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Bernard John Campanella

January 20, 1947May 12, 2020

Bernard John Campanella was born on January 20, 1947 and passed away on May 12, 2020 and is under the care of Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes.

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Julie Bailey

May 19, 2020

I miss your smile! Upbeat attitude! and now we will miss your face at MSU Hockey! Devastating to hear this. Rest in Peace. Ray and Julie Bailey

Toni Sue Botsford

May 17, 2020

My condolences to his family. Bernie and I met after he moved to Okemos. We both loved hockey and met at a MSU hockey event. He was a generous person and we had a lot of fun and adventures together. I will miss you B.

Wendy (Morley) Vincent-Barwood

May 17, 2020

Memories of Bernie -- high school music group, that beautiful smile, a vessel of warmth, love, personality, kindness and giving -- characteristics he shared with everyone in class, in the hallways and outside school. Bernie was loved and respected by all and left an unforgettable footprint. A sad day to read of his passing, a very sad day. The beautiful Adirondack Mountains -- a fitting place for a beautiful soul to rest. RIP Bernie

Mike and Maryhelen Peebles

May 16, 2020

To the Campanella Families, Our son, Jeff, had a lot of fun together with the boys in Canton, NY. , wonderful loving family. Had barbecues together. Bernie was a wonderful father and role model. We missed them when they moved away. With sympathy to the boys and their families. Fondly, Mike and Maryhelen Peebles, Canton, NY

Ted Como

May 16, 2020

Three weeks ago Bernie popped up on the Ogdensburg History Group Facebook page looking for some scouting information. I asked how he was doing and he replied as well as can be. Now, just three weeks later, he's left us, far too early for this outstanding individual with whom I graduated high school in 1964. As with me, Bernie was a writer. As with me, he joined the military with service in Vietnam. As with me, he retired at age 70. What a shock to lose him after having just connected with him for the first time in more than 50 years. Deepest sympathies.

Barbara Morrison

May 16, 2020

Maggie, we went to Canton ATC together in 1965. I am sorry to hear of the passing of your Brother. I pray for strength for you at this most difficult time.

Susan Eggleston

May 15, 2020

Bernie Campanella will be sadly missed by his loving family and loving companion of 19 years Susan Eggleston. Bernie had an outgoing personality and loving and caring demeanor with everyone he met.
Prior to his retirement and relocation to Okemos Michigan he resided in Harrisburg Pennsylvania. He was employed as a Sales Agent/Marketing Manager for over 25 years with Fine Line Homes/Fine Line Realty, Harrisburg PA. Bernie volunteered on various committees with The Greater Harrisburg Association of Realtors. He received the honor of "The Realtor of The Year" 2013. He was installed as Vice President for 2014 and President of The Greater Harrisburg Association of Realtors in 2015.
Bernie enjoyed his volunteer work and served on many committees associated with The Oyster Mill Playhouse, Camp Hill PA.
Upon retirement to Okemos MI he became involved with Riverwalk Theatre, Williamston Theatre and The Greater Lansing Area Art Gallery. He served on many committees from Fund Raising, Play Selection and Awards Committee. He believed in the betterment of the arts and volunteered his time with The Greater Lansing Area Art Gallery.
Bernie was involved with hockey from an early age. He was a Season Ticket holder of The Hershey Bears, Hershey, PA and with his relocation to MI he was finally able to see his beloved MSU Spartans Hockey Team. Bernie was elected and serving on the board of The MSU Blue Line Club.
Bernie had a love of gardening and continued to serve as The CoPresident of The Pennsylvania Herb and Garden Festival. He was also a member of The Herb Society of America.
I will forever miss his optimistic attitude, his gentle loving spirit, his zest for life, and love we shared for each other.
I will Love You Always & Forever
Your Sweet Susan

Lisa Campanella

May 15, 2020

Bernard John Campanella, 73, of Okemos, Michigan passed away on Tuesday, May 12, 2020. Bernie was born on January 20, 1947 in Ogdensburg, NY.

Bernie was a 1964 graduate of Ogdensburg Free Academy in Ogdensburg, NY. He then attended St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY. In 1966, he enlisted in the Army at age 20. Bernie served in Vietnam with the 4th Infantry Division out of Pleiku in the Central Highlands, where he earned The Army Commendation Medal. After completing his service, Bernie returned home to his wife and 5-month old. He then completed his Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology & Journalism at St. Lawrence University. His career path included reporting for the Cape Cod Times, Press Secretary for U.S. Representative Robert C McEwen, Sports Information Director at St. Lawrence University, Assistant to the St. Lawrence University President, Copy Editor at Watertown Daily Times, Executive Director of the Building Industry Association, Executive Director of the Michigan Association of Home Builders, and then went on to a long and successful career in Real Estate. Bernie’s work took him to New York, Ohio, Michigan and Pennsylvania. He was an avid Journalist and enjoyed writing for local papers. He was the author of “Catching up with Bernie” for the Patriot News when he resided in Harrisburg, PA. Bernie retired in 2016 and moved back to Michigan. Bernie was involved with several local clubs and theaters. He especially enjoyed his Michigan State Hockey, and being part of the Blue Line Club.

Bernie was deeply devoted to his family and was preceded in death by his parents and his wife of more than 30 years, Beth (Mary E.) Campanella (2001). He is survived by his three sons, Andrew Campanella of Philomath, OR, Matthew Campanella of Fenton, MI, and Christopher Campanella of Oregon City, OR; eight grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren; and 5 siblings, Paul Campanella, Rosalie Kissel, Mary Agnes Campanella, Kathleen Hutchings and Stephen Campanella.

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