Shrewsbury – David J. Campaniello, of Shrewsbury, died suddenly June 27, 2019 of complications from diabetes. He was 49.
Dave is survived by his wife, Eirinn Jean (Buckley), and his two young daughters, Michaela Jean and Maria Jeanne. He also leaves behind his mother, Dr. Jean A. (Caparso) Campaniello, and brother, Paul M. Campaniello (Debra), both of Shrewsbury; his aunt, Marie (Norman) Caparso-Limoges of Leicester; his uncle, Richard (Joan) Caparso of Auburn; his cousins, Peter (Suzanne) Caparso of Worcester, Philip Caparso, and Dana Campaniello of Santa Monica; and his in-laws, Brian (Ann Marie) Buckley of Worcester and Martha (Paul) Rizzoli of Jamaica Plain. Dave will be missed by his nieces and nephews, Michael, Nina and Marissa Campaniello, Gianni and Sienna Campaniello, Kathryn, Allison and John Buckley, and Lewis and Lily Rizzoli. He was predeceased by his father, Michael F., and brother, Mark F. Campaniello, as well as his mother-in-law, Jeanne (Bourgeois) Buckley.
Dave was a proud son of Shrewsbury and was educated in the town school system. He graduated from Shrewsbury High School in 1988 and went on to Worcester Polytechnic Institute where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering in 1994. He received a Master of Business Administration degree from WPI in 2001.
Dave was employed by Square D/Schneider Electric, a multinational specialist in energy management and automation, where he worked in Sales and Account Management with the company in Hartford, Salt Lake City (where he was trained as a Luge Weigh-In judge for the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics), and Boston from 1994 to 2005.
Dave moved to Panduit, a global leader in the manufacturing of electrical and telecommunications products, in 2005 where he worked as a Contractor Program Manager for New England and a Territory Account Manager in the Boston Metro Area. In 2008 Dave returned to Square D/Schneider Electric as an Area Sales Manager in the New England Market. Dave was a valued employee at both companies and enjoyed the friendships and working relationships of colleagues and customers alike.
Locally, Dave was a Town Meeting member, Shrewsbury Fiscal Study Board member and Youth Sports Assistant Coach at Shrewsbury High School (football) and Notre Dame Academy (skiing). He was a member of the Italian American Victory Club in Shrewsbury where he spent many Monday nights vying for a bocce title with his brothers and friends.
Dave was an avid sports player and fan. He shared those loves with his wife, daughters, and extended family. Dave was a fierce competitor, who hated to lose, and was a lethal Scrabble player.
He was a proud owner of a 3-year-old Great Dane, Codega, and enjoyed his time as master to Butkus (a Bull Mastiff) and Ditka (his first Great Dane). His family has enjoyed a lifetime of moments chuckling about Dave and his dog adventures.
Second to home, Dave’s favorite place to spend time was Lake Winnipesaukee, a region introduced to him by his parents, whom he revered. Dave grew up skiing on the slopes of the mountains surrounding the New Hampshire Lakes Region and spent summers waterskiing, jet skiing and boating around the inlets and byways of Lake Winnipesaukee and Paugus Bay.
He joyfully introduced his daughters to the Laconia environs, and taught them how to ski down the runs of Gunstock, how to hang on to a tube bopping behind a speedboat, how to paddleboard and kayak in the still waters of Paugus Bay and how to tie a good knot to secure the boat to the dock. No doubt they will be thinking of him when they teach their own children to do these things.
Family, tradition and friends were paramount to Dave. If summers and vacations were meant for Lake Winnipesaukee, then holidays and birthdays were meant for his parents’ home and his mother’s homemade pasta. Christmas Eve at his beloved Aunt Marie’s was especially anticipated each year – amazing food, a blood sport Yankee Swap (for many years moderated by Dave) and much revelry. His glee and enthusiasm for that night are lovingly remembered by his daughters Michaela and Maria.
His funeral Mass will be Monday, July 1, at 9:30 a.m., in Saint Mary’s Church, 640 Main St., Shrewsbury (Please go directly to church). A procession to Saint John’s Cemetery in Worcester will follow the Mass.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to The Shrewsbury Public School Colonial Fund, 100 Maple Ave., Shrewsbury, MA. 01545, or The Shrewsbury Parks and Recreation Department, 2nd Floor DPW Office, 100 Maple Ave., Shrewsbury, MA. 01545.