to move up to work with older students. I came right from the University of Miami Pain Center for my interview. I had to stand during the interview, as it was too painful to sit. Mr C stood the entire time ,too. His only question to me was “Kathy, will you ever be able to sit down?”
For 20 years, I worked at Driftwood Middle. Mr C was the best, most fair, honest, caring professional, inspirational person to everyone.
When Chuck retired, Mr C asked me to stay on until he retired.
After 3 years, I went to him and asked if he was retiring soon , as I was TIRED.. He said in June........hang in there!
Until we meet againMr C, I am hanging in.
God bless you and your wonderful family.

Michael Mahaffey

January 10, 2021

I met Frank in 1970 at Hollywood Hills High. It was the only year I attended there. I made friends right away and learned which classes I could skip and go surfing. That ended about half way through my senior year when Frank was waiting for me in the parking lot. I got a few weeks detention which is what I deserved. Fast forward to 1985 when I got married and bought a house in Hollywood Hills. After closing my wife Liz and I went to the house and I mentioned to her that the man across the street mowing his lawn looks like the guy that gave me detentions at Hills. A couple days later I introduced myself to Frank and told him I went to Hills and was not the ideal student. That was the beginning of our friendship. I lived there for 15 years. Frank was always there for advice and discussion when I needed it. I stayed in touch when we moved in 2000 to Cooper City and then to TN in 2008. I visited Frank and Susan just a few years ago in Parkland to see their beautiful home and left that day really glad I had. I think Frank was one of the finest men I have known in my life and I am really going to miss him.

Alan Feller

January 9, 2021

A man who kept me staight and put me on the right track with my life when i could of gone in the qrong direction. Thank you for your guidance.May you RIP

Pamela Chinelly

January 9, 2021

You will be missed I’m one of the many Students ( Driftwood Jr High ) who remembers your kind heart ❤️ God comfort your family 😢🙏😇

FROM THE FAMILY