Thomas Campana

‒ January 04, 2020

Westerville, Ohio

Thomas “Tom” Campana, age 64, of Westerville, passed away on Saturday, January 4, 2020 at Kobacker House. Born in November 1955 in Lorain, OH, Tom graduated from Lorain High School and earned his degree in Computer and Information Science from The Ohio State University.  He was employed by the Motorists Insurance Group for 35 years serving in various programming and management capacities.

Tom was loved by all who knew him.  He was always there to help others, with a special place in his heart for assisting the elderly.  Tom enjoyed gardening, sharing his harvest, golfing with neighbors and annually reconnecting with high school and college friends.

Tom was preceded in death by his parents, Michael and Josephine Campana of Lorain, OH; brothers, Michael and Paul Campana; and sister, Cindy Campana.  He is survived by his loving and supportive wife of 38 years, Donna Campana; daughter and son-in-law, Shelley and Jon Rucker; beautiful grandson, Nathan Thomas Rucker; and sister and brother-in-law, Toni and Bill Davis.

Friends may call from 5 to 8 pm on Thursday, January 9, 2020 at DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, 637 N. State Route 61, (at SR 3), Sunbury.  Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 am on Friday at St. Paul the Apostle Church, 313 N. State Street, Westerville, OH.  Fr. Michael Hinterscheid, Celebrant.  Interment Resurrection Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, the family prefers contributions be made to Kobacker House, 800 McConnell Drive, Columbus, OH 43215 in Tom’s memory.

The DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve the Campana family.  Please visit to share a memory or condolence with the family.

  • Donna,Shelley and Jon,
    Our heart is with you.
    Deepest sympathy in your loss of a wonderful man, husband and Father.
    With love,
    Tom & Sandy Flack

  • We will so miss his friendly laugh and happy disposition. A great friend. Donna and Shelly you have our heartfelt sympathy and wish you pleasant memories.

  • Donna: my heartfelt sympathy. Tom was a great guy in many ways. A friend and someone i could count on at work.
    I’ll always remember the great party at your home when the Indians played in the World Series.
    I hope you find consolation in the knowledge that so many people found him a special person

    Jay Huey

  • Shelley you and your Mom have my deepest sympathy. Tom will be sadly missed. He was a really nice guy and a good co worker.

  • Tom was a wonderful friend and Co worker that will be truly missed. My thoughts and prayers for the family.

  • Donna,
    I have so many good memories of Tom. He was one of the first people I worked with at Motorists in 1983. I’ll never forget the Reds and Indians games we went to together, Buckeye tailgates, and the all you can eat buffets at lunch. My thoughts and prayers are with you and Shelley, as well as the newest members of your family.

  • Joe and I are praying for you all. We are so glad we had the chance to meet Tom! Such a kind, genuine man. Much love, The Lambert Family

  • My memories of Tom as being a kind and compassionate person at Motorists Insurance. So sorry to hear of his passing.

  • Our hearts and prayers are with you Donna, and with Shelly and all your family.
    I’ve been reflecting on all the great times we had together over the years creating memories that will never be forgotten. Whether it was the fun trips to Lake Cumberland, or the many Tribe games (either after a stay at Lorain, or just the four of us for a full weekend in downtown Cleveland), and of course Buckeye games. Tom will surely be missed by so many. Know that you’re in our thoughts and prayers.

  • So sorry for your loss. Tom was a sweet person with a good heart. He was my boss for a short time and a pleasure to work for and with
    Patty Weikert

  • He was a lovely man, a fine example of the many people I met and worked with at Motorists in the 80’s and 90’s. So sorry to see him pass away so early. My heartfelt sympathy to his family and all of us who knew him. A kind, gentle man who we all loved to be around. Let us honor him by remembering his gentleness, and let’s try to follow his lead.

  • Knowing and working with Tom during our Motorists years are memories I will always cherish. Donna & Shelley, know you and the rest of your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Tom was a great person, so glad to have the opportunity to know him. Wally and Peggy

  • My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Tom was great to work with, he was always supportive, kind, and full of positive energy.

  • I met Tom in high school and he was a wonderful person and friend. He loved to smile and have fun. He will be deeply missed. Praying for his family during this difficult time.

  • Tom was the ultimate gentleman. Kind to everyone and he always had time for you. If you ran into him at work you were glad you did. You got to have a short but enjoyable few words with a genuine friend. He will be missed by so many!

  • Heart felt prayers for Tom and his family. He was an excellent friend, co-worker and very kind and compassionate. I enjoyed working with him and sharing our love for sports. RIP Tom!

  • Donna and family,
    We are so sorry for your loss. I have good memories of Tom always had a smile and was good to work with. Hugs and prayers!

  • Donna & Shelley & Jon,
    I am so sad to learn Tom has passed away. He was a wonderful man & I enjoyed working with him at Motorists. He will be fondly remembered & sadly missed. His hearty laugh & humor will live on in our memories.

