In Memory of
Raymond Joseph Campion "Ray"

Raymond Joseph Campion (“Ray”), age 86, passed away peacefully at his home in Houston, Texas on August 25, 2022 following a lengthy illness.  He was preceded in death by his parents, siblings, and wife Victoria.  Ray Campion was born in Elizabeth, New Jersey, on June 30, 1936, grew up in Harrison, New Jersey, and married Victoria Ann Ciociola on June 20, 1959. Together they raised four children:  Raymond James, Mary Kathryn, Victoria Margaret, and Michael Bryan.  

Ray attended St. Benedict’s Preparatory School in Newark, New Jersey.  He received his undergraduate degree in Chemistry from St. Peter’s College in Jersey City, NJ, in 1957, and his doctorate in Chemistry from Washington University at St. Louis in 1963.  After post-doctorate work at Brookhaven National Labs in Long Island, New York, Raymond built a career as a researcher and chemist, and as the Environmental Conservation Coordinator for Exxon.  After retiring from Exxon, he lectured and managed the Mikey Leland Foundation, at the University of Texas Medical Center. 
Ray was a loving father who sought to enrich the lives of his children and grandchildren.  He passed along his love for the symphony and the arts to his children.  Ray was also passionate about college and professional basketball and baseball, and he always found time to support his children’s extra-curricular activities and education.

Ray‘s love for adventure was evident when he applied to be a contestant on The Amazing Race.  He often took his family snow-skiing, white water rafting and trout fishing. They also visited New Jersey to see family and swim at the Shore, as well as to Florida to attend Shuttle launches.  Ray eventually managed to visit places like England, France, Ireland, Italy, Russia, Singapore, and Vietnam in his personal itinerary. His renaissance-like propensities made him an impressively interesting person who believed in good people and fostered long-term loving relationships with persons in all walks of life. His quick wit, smile, and acceptance of differences endeared him to many.

Ray is survived by his son Raymond, daughter-in-law Melissa and grandsons Stephen and Eric of Rockledge, Florida; daughter Mary Kathryn and son-in-law Steve Liston of Houston, Texas; daughter Victoria Campion and granddaughter Chrissy Nielsen of Spring, Texas; and son Michael and daughter-in-law Natalia of League City, Texas.  

Ray will be interred at Holy Cross Cemetery in North Arlington, New Jersey where he will join his wife Vicky.   In lieu of flowers, please consider making donations to Northwest Assistance Ministries, 1555 Kuykendahl Rd., Houston Texas 77090, directed to the Victoria A. Campion Endowment Fund.  Online donation may be made at  


Message from
Michael Farrelly
Mon, 09/05/2022

Always have such fond memories of Uncle Ray. He was a true gentleman and wish the distance between us and our families didn't prevent spending more time together. He will be greatly missed.