Matthew Philip Campione, M.D. Meriden- Matthew P. Campione, M.D., FACS, 81 of Meriden, died unexpectedly and peacefully Sunday, October 29, 2006. Beloved husband of A. Lee Scowen Campione and adored father of Annis Karpenko (Steve), Catherine Stein (Joel), Martha Maksym (Bill), Christine Collins (Dennis). Dr. and Mrs. Campione celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in January, 2006. Born in New York City in 1925 to the late Peter Campione and the late Christina Caruso, Dr. Campione served in the U.S. Army from 1943- 1946. He moved to Meriden in 1966 and was a founding partner of CBS Surgical Group and chief-of-staff at Meriden-Wallingford Hospital from 1977- 1982. He retired from CBS in 1990 after being in private surgical practice in Meriden, Wallingford and Cheshire for 35 years. He was a member of Meridian Lodge # 77, A.F. & A.M. He served on the board of directors of Masonicare and Masonic Healthcare Center. He was made an honorary 33rd degree Mason in September 2000. In 2005 he was honored with the Crystal Obelisk Award from the MidState Medical Center in recognition of his distinguished contribution to the advancement of healthcare delivery systems in his community. In addition to his wife and children, Dr. Campione is survived by his wonderful grandchildren, Jenna, Alta, Abigail, Cordelia, Hillary, Jessye, Benjamin, Alissa and Logan. Also survived by his sister Catherine Zamparelli of Long Island and many loved nephews and nieces. Dr. Campione was predeceased by his sisters Josephine, Mary, Carmella and his brother Michael. The Funeral Service will b held in St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, Meriden on Wedesday, November 1, 2006 at 3 P.M. In lieu Calling hours, Please join the family after the funeral service at the Augusta Curtis Cultural Center across Main Street, in Meriden. from 4:30 to 6:30 P.M. Arrangements with BEECHER AND BENNETT - FLATOW FUNERAL HOME, 48 Cook Ave., Meriden. Memorial donations may be made to the Masonic Charity Foundation, P.O. Box 70, Wallingford, CT 06492 or Midstate Medical Center, 435 Lewis Ave., Meriden, Ct 06451.

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  1. Dear Lee and family, The loss of Dr. Campione is one this whole community shares with you. We will miss his attentiveness and gentle quality. You remain in my thoughts and prayers.

  2. Dear Lee and Family, We are so sorry to hear about Matt’s passing He was such a gentle man and a great host and friend. We will miss him very much. Our love and sympathy to you and your family. Love, Tom & Elizabeth Greene

  3. Dear Lee and family, While away, I have learned of Matt’s passing and wanted you to know you have my heartfelt sympathy and condolence. His body of work, in whatever form it took, was exemplary; but I will always remember Matt as a good man, one who believed and lived that it is always better to give than to receive.Very sincerely, Jim Pellegrino

  4. Dear Lee and Family: Our hearts are broken with the news of Matt’s passing. He and you, were like members of our extended family. Our love, sympathy, and prayers are with you and the entire family.

  5. Dear Lee and family; We were very saddened and sorry to hear the news of Matt’s passing. He was a great surgeon and wonderful person. He will be missed by all who knew him. We send our deepest sympathy to Lee and his entire family. Kyum & Gail Pyun

  6. I knew Dr. Campione as a gentle, gracious man with a warm smile, great patience and fine taste. At a buffet at Ashlar Village he would bypass the chocolate-dipped strawberries to reach for a fig–a fresh fig–and his appreciation of the discovery would extend to an alert to Lee. He knew what was good–and his beloved Lee seems the perfect example. I remember him also as an accommodating professional, and, as it turned out, one with a lot of heart. Years ago when I was asked to do a slide show for the annual medical staff dinner at the Village, I chose to work with the John Leno ballad, .Love,. as background and sought to photograph physicians I knew would be present. I asked each if he/she would pose with a resident the next time he/she was at Masonic Home & Hospital. When I talked with Matt, he agreed easily and then asked with whom I wanted him photographed. .Someone who is a favorite,. I replied, knowing that this usually produced a pleasing chemistry on the screen. His answer was, .They’re all my favorites.. His passing will leave a huge void among those who loved him, and this comes to extend sincere sympathy to Lee and their family.

  7. I was very saddened to hear about Matt’s passing. He was a very knowledgeable and well liked surgeon. He will be missed by all. My deepest sympathy to you and your family. Desi Arce, M.D.

  8. Lee and family, I was so sorry to hear about Matt’s passing. He was a great supporter of the city, especially its hospital and cultural offerings. I will keep all of you in my prayers. Sincerely, Ralph Tomaselli

  9. To the family, Dr. Campione treated my mother with much compassion and dignity when she was ill with cancer over 20 years ago and for that I have always been very grateful. I was saddened to learn of his passing. He was a good man who truly cared. With sincere sympathy, Kimberly Thurston

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