  • I was saddened to hear of Tom’s passing. I served with Tom on several committees when I worked at a Motorist affiliate. Not working in Columbus, Tom had a way of making all feel welcome and you were an immediate valued friend and coworker. My career was made better that my path crossed with Tom. RIP

  • Dear Donna, Shelley and Jon,

    My heart breaks for all of you, I understand this loss and pray for all of you.
    Tom was a great husband to you Donna, and father to you Shelley. I will never forget how proud he was the day he walked you down the aisle. I was so happy to be part of your special union.
    Thinking of you today and always.

    My Best,

  • Donna and Shelley, we are so very sorry for your loss. In the short time we knew Tom, it was clear what a fun, kind and loving man he was. Please know we are keeping you and your family in our thoughts and share your sadness.

    Steve and Joan Pell

  • Donna and Shelley,
    I’m so sad to hear about Tom. He was a great guy. We had many good times when we worked together at Motorists. He was a special person. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Donna & Shelley,

    May the precious memories of your loved one be a comfort to you now, and may it help to know that many thoughts are with you in your sorrow.

    Caring about you, thinking of you & praying for you.

    Jeanne Gibbons

  • Prayers for the family. I worked with Tom many years at Motorists. His kind ways always made you smile. It was always a please to work on a project with Tom.

  • I was so very sorry to hear about Tom. I had the good fortune to work with Tom over the years at Motorists. He was such a very kind, fun and wonderful man. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  • Donna and Shelley,
    My deepest sympathies to you. I pray for comfort and peace to you and your families in this hard time.
    Love, Peggy

  • My condolences go out to Donna and Shelley.
    In 1975 I met Tom for the first time when he hosted Randy Balmert and I for a weekend during his freshman year at Ohio State.
    Even then, his ability to shape great memories, his passion for life and his love of sports made him fun to be around! He remained that way every time I saw him through the years which is why I always enjoyed seeing Tom.
    He will be missed.

  • Donna and Family,
    I’m sorry to hear of Tom’s passing, he was such a nice man. Our thoughts and prayers are with you as you face the days ahead. God Bless you all.
    Jack and Jeannie Whiting

  • Our prayers are with all of you during this difficult time. Tom was always so kind and gentle. I know he will be missed by all. Lynn and Betty Graham

  • Deepest sympathies to the Campana family. Tom was a wonderful, loving guy, and he will truly be missed. God’s peace and blessing on the Campana family at this sorrowful time.

  • Dear Donna, Shelley and family,
    It was always nice seeing Tom at the high school reunions. He was such a good person and kind heart. He will be missed. You all are in my prayers as I know this is so hard for you. Losing someone we love is the most difficult thing in life. I hope your faith and love for Tom will give you peace and guide you through the days to come.

  • Dear Donna and Shelley and Family!
    We are deeply saddened by Tom’s passing. He will be greatly missed! He is so kind and wonderful and gentle, loving person! Our harts goes to you and family! He will be living in our harts always.
    With love, Tim & Connie Rucker.

  • Our deepest condolences. Rest in peace, Tom, and thanks for your kindness.
    Bear & Jean (Motorists)

  • On New Year’s Eve my thoughts glossed over a few very special friends, one was Tom, thinking I would call him in a few days, after the holidays. As life deals its reminders of “tomorrow is never promised”, I missed my last chance to talk with one of the sweetest people who ever entered my life. My first contact with Tom was in January 1977, I was hired at The OSU Faculty Club, there were a handful of student workers that stood out above the others. Three of these students seemed to handle and oversee the other students, Jerry Kelly and Furman Ammons, the other was Tom. We hit it off because we were both ITALIAN’S and we all know what that means. Tom, was always steady and kind and in constant control of any situation. ( I have a nephew that always reminded me of Tom, because of his exact Campanaesque nature.) I left the faculty Club in 1980, Time passed. I remember meeting Donna in the early days of their marriage as we ran into each other at a local event. We kept in very loose touch over the years, with an occasional phone call. My last time seeing Tom was accidentally running into him in an airport in another State. Then Faculty Club Brother Jerry Kelley, hosted an event this past summer which brought Tom back full circle. We talked several times since then, but not enough. We discussed his illness and also my cousin who had the exact same scenario going on as Tom did, right down to the beloved grandchild. My cousin passed at Thanksgiving. And Now our life flame will again be dimmed because of the passing of the gentlest of men. Donna, Shelly and Jon, I cannot begin to imagine your pain, and the loss of the continued impact Tom would have on Nathan, who he adored telling me about. At this time I am out of state at convention and will not be at the funeral mass for Tom, I know the high school clan will be there and I ask you to give my condolences to Steve Varrone another, once Faculty Club student. I will post a photo of Tom and Steve on my face book page from those early days. I pray for all of you and hope to talk with Donna to share my condolences, when I return. Again I am terribly saddened I will not being at the glorious closing ceremonies of one of God’s very best creations.

