April 3, 2017
Enrico Philip Campi, 56, of Greensburg, varsity tennis coach at Saint Vincent College for more than three decades, passed away unexpectedly at his home on Friday, March 31.
He was born Sept. 30, 1960, in Charleroi, a son of Silvia Pace Campi and the late Dr. Philip Campi.
Campi graduated from Charleroi High School, earned an associate degree in business management from Westmoreland County Community College and a bachelor of arts degree in history from Saint Vincent College in 1984.
Campi was honored with the Volvo tennis coaches collegiate community service award in 1988 and he also received other honors including the Westmoreland County Community College outstanding student alumni award, the Allegheny Mountain Organization of the Year Award, U.S.P.T.A. Coach of the Year, Middle States Tennis Service Award and the U.S.P.T.A. National Industry Action Committee Award for Teaching Service.
He was a member and past president of the United States Tennis Association’s Allegheny Mountain chapter.
A top player on the Bearcat varsity tennis team while in college, he served as head men’s tennis coach at Saint Vincent College for 33 years and also coached the women’s team from 1985 to 1992.
Campi’s most memorable honor was being inducted into the Saint Vincent College Athletic Hall of Fame on Sept. 12, 2015. Membership in the Hall of Fame is granted to those who played athletics in an athletic role at Saint Vincent and have demonstrated loyalty to the college and have distinguished themselves in their service to their career, their family and their community.
A member of the Saint Vincent Alumni Association and the Saint Vincent Heritage Society, he was a volunteer for the annual Bearcat Open and for the mid-winter tennis classic at the Greensburg Racquet Club.
“Enrico was a longtime member of the Saint Vincent community,” commented Rev. Myron Kirsch, O.S.B., Saint Vincent College athletic director. “He touched the lives of so many of our athletes for more than three decades and his dedication and service to both Saint Vincent and the sport of tennis was unmatched.”
He was a manager of tennis, head teaching professional and national tennis referee at the Greensburg Racquet Club.
Campi’s zest for life with family and friends included his love for poolside grilling, swimming activities, playing pinball, fly-fishing, skiing, tennis, golf, music, boating and going to the beach.
In addition to his mother, Campi is survived by his wife of 30 years, Molly; and daughter, Cassandra, of Greensburg, who was the joy of his life; a sister, Caterina (Dr. Brian) Kavanagh, of Greenwich, Connecticut; brother-in-law, Michael Wesner (Kelly), of Medina, Ohio; nephews, Brendan Kavanagh, Jack, Joe and Jim Wesner; and niece, Christina Kavanagh; father and mother-in-law, Dr. and Mrs. John Wesner of Greensburg; along with special cousins and friends who he always considered family.
He was a member of Saint Vincent Basilica Parish.
A gathering of family and friends will be held from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Kepple-Graft Funeral Home, 524 N. Main St., Greensburg. A funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Saint Vincent Basilica, 300 Fraser Purchase Road, Latrobe, PA 15650. Everyone please go directly to the church.
Campi’s family requests no flowers be sent and memorials in his memory be made to the Saint Vincent College Athletic Department, 300 Fraser Purchase Road, Latrobe, PA 15650. For online condolences and information, please visit www.kepplegraft.com.
Photo: Enrico P. Campi