Thomas “Tom” Heath Campbell, age 74, passed away on Saturday, March 25, 2023, in Henrico Doctors Hospital, Henrico, Virginia, following a brave yet quiet battle with cancer. He passed peacefully and in high spirits. Shortly thereafter, Tom’s soul was commended unto the Lord by the hospital chaplain, Father Thierry.
Tom was preceded in death by his parents, mother Marilyn Ruth; and stepfather Edward C. ‘Kam’ Kamenski; as well as his brother, Edward V. ‘Kam’ Kamenski.
Tom is survived by two wonderful children, Nathan (Nath) Campbell and Ashley (Ash) Campbell Ellis; brother Wade Campbell of Tampa, Florida and sister Susan Kamenski of Arlington, Virginia.
The eldest of four siblings, Tom was born on December 9, 1948, in Beaver County, Pennsylvania. He spent his formative years in Pennsylvania and Northern Virginia before graduating high school in Georgia. He was gifted with high intelligence, a love of both learning and the outdoors, and studious and humble nature.
With these qualities, Tom would apply his innately strong work ethic to become the first in his family to graduate from college, eventually earning both a Bachelor’s and a Master’s Degree in Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology (Ga. Tech). He also served in the United States Navy during the Vietnam War era, earning the National Defense Service Award.
After school and the Navy, Tom decided to raise his family in the South. The Campbell family resided in Fayetteville, North Carolina, as well as Henrico County, Virginia, as Tom pursued a remarkably successful career as an Industrial Engineer. During these years, Tom loved being a Dad, building by hand his daughter’s first bed once she was out of a crib, erecting a treehouse in the backyard for his children, taking his family on trips to Carolina beaches, growing food in his garden, and making homemade sausage and beer. He also loved the pizza from Luigi’s Restaurant in Washington, DC. More often than not, a trip back to Northern Virginia would include a stop with family members at Luigi’s.
Once retired, Tom had the time again to indulge his love of books and learning. A voracious reader, Tom enjoyed fiction and had read the complete works of some of his favorite authors. He likely had one of the most used library cards in Henrico County and would also seek out works from second-hand book shops. During retirement, Tom spent time with family, as well as with a second ‘family’ of friends he enjoyed through his membership in the Henrico, Virginia, Eagles Club.
Tom was a good son, an awesome big brother, a great provider, and a loving father. He will be sorely missed.
The family will receive guests from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Monday, April 17 at Affinity Funeral Service, 2720 Enterprise Parkway, Richmond, Virginia. This visit is to be followed on the same day by a 1:30 p.m. committal service, with Military Honors, at Quantico National Cemetery, Quantico, Virginia.
All are invited to take part in one or both celebrations of the life of Thomas Heath Campbell, a child of the Living God.