  • Donna, Shelley and Jon,
    It is with a very saddened heart that we write you with our deepest condolences for the loss of Tom. Tom is not lost. We know exactly where Tom is and hope maybe we might get to see him again. In such a short time living at The Villas, we gained a true sense of Tom’s sincerity, kindness and strength. We apologize for not being at Tom’s Services to give you a big hug but our thoughts and sympathy will be with you moving forward. You have to love anyone who loves the Cleveland Indians and we do.
    Our Love is with you all,
    Steve and Janet

  • Donna and family,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. I have many memories of Tom during our time together at Motorists. He was a good and caring man to all around him.
    Dick and Jeanie Walton

  • Tom hired me 4.5 years ago to Motorists and I’m forever grateful that I got to know him and experience his benevolence in so many ways. He allowed me the flexibility to work from home a couple days a week to ensure that I could take and pick up my child from school. He did things in obscurity never wanting attention to himself, but his kindness and decency spoke volumes. Praying for peace and God’s comfort at this most difficult time.

  • I worked with Tom at Motorists and I am grateful I experienced his leadership and friendship! My heart and prayers go out to all he left behind.

  • Tom hired me as an intern at Motorists 4.5 years ago and I will forever be grateful for his mentorship, leadership and friendship. He always went out of his way to make sure I was able to succeed and grow. Praying for your family during this difficult time. Tom will be missed deeply!

  • Tom is literally the best manager and most caring person that I’ve ever had at the Motorists Insurance Group!! Always positive, always a smile, always positive words no matter what the situation! Always the most Sincerest. So so sorry to hear this news. It is a pleasure to know and to have worked for you and with you!! 
    Family- As you know he was a spiritual and positive person and I hope knowing how much he was appreciated and adored brings a little comfort your way.


  • We are greatly saddened by the loss of Tom. Even though we have only known your family a short time, it was easy to tell what a kind-hearted and giving man he was. We are so sorry for your loss and wish we were able to attend his services. Please know that you have our support and are always available to help in any way. Take care and God bless.

  • Tom was always a quiet protector. I worked for him for many years at Motorists and it wasn’t until he retired that I realized how hard he worked to shelter and take care of those he worked with.

    When we traveled for work he was always a gentleman; never letting me get a door for myself or even pull my own luggage from the overhead bins on the plane. He was the truest example of a servant leader, always thinking of and caring for others. He was a humble, giving, and kind person. If you were lucky enough to know him well, you also got to enjoy his quick wit and great sense of humor. He will be missed dearly.

    Donna and Shelley, keeping you close in thought and prayer during this time.

  • Hi! I’m Susan, Donna’s sister. In May 1981, while I was a college student, Donna and Tom got married. So although I never grew up with a brother, Tom was my brother all of my adult life.
    He was a man of many talents – he could fix anything, build anything, and grow anything in his garden. Always available to lend a hand, make your favorite cocktail and play your favorite tune. Not to mention, a great husband to Donna, father to Shelley, and Poppy to Nathan. I remember many Friday nights, when Shelley was little, going to visit Donna and Shelley, getting pizza and watching stupid Monty Python movies while Tom was working a second job bartending at the Maennerchor weekends to provide for his family.
    In July 1992, he and Donna hosted a party I was encouraged to attend. I was on call that weekend and unable to drink, so partying didn’t sound like much fun. However Tom had an ulterior motive. There was someone coming to the party he wanted me to meet. We all went to a Clippers game during the party and to see Tommy James & the Shondells after the game at the stadium. While I talked with many people at the party, I hadn’t yet spoken to the person I was meant to meet. But Tom gave me a ticket to sit next to someone at the game. We hit it off immediately and ended up talking on their back porch until 4:00 am. Luckily I wasn’t called in to work that night. It was the beginning of a new chapter for me – as I met the absolute love of my life, my husband now of 25 years, that night. It was as if we’d known each other for many years. My husband, Dick Ellers, was consulting at Motorists and was planning a move back to Chicago within weeks of our meeting. Needless to say, he didn’t move. We have two wonderful grown daughters, Hayley and Marisa, and have Tom to thank for our blessed life together.
    What an amazing legacy Tom leaves. Each and every one of us will carry him in our hearts, so he lives on through us.
    Til we meet again! Love you, Tom, Donna, Shelley, Jon, Nathan, and Toni and her family.

  • Dear Donna, Shelley, Jon and Nathan,
    I am writing as a friend of the family. I had the luck of meeting Susan, Donna’s sister in nursing school in 1979. I got to know her family as well. Donna and Tom were always at the family events and treated me as one of the family. It has been great seeing Shelley grow up and start a family and to see Tom become a doting grandfather was the best. All my love, Donna Tuomala Dunaway