Andy Campanaro, former Adk. Journal columnist, dies in Fla.

Andy Ray Campanaro: Aug. 17, 1943 — June 2, 2012

— At the age of 43, he went back to school to continue studies in writing and literature at the University of Central Florida, with a goal of writing a book. In 1989 he earned a Master’s Degree and the next year, published the novel “Candle in the Rain.”

Besides his parents, Campanaro is predeceased by his sister Patricia Frazier and son Angelo Campanaro. He is survived by his daughters Janie Lee Campanaro-Burnham and Monica Lynn Campanaro-Potter — both of of Lake Luzerne; his son Scott James Campanaro of Colorado Springs, Colo.; and his grandchildren Renee Burnham, Alesha Burnham, Zackery Potter, Brandon Potter and Connor Campanaro.

In later years, Campanaro represented AA as a recovered alcoholic, speaking at various gatherings, organizing AA groups, sponsoring many members. Also, he was a motorcycle enthusiast, riding with the AMA 200 family riding club.

Campanaro’s primary interests in life were writing, rock ‘n roll, women and motorcycles, his daughters said this week.

Campanaro’s latest book, “Another World, Another Time (2005) focusing on his upbringing in Chestertown, may still be available through local stores.

Donations in Campanaro’s memory may be made to Halifax Health Hospice of Volusia/Flagler.

Campanaro’s daughters are planning to have his remains returned to Brant Lake and buried in a local cemetery, adjacent to where his mother and father are buried.

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