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Obituary for Romeo Camplese

Romeo Camplese of Enfield, beloved husband of Helen (Shackelford) Camplese, passed away on January 2, 2023 at the age of 79. Romeo was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts on March 11, 1943 to Sante and Hilda (Massimi) Camplese. Romeo proudly served his country in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War. He repaired the radios on airplanes headed for Vietnam.

He met his wife while stationed in Everett, Washington. When they met, Helen thought "Romeo" was just a nickname, and when she heard the base Chaplain call him "Romeo,” she thought, "This guy must really be something, if even the Chaplain calls him "Romeo!” Romeo WAS "something" - in every aspect of his life. They became engaged 4 months later and married 11 months after that on May 21, 1966. Theirs was a truly happy marriage.

When Romeo got out of the Air Force, he immediately went to work for General Telephone of the Northwest, where he became an engineer and worked till retirement 30 years later. In his 30 years of working, he only called in sick once! He didn't receive monetary compensation or extra days off by doing this - it was just his work ethic.

Romeo enjoyed life and was never one to be idle. If he wasn't working on his Sudoku or crossword puzzles, he was busy with a project around the house. If something wasn't working, he would always figure out how to fix it! He had an interest in both Astronomy and Meteorology. He used his telescope to view astronomical events and tracked all the weather details on his two weather stations.

Romeo enjoyed traveling and was always ready to explore and see new places. He and his son Ken went on trips to places like Alaska and to Florida, where they viewed a space shuttle launch. He and Helen enjoyed taking trips as well, and always enjoyed staying at "Bed and Breakfasts".

He was into all sports - the Boston Bruins, the Patriots and of course, his beloved Red Sox.
His wife surprised him some years ago with a brick that is placed in Fenway Park in Boston that reads:

Romeo Camplese
Best Husband
Father & Grampy

The brick says it all, as Romeo's family meant everything to him. He was ALWAYS there for them to help in any way - physically or emotionally.
He was always willing to help anybody - friends, neighbors, even strangers. For years, he donated blood whenever the blood bank would call because he had a compatible blood type. On more than one occasion, he provided assistance to strangers on the road, and once at the scene of a serious car accident, risked his own safety.

Romeo just had a way about him. He always had a positive attitude, even through difficult times. He enjoyed life and people, and people liked him! He had a dry sense of humor and his joking around made people laugh. And how he loved being "Grampy" to his granddaughters Megan and Emily! They were the joy of his life. He had a very special relationship with them from the time they were little, and it remained that way even as they got older. He went to every activity they were involved in - preschool events, ballgames, swimming lessons, school concerts, ballet and music recitals. His granddaughters will always remember the yearly Christmas tradition of making Italian pizzelles with Grampy - a tradition he started with his daughter Karen and has continued with Megan and Emily since they were very little.

He made all our lives so happy.

He is predeceased by their son, Kenneth, who passed away in January, 2022. He is survived by his wife, Helen; his daughter Karen Migliaro (husband Ed) of Marlborough, and granddaughters Megan and Emily.


A private family service will be held.