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John Joseph Campion, the serial energy technology entrepreneur whose innovations powered everything from one-night-only ...
10/06/2020
saintelizabeths.org

John Joseph Campion, the serial energy technology entrepreneur whose innovations powered everything from one-night-only concert tour stops to entire cities facing blackout conditions in the wake of natural disasters, died Friday at a hospital in New York City. He was 57. The cause was acute myeloid leukemia (AML), with which Campion had been diagnosed in 2018.
The phrase “thankful” and “one-of-a-kind” were purpose-built for Campion. Whether you were an Uber driver shuffling John to a meeting anywhere around the world, or a young Irish race car driver in need of sage advice, John treated all people with respect and appreciation for the work they did and the role they played in life. Indeed, his own life was shaped in a very special way at a very young age, teaching him that you can’t judge a book by its cover. John’s keen sense of how best to engage with an audience and contribute in a meaningful way to accomplish a common goal was felt by ambassadors, governors, mayors, fellow business leaders and heads-of-state seeking his expertise in the energy sector. John was present for everyone with whom he came in contact, no matter the circumstances, beaming with optimism and gratitude for all. He never asked anything of anyone he wasn’t prepared to do himself.
John immigrated to the United States from Cork, Ireland in 1984 with $26 in his pocket. A circuitous route and a perpetual drive to succeed led him down many paths that only an Irishman with a powerful motor could carve.
Upon his arrival in the United States, John quickly found work as a roadie for the world’s biggest rock bands, culminating in a position as an electrician on Michael Jackson’s 1987-1989 “Bad” World Tour. During his run with Jackson, he developed a portable power generation unit that would soon be the cornerstone of the first company he founded, Showpower, Inc.
Sparked by the success and ultimate sale of Showpower to General Electric, John has served in a number of leadership positions over the years with companies such as General Electric and Alstom Power Rentals. In 2004, he acquired the latter company and transformed it to become what is today known as APR Energy, a global company specializing in the rapid deployment of cost-efficient, reliable electricity. Campion retired as Executive Chairman of APR Energy in 2019, after being diagnosed with AML, but continued to serve as its Chairman thereafter.
John located APR Energy’s global headquarters in Jacksonville, Florida after spending time there in 1989, serving as a roadie for the Rolling Stones, where, he proclaimed, after spending some down time seeing Jacksonville’s beaches and neighborhoods, that if he ever had the means and ability, Jacksonville would be his home. As much as he kept a foot in New York and New Jersey, Jacksonville was home for this world-renowned impresario.
Campion’s success bred a strong philanthropic purpose. Recognizing his roots as a rock and roll roadie, he became a partner to JABOR (Just a Bunch of Roadies), a global humanitarian group comprised exclusively of the rock and roll roadies alongside whom he worked for so many years. The group was called into action to volunteer their time and talents in a post-earthquake-devastated Haiti. John, with them both physically and emotionally, shared heart and soul combined with action and problem solving, offering advice, providing necessary resources and lifting up those in need, showing how much, he appreciated a person’s contribution to the world, or in the situation at hand. John’s energy poetically lit up every moment in time like no one else could. Everyone around the world that had the chance to cross paths with his life – for a second or for a lifetime – would never forget the lasting impact he left.
In addition to his philanthropic endeavors and his global entrepreneurial success, Campion was widely renowned for having curated a rare collection of world championship race cars, which are part of the Campion Collection. The collection, and John’s passion for sharing it with the world, helped to broaden the understanding and appeal of lesser-appreciated forms of automotive racing in the United States, such as rally racing.
