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“A year? It can't be a year already since your tormented body gave up the fight and let you rest comfortably for the first time since you were a...Read More »
1 of 23 | Posted by: Gidget Campbell - Albuquerque, NM

“I know you know that your 60th was celebrated by some really neat people in several states yesterday, Lot's of tequila passed through lots of lips...Read More »
2 of 23 | Posted by: Momma Bear - Albuquerque, NM

“I worked with Gidget at the LaMarque Times newspaper and she became like a big sister to me. I met Tommy when he would come to the office to see...Read More »
3 of 23 | Posted by: Donna Hopkins - Alvin, TX

“While true friends may leave the area, they never leave your heart. Gidget, Carol and I are so very sorry for your loss and so very thankful that...Read More »
4 of 23 | Posted by: Rick and Carol Witt - Mineola, TX

“I met Tommy when he was with Richard Witt and Earnie Wells in the Music Convention. What a great guy with an insightful sense of.humor. A bit later...Read More »
5 of 23 | Posted by: Rick Mahaffey - Katt, TX

“Tommy was an old friend, as was the family from many years ago. We move on, but our memories bring us back many times throughout our lives. Tommy...Read More »
6 of 23 | Posted by: Janet "Thomas" Johnson - TX

“Papa Bear, It is hard to believe that a month has gone by since I last kissed you and promised to hug the grandbabies for you as I left for Denver...Read More »
7 of 23 | Posted by: Momma Bear - Albuquerque, NM

“Tommy will always be remembered for his sheer determination in everything he tackled! He was liked by everyone! Really enjoyed his drumming!!! Did...Read More »
8 of 23 | Posted by: TessaJo (Day) Vowels - Belle, MO

“Being a part of the Morris family since I was 15, I knew Tommy as the drummer in Gordon's band. I never told Tommy, but he was amazing to me. He was...Read More »
9 of 23 | Posted by: Jean Morris - New Braunfels, TX

“To the best Drummer ever.I remember well Tommy and the Morris brothers up on the stage at Southmore jr. high in Pasadena in 8th grade playing WIPEOUT...Read More »
10 of 23 | Posted by: David Wharton - Pasadena, TX

“I just want to leave my best for the whole family. ”
11 of 23 | Posted by: Ron Starbuck

“I never knew Tommy very well but I do know that he and his lovely wife Gidget are responsible for raising one of my favorite people on this earth... ...Read More »
12 of 23 | Posted by: anna woltman - family friend

“My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, dear Gidget. I hope you will find comfort in the wonderful love and years of married and family...Read More »
13 of 23 | Posted by: Anne E. Lowden Gilpin - NM

“At the end of the day a man is judged by his kindness towards others...Tommy was the kindest gentleman i have ever met. Rest in Peace Tommy. My...Read More »
14 of 23 | Posted by: Mark Fitzgerald - Los Alamos, NM

“It is so nice to read how Tommy touched peoples lives. Charles remembers Tommy as a little brother, I remember him as a good friend. Gidget we were...Read More »
15 of 23 | Posted by: Regina & Charles Minton - TX

“Larry ~ to you and all your family, my most sincere condolences. Can't remember if I ever met your dad or not - but after reading this touching...Read More »
16 of 23 | Posted by: Kristen S. - Denver, CO

“I always had the sense of Tommy that he was fully present, right here right now. His honesty, courage, openness and sincerity inspired the same and...Read More »
17 of 23 | Posted by: Edward Halloran - Houston, TX

“Tommy was an amazing person. I loved how he laughed and loved. He was always there to help out his neighbor, Sheri. Truly a sweetheart and a gifted...Read More »
18 of 23 | Posted by: Sheri Doty - "Girl" friend

“There are so many stories! Way too many to share but I will start with what I feel are the most important ones. When I got married my father had died...Read More »
19 of 23 | Posted by: Linda Daigle - Beaumont, TX

“When I was growing up I didn't realize that Tommy was "special"'. Mom and Dad always treated him just like me and Charley, and got in trouble just...Read More »
20 of 23 | Posted by: Cindy Brinkley - Elkhart, TX

“Growing up, Tommy and I shared a common bond that two boys with a common dis...ability could equally understand.. For when we were together we would...Read More »
21 of 23 | Posted by: John Hartman - Pasadena, TX

“Gidget & Family, I don't know if you've heard the story or not, but knowing Carolyn, you probably did at one point. When Dennis was born, in 1966,...Read More »
22 of 23 | Posted by: Sherrye Coleman - Pearland, TX

“On behalf of the French Family of Companies we express our deepest condolences. ”
23 of 23 | Posted by: Dave Slaten and the rest of the French Family


CAMPBELL - Thomas McKay Campbell, 59, died at home in Albuquerque October 1st, 2010 due to complications from post-polio syndrome. Born February 6th, 1951, in Houston, he was stricken with both paralytic and bulbar forms of polio at the age of 13 months, and was never expected to survive the disease. Tommy credited his parents, Charles and Carolyn Campbell, for raising him to be as self-sufficient as his condition would allow. Doctors said he would never live past infancy, go to school, or live a “normal” life. He didn’t. He defied all medical odds, surviving the initial onslaught of polio, and was poster child 1954-55 for the Easter Seal Campaign in Harris County. As part of his physical therapy, his parents got his first drum set at age 12. In 1970, “TC” graduated from Sam Rayburn High in Pasadena, TX, grew his hair to his waist, and hit the road as a rock and roll drummer throughout the Gulf Coast area for the next 20 years. Often performing in body casts and braces, he worked with several popular bands during his career, including: Music Convention;Liberty; Liberty Bros., and the Bird Dogs. He, with the Liberty Bros., recorded the first album ever produced at Gilley’s Studio in Pasadena and opened for, or performed with, a wide range of artists in the Houston area. Johnny Lee, Mickey Gilley, David Allen Coe, Bloodrock, and Nazareth are among them. His band auditioned to open for that Little Ole Band from Texas, Z Z Top, on their first national tour, but promoters were hesitant to book another trio. He met Gidget Giffen in Nacogdoches, TX and they married in 1975, making League City their first home. Of all Tommy’s incredible and unlikely accomplishments, he was proudest of his sons, Larry and David. In 1983 the family moved to Albuquerque, and declining health forced retirement from the music business. He joyfully changed his title from Drummer to Dad, and become a full time father, active in school activities with his boys. In addition to his wife and sons, Tommy is survived by his new daughter in law, Jessica, and his grandchildren; Jack, Zachary, and Samantha. Other survivors include his older brother, Charley Campbell, and wives Vicki and Kathy; his little sister Cindy Brinkley and husband Ronald; sisters by choice, Hilde Fitzgerald, Linda Daigle, Sally Bertand and their extended families; and more friends and admirers than he ever realized. A celebration of Tommy’s remarkable life will be held at French ~ Westside Chapel 9300 Golf Course Rd NW, at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, October 23rd with a reception following. Per his request, cremation has taken place “so the geeks won’t be a’gawkin’ at me after I’m gone.” The family extends sincerest appreciation and gratitude to Sandy Gonzales, our angel, for being there; Presbyterian Hospice Services, and Dr. Robin Tuchlar and staff, especially Nancy. Donations to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 4004 Carlisle NE, Suite B, Albuquerque, NM 87107 or the American Cancer Society, 10501 Montgomery Blvd. NE, Suite 300, Albuquerque, NM 87111 would be appreciated by the family.