Condolence & Memory Journal

Coach Campbell was an inspiration to all of us that ran for him or had him for class. During that difficult time he inspired us to be a positive change, not just for our teammates but for those we'd meet in the future. We all have stories we could tell and mine was the end of a race in Maple Shade. I skunked another teammate (my brother) out of first place (it was a JV race). I felt good for about ten seconds. Coach taught me a life lesson that afternoon. You take care of your people, you don't screw them over. That lesson carried on as I ran in college, became a US Army Paratrooper with the 82nd. Airborne and ultimately, a career police officer. I never forgot to take care of my people.

Thanks Coach, I never forgot.
Jim Vitt
Cross Country, Winter Track and Track

Posted by Jim Vitt - Zebulon, NC - Student   August 20, 2019

My condolences to the family. Mr. Campbell was good man and track coach, one that I have always remembered through the years. I'll always remember his humor and life lessons.

Posted by Marshall Brown - FL - Student   August 07, 2019

COACH CAMPBELL:
My friend!
An advisory....politics ONLY
A motivator.
Asocial friend.
Unbelievable teacher (great!)
Unbelievable athletic coach!
Humorous - haha

Men like Gene come along for the benefit of mankind!

He and I would lift one on Friday PM....

Gene made people, adults and students alike, feel IMPORTANT in their life's endeavors...a true gift

Best of everything Buddy!
Your friend TLM, Coach

Posted by Tom McHugh - Palmyra, NJ - Friend   February 17, 2019

Rita, Our condolences to you and your family. Gene will truly be missed

Posted by Carol & Dan Borawski - Cape May Court House, NJ   February 02, 2019

My condolences

Posted by Wanda González - Pennsauken, NJ   February 02, 2019

Posted by Wanda González - Pennsauken, NJ   February 02, 2019

Time rolls by, people pass through your life without a trace. Coach Campbell left an indelible imprint on my character that helped me to keep moving forward through life's challenges. Outside of my father no one taught me more about what it means to be a man than Gene Campbell. My condolences to his family for your loss now, and the sacrifices you made in the past when he spent so much time away from you being a coach and mentor. To everyone who had the privilege to run cross country for Coach Campbell, 1,2,3,WOLVERINES!!!!

Posted by Steve (Boney) Gerhard - Macungie, PA - Student   February 01, 2019

My sympathies to the family and friends of Mr Campbell. I had him for history in HS and he was one of my favorite teachers. He would walk around the classroom a bit and made the history come alive through stories instead of just trying to teach dates and facts. I loved this about him and always found him to be interesting. He had a quiet sense of strength and honor, too.

Posted by Wendy Williams-Kollasch - Cinnaminson-Delanco, NJ   January 31, 2019

Greg, I have great memories of your dad from wrestling meets in high school. He was a good man. Sorry for your loss. Andrea

Posted by Andrea MacPherson - Drexel Hill, PA - Classmate   January 31, 2019

My condolences and prayers for Mr. Campbell's family. I was coached by him in cross country, winter track and track from 1969-73, and I also saw him over the summers at Pheasant Run Swim Club. He was a great teacher of the running sports and a tremendous motivator. He taught us how to work hard AND have fun. many of our lives were richer for having known him.

Posted by Tony Chirico - Franklin, MA - Student   January 30, 2019

I'm sadden to hear about Coach Campbell's passing. He undoubtedly was the most influential person in my life...blood included. He taught me life long values of discipline, focus, hard work, winning with class, and learning from defeat. It's been almost 45 years since I last saw Coach Campbell (except a brief meeting at the Windrift in the Summer of '83), and I'm sorry I missed the opportunity to thank him for his guidance and support while I was younger. I was one of his X-Country runners ("Wolverines") in '71, '72, and '73, and can never forget his coaching prowess and ability to inspire anyone. He's the best motivator I've ever seen or heard (ask any X-Country or Track team member who sat through pre-meet pep talks; or post-meet bus rides after what he perceived as less than a maximum performance). Thanks Mr. Campbell for helping me realize my potential. Rest in Peace Coach. My condolences to his family.

Posted by Rich Lomas - Cherry Hill, NJ   January 30, 2019

He was a great educator. One of my favorites.