A true entrepreneur with an innovative spirit, John holds various patents, including two for a scalable portable modular power plant. He also has received numerous awards and recognitions, including the 2016 Ellis Island Medal of Honor, the Jacksonville Business Journal’s Ultimate CEO Award and an Honorary Degree from the University of North Florida. He has also been a featured commentator for national media outlets such as CNBC, Fox News, CBS News, Forbes, Bloomberg and others.
John’s greatest love was for his wife and life-partner in every sense of the word, Suzanne Bonnici-Campion. Theirs was a love that was truly meant to be. They were married in the Bahamas in 2013, and later by a priest in a Catholic church “just for them,” as Suzanne likes to say. Their relationship first blossomed in 1991, and like any great love story, there are twists and turns, but in the end, it is never ending. John liked to say, “we went our separate ways to build our own businesses, married other people and had the right kids, and then God brought us back together again when the time was right.”
In 2014, the Campions founded The John and Suzanne Campion Family Foundation, Inc. a charitable giving organization focused on health, education and nutrition for the underprivileged. Giving back was not only a saying for John, it was one of his life’s callings that Suzanne shared with equal passion.
Through their Foundation, the Campions sponsored children for Christmas at the Sulzbacher Center, an organization devoted to empowering homeless and at-risk women, children and men through health, housing and income services thereby restoring hope and self-sufficiency. John and Suzanne also support the Julia’s Butterfly Foundation, a charitable organization dedicated to improving the lives of terminally and chronically ill children and their families. Eva’s Village is another non-profit they support, helping to provide shelter, food, and education for homeless and needy adults and their children. John also served on the Catholic University Busch School Board of Visitors and on the board of JEA in Jacksonville.
Since his retirement, John has focused much of his energy to creating CJJ Motorsports Racing, an automotive racing team he founded in 2019 to provide support to Irish racers, enabling them to compete on the global stage against the world’s most renowned race teams. The team is an extension of CJJ Motorsports, the company John founded to manage his automotive endeavors. Individuals and teams racing under the CJJ Motorsports Racing banner includes James Roe, Jr., Matt Griffin, Nicole Drought, Craig Breen, Paul Nagel, Sean Doyle, and CJJ 191, an F1 for Schools racing team from St. Brigid’s College in Loughrea, Ireland. CJJ is the primary sponsor for Formula Female, led by Nicci Daly, and its Go Girls Karting Initiative, which introduces 1,000 young women to karting in Ireland each year. As part of the karting initiative, CJJ also sponsored Alyx Coby, a young Irish woman and rising star. John and Suzanne were also significant patrons of Team Ireland.
Since first being diagnosed, John and Suzanne liked to say God brought them many angels on earth who did all that was possible every step of the way. One angel who became very special to Suzanne and John is oncology nurse Judy Murphy.
Along with Suzanne, John leaves behind a son, Joe Campionand step-daughters, Lilah, Cate & Emma Celentano; his brother Edmund and his family, Paola, nephews Brendan, Ciaran, and Finn; his sisters-in-law, Kathy Bonnici, Janet Widmayer and husband Don, their children Emily, AJ, Hannah & Lillie; Suzanne’s brother James Bonnici & partner Anthony Pizzonia; niece Jennifer Anastasiou & husband Michael and their children Luke, Ella & Jack. John’s parents, Michael and Teresa preceded him in death.
There will be a funeral mass Friday, Oct 9th at 10:00 am at St. Elizabeth Church, Wyckoff, NJ and luncheon following. Due to limited capacity at the Church because of COVID-19 restrictions, the service will be livestreamed here: https://saintelizabeths.org/live-streaming.
There will be a celebration of Campion’s life at a future date when everyone can be safe from COVID-19 concerns.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to the John and Suzanne Campion Scholarship at the Catholic University's Conway School of Nursing honoring his trusted and caring nurse, Judy Murphy. Checks can be made payable to The Catholic University of America, include the Campion Scholarship in the memo line and Judy’s name. Mail gifts to: The Catholic University of America; Office of University Advancement, Suite E 200 Father O'Connell Hall, 620 Michigan Avenue, Washington, DC 20064.
And, no obituary for John Campion would be complete without his signature phrase that would end every meeting, call or conversation: “God Bless!”

