Attorney, journalist, devoted husband, brother and friend George "Gerry" Campion died Nov. 14 in the company of loved ones at his home in Hoboken, N.J. He was 75.
As a reporter and lawyer, Gerry seized every opportunity to champion intellectual inquiry, social justice and the separation of right from wrong.
The youngest of four, Gerry was born on March 8, 1947 in Jersey City to Thomas F. Campion, Sr. and Genevieve Schantz Campion. He spent his early years in Nutley, Maplewood and Newark prior to settling in Springfield.
From there, the teenaged Gerry boarded a train each morning for the hour-long journey to Manhattan's Xavier High School.
Steeped in the written word, the Jesuit education nurtured an embrace of classic literature, Latin and philosophy that sustained Gerry throughout life.
Following graduation, Gerry ventured to the Bronx to earn an undergraduate degree in Philosophy from Fordham College (now University), a prelude to his studies at the Institut d’Études Politiques in Paris, from which he received the Certificat d’Études Politiques in 1971.
Gerry turned to journalism upon returning from France.
His work as the lead reporter on a series exploring the decimating poverty and crime on the West Side of Asbury Park garnered a 1982 New Jersey Press Association Enterprise Reporting Award for the Asbury Park Press.
The subsequent coverage of state and federal courts inspired the mid-career course correction that resulted in his earning a Juris Doctor, Magna Cum Laude, from the Seton Hall University School of Law in 1988.
Gerry in his second career specialized in civil litigation with the nation's oldest law firm - Rawe & Henderson.
He also mentored young attorneys as a member of the New Jersey Brennan Inn of Court, named for the former New Jersey and U.S. Supreme Court Justice William Brennan.
The Brennan Inn of the Court in Gerry's memory has established the biennial George G. Campion Award to honor a young attorney who exemplifies professionalism, integrity and commitment to the high standards of the legal community.
Gerry as a friend and professional bettered many lives.
The trajectory of his own was forever altered in 2004 when, a dozen years after their meeting in the Hamptons, Gerry at last summoned the nerve to ask Stela Maria Ferraz-Alvim, also a lawyer and now a public servant, on a date.
Gerry and his Brazilian bride were married June 25, 2005.
No longer Gerry, he became "Gerry, My Love."
And for 17 years shared a love of fine food, wine, art, travel and - above all - one another.
In addition to Stela and countless friends, Gerry is survived by brothers Thomas F. (Virginia) Campion, Jr. of Morristown, N.J., Robert E. (Deana) Campion of Montclair, N.J and Mary Jane Altmiller of Vienna, Va. along with nieces and nephews on both the Campion and Ferraz-Alvim sides of the family.
A visitation and memorial service will be held on January 1, 2023 from 1-4PM at the Hugh M. Moriarty Funeral Home, 76 Park St., Montclair, N.J. The memorial mass will be held at The Student Chapel at Xavier High School, on January 2nd at 1PM.
In lieu of flowers, Gerry's family asks that donations be made to Xavier High School:
Xavier High School