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Edward S. Campion Sr. dies at 89

Edward S. Campion Sr., former chairman of the board of the Salinas, CA-based Grower-Shipper Association of Central California, died Monday, Jan. 10 in Salinas. He was 89 years old.

Mr. Campion was born in Chicago and lived in Salinas for the past 64 years. He began his career in produce with the A&P Co. before joining the Lewis Tervin Co. in 1946.

After several years, he and six other employees purchased the company and renamed the firm Merit Packing Co. After 40 years in the produce business, he sold the company and retired in 1979.

Mr. Campion served as chairman of the board of Grower-Shipper Association of Central California in 1953-54. In addition to his involvement in the association, he was a member of the Sacred Heart parish, Knights of Columbus and Salinas Golf & Country Club. He also was a Navy World War II veteran and one of three inaugural inductees into the DePaul University basketball Hall of Fame.

Mr. Campion was married 48 years to his wife, Frances, who preceded him in death. His survivors include four daughters, a son and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

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