Edward Franca Campainha passed away in the early morning hours of October 15, 2019 in Pleasant Hill, Ca. at the age of 86. Edward was born on May 25, 1933 to Antone Franca Campainha and Georgina Pavao Campainha. He was the youngest of four children all born in his family home in Hilo, Hawai’i.
Edward was predeceased by his daughter Gale Ann Gomez and son-in-law Mark Cassidy. He is survived by his beloved wife of 66 years, Mrs. Theresa Campainha, and their children Marvin Campainha, Margo Cassidy, Dale Campainha, Darren (Dorothy) Campainha and son-in-law Mike Gomez. He is also survived by his much-loved grandchildren Ashley Campainha, Chase Cassidy, Alyssa Campainha, Aysha Cassidy, Anna Campainha, Lucas Campainha, his one great granddaughter Aubrey Porep and many nieces and nephews.
Growing up in Hawai’i’, Edward attended Hilo Union School and Hilo Seventh Day Adventist Church. As a young boy, Edward helped out at the Campainha Dairy. Wanting more adventure, Edward left the big island at the age of 15 for Honolulu, Oahu. When he was 23 years old, Edward traveled from Hickam Air Force Base to Travis where he started his life on the mainland working on engines. From there, he became a welder in Shop 26 at Mare Island Naval Shipyard. In 1971, he became a general contractor owning and operating Ed Campainha Construction. Edward also worked at The Veterans Home of California for some time. Later, he founded Ed’s Plumbing and Repair. He was hard-working and had a strong work ethic. One could say he was a jack of all trades. He was able to fix just about anything.
Edward met the love of his life, Theresa Arthur, at a bus stop in front of a market in Hilo. They married on August 8, 1953, and the rest is history. Together they raised five children: Gale, Marvin, Margo, Dale and Darren. They also had an influential role in raising their eldest grandchild, Ashley. He was the most loving father and grandfather anyone could ever ask for and will be missed dearly by everyone who knew him. He is fondly remembered as a kind and generous man, always willing to lend a helping hand.
The family would like to give a special thanks to the nurses, respiratory therapist and staff at Windsor Rosewood Care Center in Pleasant Hill, Ca. They would also like to thank the doctors and staff at Kaiser Permanente of Walnut Creek. A memorial service will be held at Tulocay Chapel, 411 Coombsville Rd., Napa, Ca. on Saturday, November 2, 2019 at 11am with a reception to follow. Condolences and memories of Edward can be shared with the family online at www.tulocaycemetery.org.
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