Michael Charles Campbell, 69, passed away peacefully on January 20, 2021 in Virginia Beach after a short, fierce battle with cancer. Mike was born on May 3, 1951 in Corpus Christi, TX to Richard Joseph Campbell, Sr. and Beverly Jean Venezia. The founder of industrial sales company Katec, Mike had a successful business career crowned by his invention of the Aerosolv recycling system, used worldwide to recycle aerosol cans. He enjoyed the outdoors. In his younger years he would often spend his free time duck and pheasant hunting or chasing fish offshore. In more recent years a fly rod was more his speed. After retirement Mike loaded up an Airstream and drove cross country to Montana, making friends at stops along the way. He made a reputation for himself at one of the campgrounds as the man who chased a bear away from a camper’s tent. He loved his toys – cars, boats, motorcycles, fishing gear, guns, cameras, tools. A guy’s guy with a kind heart who would often perform random acts of kindness like paying for a stranger’s groceries. He always had a dog, and his yellow lab Santana was with him until the end. He resided in East Beach, Norfolk, VA where he leaves behind many caring neighbors. He found solace at his mountain house, in Stanardsville, VA where he walked the land along the stream, fished the pond and spent time in his woodshop. But mostly Mike was a fun-loving Dad, grandad, uncle, brother, and friend. He is survived by his children Chris Campbell of Los Angeles, CA, Zoe Campbell of Stanardsville, VA, and Kristen Morrisett (Sam) of Virginia Beach, VA; grandchildren Gabriel, Zane, Oscar, Raphaela, Priya; siblings Joe Campbell, Jr., Pat Campbell (Susan), Tim Campbell (Sherry), Candy Gira; aunt Anne Gimenez; cousin Robin Blanchard (John), and numerous nieces and nephews who are reminiscing about his sense of humor and exuberant laugh. Mike is predeceased by his parents and granddaughter Cidney Madison Campbell. A memorial service will be held Saturday, January 30 at 1:00 pm at Altmeyer Funeral Home Southside Chapel in Virginia Beach. Can’t attend the services in person? CLICK HERE to view the livestream. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his memory to ForKids, a charity he fondly gave to over the years by CLICKING HERE.
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