(If you need help setting up your online giving, please contact our business manager, Jack Polito at 201-891-1122 x 202.)

Thanks, Bryan Campbell, for the great article about Tommy Byrne & for using my photographs...especially ‘Bono in the Bat...
07/31/2020
Tommy Byrne: McLaren Sabotaged My Formula 1 Test Drive And Career

Thanks, Bryan Campbell, for the great article about Tommy Byrne & for using my photographs...especially ‘Bono in the Bathroom’🤣🤣🤣

There’s no shortage of entertaining stories in his book, but I sat down to talk with Byrne over the phone about what he calls “the most important story” that didn’t make it to the movie. An event that arguably changed the course of his career.

The Mid-Ohio School
06/25/2020

The Mid-Ohio School

Instructor Spotlight: Tommy Byrne
*Picture from 2016*

A legend and inspiration for aspiring professional drivers, Tommy is a six-time European champion and made it to the pinnacle of racing in the early 1980s when he raced in Formula One. Tommy is the winningest Indy Lights driver (living) and has raced sports cars, as well as SCCA Trans-Am cars. He is also a well-regarded author, known for his autobiography, “Crashed and Byrned” which has recently been released in movie format too. He is also one of The Mid-Ohio School’s original and most versatile instructors.

Learn more: midohio.com/about/instructors

The Mid-Ohio School
06/01/2020

The Mid-Ohio School

The Mid-Ohio School is Opening June 2nd!

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Formula Female
01/03/2020

Formula Female

Formula Female
01/03/2020

Formula Female

Wow🏁🏎🏆
11/12/2019

Wow🏁🏎🏆

Sé Óg Racing
11/06/2019

Sé Óg Racing

Well what a weekend! When I got the message last week if I would be interested to go and race in the Fiesta 6 Hour Endurance Race in Mondello, the answer was obviously going to be yes! However, we had a few challenges to get passed first of all, I had to be accepted by both drivers and get my race license as I had only turned 16, David called me to explain what the race entailed and said that my team mates would be himself and Tommy Byrne both Formula one racers and that he had to come back to me after talking to Tommy. Tommy was happy to have me on board as his third driver. I was delighted.
I headed off early on Saturday morning and arrived at Mondello around 8.30am. I met up with my team and was shown the ropes for the weekend ahead. We had a team briefing to discuss the car and the strategies for Sunday’s qualifying and race. We done a few testing laps and I was very comfortable in the car. I couldn’t wait to get started on Sunday.
For qualifying on Sunday morning, we tried to do the best times that we could to keep the car in order as we knew that the car had a long way to go. We had one hour for qualifying and I was the first driver to go out, we took turns having 10-15 minutes sessions. In the first session, the track was wet, and I got to 3rd place and as the track got quicker, I started to drop to 5th place and then 7th, I was in the pits to driver change. David was up next and Tommy shortly after. We ended up qualifying 20th.
I was the first driver out of the team to race and it was a very challenging race from the beginning, racing up through everyone, but we made up a lot of the time in the pit stops, which was practiced many times on Saturday. It was going steady for the first few hours of the race getting up to 2nd and 3rd position. The difficultly started when we were trying to maintain these positions, we did have an opportunity for 1st place, until we hit a problem. We got it fixed before going out in the last change over. At this point in time it started to rain, and it was dark and all I could do was try my best and hope to turn in on the right part of then corner. However, we didn’t come home with result we wanted but overall it was a great experience and I am glad to have been involved in this event. It’s been a great learning opportunity; driving and working alongside such legends. Once again, I would like to thank David Kennedy and Tommy Byrne for letting me be part of their “Mondello F1” race team. Reflecting back, having made it to P1 from P20, for me it was an unbelievable achievement.
I would like to thank Eoin Murray, Niall Murray, Joe Murray, Jack, Sean and Sam Dolan for prepping the car for us and thanks to Todd and Peter for making us part of the weekend experience many thanks. Also,I would like to say thanks to those wished me well and those who came down to support me, much appreciated. Finally, thanks to Mondello Park for the great run of event and their hospitallity.
Sé Óg

After an amazing fight by Tommy Byrne, David Kennedy & Se Óg Martin, #30 broke a wheel stud. 4th it is...
11/03/2019

After an amazing fight by Tommy Byrne, David Kennedy & Se Óg Martin, #30 broke a wheel stud. 4th it is...

F1 Drivers Return to Mondello’s Fiesta 6 Hour Endurance Race
11/03/2019
F1 Drivers Return to Mondello’s Fiesta 6 Hour Endurance Race

F1 Drivers Return to Mondello’s Fiesta 6 Hour Endurance Race

In many ways, Mondello Park’s end of season Fiesta 6 Hour race has become one of the highpoints of the season. Always closely fought, the entry list is generally packed with some very familia…

C’mon #30!
11/03/2019

C’mon #30!

Se Óg Martin!
11/03/2019

Se Óg Martin!

Kennedy. Back in.
11/03/2019

Kennedy. Back in.

Back.
11/03/2019

Back.

Phenomenal pit crew! Maintaining top 3!
11/03/2019

Phenomenal pit crew! Maintaining top 3!

