Thomas A. Campbell

Thomas A. Campbell, age 77, of Wilmington, DE, passed away peacefully at Compassionate Care Hospice on Thursday, January 24, 2019.

Born October 31, 1941, Tom was the oldest of eight children. He was a 1959 graduate of P. S. du Pont High School and received an Honorable Discharge following his service in the U. S. Coast Guard Reserves.

Tom began his career as an instrumentation mechanic at the DuPont Chambers Works plant in Penns Grove, NJ. In 1975, he started his own instrumentation service business and relocated to Freehold, NJ. Success allowed him to retire early and move his family in 1987 to Sarasota, FL. He returned to Wilmington in 2013.

Tom was a member of the Loyal Order of Moose and a Meals on Wheels volunteer. He enjoyed playing golf, coaching little league and soccer, cooking, "betting the horses" and playing poker. Tom loved all things NASCAR and was also an avid fan of the Philadelphia Phillies and Eagles. Just a few days before passing away, he talked about the thrill of living long enough to see the Eagles win their first Super Bowl.

His children will always remember first and foremost his work ethic and the value to be gained from a hard day's work. There are also many treasured memories from summers spent on Long Beach Island, NJ. He was always happy to "have a catch," fish, build a sand castle, or play golf with his children and their friends. His homemade hoagies, cheesesteaks and huge seafood dinners were always a favorite.

In addition to his parents, Tom and Sara Campbell, Tom was predeceased by his infant son, Patrick; his brother, Ben Campbell; sister, Suzanne Campbell; and sister-in-law, Rose Campbell.

He is survived by his son, Devin Campbell, his wife Lori and their daughter Liana of Sarasota, FL; his daughter, Melanie Becker, her husband Tom and their three sons, Pasqual Burgess, and Shawn and Trevis Burgess-Becker of Clearwater, FL. He is also survived by his brothers, Jim Campbell (Kathy) of Newark and Bill Campbell of Wilmington; his sisters, Pat Ryan (John) of Ocean View, DE; Carol Smith (Jim); Linda Attix (Chuck) of Wilmington; and several nieces and nephews.

The family would like to thank Compassionate Care Hospice for the amazing care and kindness provided to Tom during his short stay with them.

Funeral services will be private. Condolences can be made by visiting


Submitted by Kiki on
I'm very sorry. I read about your loss and wanted to extend my condolences. Dads are special and are terribly missed. He sounded like such a loving man. A quiet sadness is all that may surface in the face of such a loss, know that God(Psalm 83:18) heals the brokenhearted, Psalm 147:3 and that He cares for you, 1 Peter 5:7. I hope that memories go far beyond the pain of his loss.

Submitted by Phyllis Hopper on
How sad I am to learn of my wonderful cousin, Tommy's passing. He was the Best ! He was the oldest in the family and always so kind and patient with all of us bugging him all the time ! All of us loved being in his presence and vying for his attention. He made time for all of us with a smile on his face and love in his heart'. My Most Sincere sympathy to all of you in the loss of an Outstanding brother Dad and just an all around good man. Love to all, Phyllis

Submitted by Lynn Loper on
The Hynson family felt great love and affection for Tommy, especially my uncle, Tom Hynson, and his wife Judi. We offer our condolences to his family. He was a special man.

Submitted by Melanie on
Thank you for your kind words. I’m Tom’s daughter and I remember getting together with your Uncle and Judi on many occasions; one was a wedding in the mid 80’s. I also remember your uncle visiting us in Florida. He was always making us laugh!

Submitted by Benjamin Lumb on
I was very sad to hear of Tom’s passing . As one of his youngest cousins it always seemed like he was always there to protect all of us. I loved Tom and all the Campbell family. They always made me feel like a brother to the whole family. Rest In Peace Tommy, you will be missed by all of us. Sorry for everyone’s loss. Best Regards, Benny