Joseph Percy Campbell, 41

FRAMINGHAM – The legendary kind and thoughtful Joseph “Joe” Percy Campbell of Framingham in the great Commonwealth of Massachusetts, died at home in Framingham after a wonderful life, and a long battle with cancer (go get those colonoscopies please!) on Saturday, July 8, 2017.

Joe was born in Boston on the day of the quip, the 14th of February 1976.

An introverted Aquarius, who could land the best joke or observation leaving the room howling and walk away like he had not been interested at all. He was much loved by his friends and family. He never hesitated to help someone in need.

He was classically trained at the Boston Conservatory of Music in Trumpet and French Horn. He had a wonderful ear for music. He loved music and painting, both gave him solace after his diagnosis.

He worked alongside his father, grandfather and uncles at Campbell Supply in Wellesley where he made friends with what were “technically” clients, but really his friends. Working with his father and grandfather every day was one of his great joys of his life.

He leaves behind his loving wife and best friend of 20 years, Tiffany (Ellis) Campbell, and his 6 year old son James Dylan Campbell of Framingham, his grandmothers Phyllis (Gallinelli) Campbell of Weston, MA and Irene (Mullarkey) Ganssle of Nanuet and Brooklyn, NY, his mother and father Irene (Ganssle) and James Campbell of Holliston, his brother and sister in law, Mathew and Veronica (Travaglione) Campbell of  Framingham, and his sister Molly Campbell and boyfriend in law Gregory Palmer of Dorchester, MA. Joe adored being an Uncle and was called most appropriately Jungle Joe by Mason and Harper Lewis of Denver, Colorado and Emma and William Mitchell of Golden, Colorado. Joe gathered much joy from his newest nephews Louis and Samuel Campbell of Framingham. He leaves behind a great many uncles,  aunts and cousins who he dearly loved.  Joe will join his two grandfathers Joseph Campbell and George Ganssle in the stars.

He loved reading non-fiction, mashed potatoes, Chinese food, The Isle of Capri, Bob Dylan, Bach, making up silly songs with people’s names, bald eagles, kitties, painting and drawing, mowing his lawn, sitting along the Sudbury River and sitting on a porch listening to music with his dearest friend Matthew Romeling.

But most of all, he loved his friends and family, especially his son Jimmy who was the absolute joy of his life. Painting with Jimmy, reading to or as of this spring being read to by Jimmy, or just watching his mighty spirit, Joe reveled in his son and all he has already achieved at the awesome age of 6. He was so proud of him he did not want to leave him.

Family and Friends will honor and remember Joe’s life by gathering for visiting hours in the McCarthy, McKinney & Lawler Funeral Home, 11 Lincoln St., Framingham on Thursday, July 13 from 4 to 8 p.m.

His funeral service and interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, please tell someone you love them and be a bit kinder, and if you can make a donation to Summit Montessori in his  name at the following link:


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Framingham Source Editor Susan Petroni

Susan Petroni Framingham Source Editor Email: Phone: 508-315-7176

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