In the early, peaceful hours of August 29, 2019, Louis Sergio Campagnola, at the age of 91, was reunited with his eternal companion. His surviving children, Gary (Debbie) Campagnola, Diane (Kerry) O’Bray, Christine (Doran) Anderson, son-in-law Gord Jones, 11 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren grieve our temporary loss of association with him, but are filled with joy that he is reunited with his wife Elizabeth, daughter Judy Jones, son Kevin Campagnola, daughter-in-law Pat Campagnola, and grandson Bradley O’Bray.
Lou was born in Treviso, Italy on February 18, 1928 and at the age of 2, along with his mother Elena Fenato Campagnola and two brothers, Gino and Aldo, joined their father, Giosue Campagnola in Ontario, where they made their home. A sister, Clara, joined the family a few months later. He met Elizabeth Couch at a movie theater and it was love at first sight. Several years after they were married, a joining of religious beliefs occurred when they were converted to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. They spent many years in Ontario raising their family and serving in the Church, and in 1976 fulfilled Lou’s lifelong dream of being closer to the mountains and moved to Lethbridge. After Lou retired from a career in plumbing, he and his wife served a mission for the Church in Salt Lake at the Family History Center. They loved 18 months of serving the Lord and building wonderful friendships with other senior missionaries.
Lou was adventurous, bold, and had a zeal for life that was exemplified in everything he did, including hitch hiking from Ontario to B.C. when he was 18 years old. His greatest passions were gardening and sharing his testimony of the gospel. His example of a hard work ethic, thrift, and tenderness and compassion for his wife in her declining health, are a legacy that has served his family well. Grandchildren fondly remember his love of nature and being able to take anything and make it useful. They were often a part of his discoveries and creativity.
A funeral to honour his legacy will be held on Saturday, September 7 at 11:00 am with an opportunity for friends and associates to meet with family from 10:00 am – 10:45 am. The service will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Copperwood Chapel.