Posted by A friend   January 30, 2019

Rita & Family...Our deepest sympathy
Bobbi & Bill Cottman

Posted by Barbara (Blanks) & William Cottman - Rio Grande, NJ - Acquaintance   January 30, 2019

Gene Campbell was a good friend of mine and mentor to me at Cinnaminson HS. He convinced me to be an assistant Cross Country coach at CHS while we had cafeteria supervision duty together. His enthusiasm was contagious and I later became head Cross Country coach. That would not have happened without Gene.
I picture Gene walking through the halls at CHS with his big scarf around his shoulders. He was a high energy person and that extended to the classroom. It was not uncommon to see him standing on his desk to get the students attention. Gene was always fun to be with and touched everyone with whom he came in contact. He was a positive influence on a generation of Cinnaminson students. He was definitely all of that for me.

Posted by Richard Connor - Madison, WI   January 30, 2019

Posted by Randy Campbell    January 30, 2019

I'm saddened to hear of Mr. Campbell's passing. He was a great teacher and always happy to greet you. I'm keeping his family in my thoughts. Robin Deats Macauley

Posted by Robin Deats Macauley - Haddon Township, NJ   January 29, 2019

My deepest condolences to you. Gene and I shared many enjoyable times teaching together at Cinnaminson Middle and High Schools. He was a wonderful coach and his influence on students will be felt for years to come.

Trish Spotts

Posted by Patricia Spotts - Fort Myers, FL   January 29, 2019

Mr. Campbell was an excellent teacher. I remember him fondly and enjoyed being in his class. May he Rest In Peace.

Posted by Marianne Prano - Cinnaminson, NJ   January 29, 2019

I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Mr. Campbell. He was a great teacher and always gave me great advice - whether it was about school or life. He encouraged and supported me as a student and I knew he was someone I could go to if I ever needed to talk. He will be sorely missed. My condolences to his family. - Stacy Proebstle, CHS Class of 2001

Posted by Stacy Proebstle - Toms River, NJ   January 29, 2019

Condolences to the Campbell family.

Posted by Rick and Pauline Iacovino - Mantua, NJ - Family Friend   January 29, 2019

For me, Coach Campbell was one of the most influential people in my life. I was one of his runners at Cinnaminson HS from 1970 to 1973. I can't find the right words to express how much he meant to me. I learned a great deal about myself from him. I am so sorry I never contacted him to thank him for all he did for me. He was a great person who wasn't afraid to show his emotions (humor, anger, frustration, joy). He was a great molder of young men like me. One of my best memories was my last race my senior year in spring track. After the race, as I was walking from the finish line, he came up to me and put his arm around me and we walked down the track. He told me how much he appreciated my efforts over the past 4 years and he asked how he could help me after I graduated. He knew how to read and connect with people. My deepest sympathy to Rita and the extended Campbell family.

Posted by Silas Matteson - Oakton, VA - Student   January 29, 2019

Mr. Campbell was a great teacher! I can still hear his voice telling me "Hey Smitty, get to class!" I had him in middle school and high school and he never called me by my first name, always called me Smitty bc my last name was Smith. He will be missed. My prayers to his family.

Posted by Kristin Puzak - Manahawkin, NJ   January 29, 2019

Gene Campbell was my track and cross country coach for 4 years in the late 60s and early 70s. My passion for running began with him, but he taught me so much more. I learned about the rewards that can result from hard work, the importance of sportsmanship and respect for those I compete against, and how to motivate myself and others to achieve more than we think we can. Fifty years later my memories of my experiences with Coach are vivid and I am so thankful for the time I spent under his guidance. I offer my sincerest sympathies to Rita and the rest of his family.

Posted by Kevin Lawrence - Lewes, DE - Student   January 29, 2019

My deepest sorrow on the passing of the passing of the man I respected more than any other. I regret I did not have the chance to tell you of the major impact you had on my life. From an old CHS student?track runner

Posted by Jim Zenkowich - Delran, NJ - Student   January 29, 2019

I am sorry I never got the chance to tell you of the influence you had on my life. Because of you, I got a degree in history. Largely because of your passion for history, I wanted to pass on what I learned. I work at the West Point Museum helping to educate Cadets, because of your influence on me.
Whenever the topic of favorite teachers comes up, my answer has always been you. It hurts me that I never got the chance to tell you in person. You made the world a better place. I miss you.

Brian Rayca, Cinnaminson Class of 1990.

Posted by Brian Rayca - West Point, NY   January 29, 2019

Rest in Peace Mr. Campbell. Your were a great teacher and wonderful man.

Posted by Jim B.    January 29, 2019

So sorry for your loss. He was a great teacher and fellow educator. Ron Blackeby

Posted by Ronald Blackeby - Delanco, NJ   January 28, 2019

Condolences to uncle Gene's family.

Posted by Peggy Doniger - Rio grande, NJ - Family   January 28, 2019