Edward V. Campbell
June 21, 1944- March 17,2021
The Dash by Linda Ellis
I read of a man who stood to speak at the funeral of a friend. He referenced to the dates on her tombstone from the beginning…to the end.
He noted that first came the date of her birth and spoke of the following date with tears, but he said what mattered most of all was the dash between those years.
For that dash represents all the time that she spent alive on earth and now only those who loved her know what that little line is worth….
Here is Ed’s dash – and what a blessing and a gift his life was to so many.
Ed was born June 21, 1944, the sixth child of James and Elizabeth. He grew up in Ardmore and attended St. Colman School and Monsignor Bonner High School. While at Bonner, Ed played baseball and basketball and won a scholarship for baseball to the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas. Upon graduating, Ed spent his whole career in elder care ministry.
Ed is survived by his beloved wife, Bernadette and his five children: Zoeann (Billy), Jay (Andrea), Becky (Chris), Bryan (Julie) and Megan (Colin), ten grandchildren, his sister Nance (Jack), brother Michael (Lori). In addition to his parents, he is predeceased by his siblings Elizabeth, Thomas, Janie, James, and Sally. He is also survived by his many nieces and nephews.
As a father, he loved spending time with his children, attending their activities and coaching. His greatest gift to his children was his love for them. He never ended a conversation on the phone or a visit that he did not end with the words, “I love you.” Ed was an active member of St. Pius X parish and a great neighbor. He loved taking care of his homes, gardening, and playing golf with family members and friends. The shore was his special place.
Ed’s greatest joy came with his grandchildren. He was blessed to have ten grandchildren: Tyler, Alex, William, Zoë, Ava, Emmy, Steven, Abby, Cassidy, and Cailyn. He would care for them when they were babies, play with them on the beach, attend their activities and always looked forward to their visits even in his illnesses.
To anyone who met Ed, he was always a friendly, caring person. Ed always made you feel important and valued. He loved the Philadelphia sports’ teams, and a great joy was a period of time when he and his brothers-in-law and nephews had season tickets for the Phillies.
So, in conclusion…
For it matters not, how much we own, the cars…the house…the ash. What matters is how we live and love and how we spend our dash… Linda Ellis
Relatives and friends are invited to his Viewing Monday evening, March 22, 2021, 6:00 – 8:00 PM and on Tuesday morning, March 23, 2021, 11:30 – 12:30 PM at The Donohue Funeral Home, 3300 West Chester Pike, Newtown Square, PA 19073, 610-353-6300, followed by his Funeral Mass, 1:00 PM, at St. Pius X Church, 220 Lawrence Road, Broomall, PA 19008. Funeral Mass will be livestreamed through The Donohue Funeral Home Facebook page beginning at 1:00 PM. Please click the following link: https://www.facebook.com/thedonohuefuneralhome/videos to view Funeral Mass.
In lieu of flowers, contributions to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105, would be appreciated.