Alfred Campanella passed peacefully away at home on Wednesday, November 8. He is survived by his beloved wife of 59 years, Lucy M. Campanella; and his four chil- dren: Alfred and his wife Carolyn of Cherry Hill, Lucy- Ann and her husband John Mascola of Rockville, Maryland, Andrew and his wife Drew-Ann Dunigan of Vero Beach, Florida and Dorset, Vermont, and Felicia Campanella and her husband James Anderson of Fair Haven. He is survived by eight grandchildren who affectionately called him Granddad: Matthew, David and Elizabeth Campanella, Paul and Madeline Mascola, Julia Campanella, and Amanda and Hannah Anderson. Also surviving are his brother, Bennett and sister-in-law Maralyn Campanella; a sister-in-law, Madeline Muscatello; a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Alexander and Carole Muscatello.
He was a graduate of Manhattan Preparatory School, class of 1948, and Manhattan College, class of 1952, Riverdale, New York. His distinguished teaching career began at Englewood School for Boys, Brownson High School, Hackensack, and Teaneck High School. Earning a master of arts degree from (now) Montclair State University, he went on as director of curriculum and instruction at Northern Valley Regional High School District in Demarest, followed by his appointment as associate superintendent of school of the Woodbridge School District. He earned the degree of doctor of education in 1972 from Rutgers The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick. He was appointed superintendent of Shore Regional High School District, West Long Branch, in 1979 and remained there until retirement in 1992.
During his teaching career he edited the Social Studies Journal; was presented the Distinguished Educator Award from IDEA Academy of Fellows; implemented a summer program at Princeton University for New Jersey educators; and was received into the professional fraternity of education, Phi Delta Kappa, and taught numerous courses as adjunct instructor at Fairleigh Dickinson University, Rutherford campus, New Jersey.
As an active member of the Red Bank Rotary, Alfred strove to promote the importance of education in several programs offered in the district and was named Paul Harris Fellow by the Red Bank Club and Rotary Foundation of Rotary International, an honor he greatly esteemed.
In retirement he “re-careered” earning a master of science degree from Iona College, New Rochelle, New York, in 1994 and as a licensed professional counselor, he worked in marriage and family therapy at the Catholic Charities facility, Red Bank, for nearly 20 years.
Alfred was a man of deep religious roots and was actively associated at the Church of St. Peter the Apostle, River Edge, where he served as a religious education teacher and Lector. Upon moving to Lincroft in 1973, he served at the Church of St. Leo the Great as eucharistic minister and catechist in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults process. Alfred was an original member of the chapter of Lay Franciscans (Third Order) formed at the parish incorporating the life style and following the spirit and charism of St. Francis. In 2014 he and Lucy were honored with the Lumen Christi Award for “…generosity of time and effort over many years. He will be remembered by many as a gentle man, a loving husband, dedicated father and outstanding educator.
John E. Day Funeral Home, Red Bank, was in charge of arrangements. Memorial gifts may be made in his name to Brothers of the Christian Schools, PO Box 238, Lincroft, NJ 07738.