WEST HARTFORD – Father Thomas B. Campion, 89, of West Hartford, passed away peacefully on Nov. 30, 2016, with his family by his side.
Born on Sept. 12, 1927, in Hartford, he was the son of the late Thomas M. Campion and Mary (Hanlon) Campion. His interest in sports began at an early age. Just out of high school, where he was a standout athlete, he participated in a baseball tryout camp and was offered an opportunity to sign with the St. Louis Cardinals, Boston Braves and Brooklyn Dodgers organizations.
After his graduating from St. Joseph’s Cathedral School in Hartford and St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield, he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in education from St. John’s Seminary in Brighton, Mass. He also obtained a master’s degree in education from Fairfield University.
He was ordained to the priesthood on Dec. 27, 1952, at St. Thomas the Apostle Church in West Hartford. Father Campion ministered at St. Paul’s Church in West Haven and devoted 27 years of service to St. Thomas Seminary as a teacher, director of athletic and coach of the baseball and basketball teams.
He then served at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Torrington and then was assigned as co-pastor of Corpus Christi Church in Wethersfield in 1983 as well as Sacred Heart Parish Wethersfield, when the two parishes were linked in 1995. When he retired from the linked parishes, the Corpus Christi School basketball court was named after him.
Father Campion played baseball in the Hartford Twilight League during his college years and continued as president of the league for many years after. He was a longtime member of the Wethersfield Country, where he was a scratch golfer.
Father Campion leaves his sister, Patricia Cobb, well as 23 nieces and nephews, more than 40 great-nieces and great-nephews and 10 grea-tgreat-nieces and great-greatnephews.
He was predeceased by his parents and sisters, Mary Sinatro, Kathleen O’Neil and Elizabeth Trenchard.
Archbishop Leonard Blair was the principal celebrant of a Mass of Christian Burial on Dec. 6 in the chapel of St. Thomas Seminary. Interment followed in Fairview Cemetery in West Hartford. Memorial donations may be made in Father Campion’s name to Corpus Christi Church or school, 84 Somerset St., Wethersfield, CT 06109.