Wow😳
11/03/2019

Wow😳

The 16 year old Se Óg Martin is flying!
11/03/2019

The 16 year old Se Óg Martin is flying!

If you would like to follow Tommy Byrne, David Kennedy & Se Óg Martin, get the Race Monitor app!
11/03/2019

If you would like to follow Tommy Byrne, David Kennedy & Se Óg Martin, get the Race Monitor app!

Way to go, David Kennedy!
11/03/2019

Way to go, David Kennedy!

#30 movin’ it...
11/03/2019

#30 movin’ it...

#30 moving up! Yes, Tommy Byrne!
11/03/2019

#30 moving up! Yes, Tommy Byrne!

Race Monitor stats! Go Se Óg Martin! Tommy Byrne next!
11/03/2019

Race Monitor stats! Go Se Óg Martin! Tommy Byrne next!

11/02/2019
Irish Motorsport TV- Naas Court Hotel 6 Hour Fiesta Race

Irish Motorsport TV- Naas Court Hotel 6 Hour Fiesta Race

At the end of the racing season, Mondello Park hold a 6 Hour Endurance race for their 1.25 Zetec Class. It is hugely popular and entries have included former...

Last week's local Dundalk newspaper.
06/17/2019

Last week's local Dundalk newspaper.

Goodbye Niki Lauda - Mark Gallagher
05/31/2019
Goodbye Niki Lauda - Mark Gallagher

Goodbye Niki Lauda - Mark Gallagher

On the morning August 1st, 1976, a fan approached Niki Lauda in the Nurburgring paddock and asked him for an autograph. Niki, the reigning Champion, had […]

The Lakes of Killarney
05/31/2019
The Lakes of Killarney

The Lakes of Killarney

Celebrating 40 Years, Killarney's Rally of The Lakes is one of the worlds most scenic Rally events! The latest stop of the Irish Tarmac Rally Championship, the event pitted the top drivers against some of the best driving roads imaginable!

Goodbye Niki Lauda - Mark Gallagher
05/31/2019
Goodbye Niki Lauda - Mark Gallagher

Goodbye Niki Lauda - Mark Gallagher

On the morning August 1st, 1976, a fan approached Niki Lauda in the Nurburgring paddock and asked him for an autograph. Niki, the reigning Champion, had […]

05/24/2019
Laureus

Laureus

"Racing was my life, was my job, I’d take the chance because I like it, even though every year one or two gets killed, for me it was essential."

"I hope they say I was always straightforward. No b******* or grey areas I hate that."

Remembering the legend, Niki Lauda.

05/20/2019
Nine Lives Racing

Nine Lives Racing

New products launch. CFD wind tunnel service.

Jetsurf Waveriders
05/14/2019

Jetsurf Waveriders

5 Years ago today I was checking out the Cribbar reef, it was one of many times I checked it out wanting to score some huge waves there one way or another. I had no idea at that time that it would take 5 more years for me to ride it and that I would have been JetSurfing it (as I didn’t even know JetSurfs existed back then)! I’m happy to say that it was worth 5 years of waiting and more when I finally scored that epic session this February with @louis_jetsurf Thanks @jetsurf_waveriders @jetsurf_official @bluesoupco @jetboardlimited @jetsurfuk @jetsurfingnation @geofftydeman @nathanphotoman for your support. #jetsurf #cribbar #newquay #bbcsouthwest #bigwaves #dream #makeithappen #jetboard @ Cribbar Reef

@crashorbyrne documentary screening @gleneaglehotelkillarney May 8.  8pm. Thanks @michaelfassbender_london for the great...
05/08/2019

@crashorbyrne documentary screening @gleneaglehotelkillarney May 8. 8pm.
Thanks @michaelfassbender_london for the great graphic!
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#crashandburn #crashorbyrne #crashorbyrnedriverdevelopment #michaelfassbender

A wee bit of Jaunting in Killarney today before heading back home. It was a grand few days in 🇮🇪 with family and friends...
05/07/2019

A wee bit of Jaunting in Killarney today before heading back home. It was a grand few days in 🇮🇪 with family and friends, but it will be great to see Becky Gregg and my little boys at home (shortly). Not waking up with a hangover will be nice too as these good Irish folkes sure do keep the drinks flowing!! Oh and hot off the press, Tommy Byrne is a professional Jaunter 😂😂😂

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