Philanthropist Bobby Campbell’s legacy

Boca Raton philanthropist Bobby Campbell left his largesse all over Boca Raton.

The self-made BBC International shoe business mogul died Monday. He was 82. Services will be held in Boca Raton and New York City.

Campbell left his mark from Florida Atlantic University to the city’s historical society and Connected Warriors for wounded veterans.

“If he saw a need in our community, he filled it. If he saw a place that he could help, he helped. If he saw an organization that he could make a difference in, he made it,” said auctioneer Neil Saffer. Campbell’s last public appearance was at the OPAL Awards Saffer co-chaired in January. The Rotary Club of Boca Raton honored Campbell as the event’s presenting sponsor.

FAU president Dr. John Kelly presented him with an honorary doctorate in 2017. He considered Campbell not only a benefactor, but an inspiration for students. “I’m especially glad that he agreed to speak at the ceremony, so that our students could hear first-hand about how this self-made man built his business,” Kelly said on his blog.

The Campbells supported “Keep Memories Alive” walk, benefiting FAU’s Louis and Anne Green Memory and Wellness Center. In 2016, the Campbells gave $5 million to create the Bobby and Barbara Campbell Academic Success Center in the Schmidt Family Complex for Academic and Athletic Excellence.

Bobby Campbell, center front, in May 2019. Photo by Stevan Brenner

Campbell’s renown generosity extended to the Boca Raton Historical Society & Museum. He and wife had hosted a vintner dinner for the upcoming fundraiser Boca Bacchanal for 18 years.

Campbell also briefly attended the last Connected Warriors gala here.

A visitation is 4 to 8 p.m. tonight, Wednesday Feb. 19, at Glick Funeral Home, 3600 N. Federal Highway. A Mass will be held at 9:30 a.m. Thursday Feb. 20 in St. Ambrose Church, 380 Federal Highway, Deerfield Beach.

In New York, a viewing will be held Friday, Feb. 21, at the Greenwich Village Funeral Home from 3 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. A funeral mass will follow on Saturday, Feb. 22, 10 a.m., at St. Ignatius Loyola Church, 980 Park Ave. at 84th Street.

Campbell is survived by his wife, Barbara Zangrilli, children Robert Campbell Jr., Dana Campbell and Seth Campbell, and five grandchildren.

By Marci Shatzman


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