Comtronics Founder Dies
May 5, 2008
Philip Campau Sr. didn’t need to continue working after he sold his company in 1999 but went to the office three days a week anyway.
“He loved it purely because he loved to do it,” said his son John Campau, president and chief executive officer of Comtronics, the Jackson based security and communications company Philip Campau founded in 1958.
Philip Campau, 71, died in his sleep Friday after a late night spent working on his Jackson home.
“He pushed himself too far,” said his wife, Temis.
It was a last show of perseverance by a persevering man, his family said.
Campau started Comtronics in his basement, making good on a long-stated goal of owning his own business. Now, Comtronics, which primarily installs and monitors burglar alarms, serves about 40,000 customers. It operates in nine states, employs about 100 and maintains 12 locations.
Campau sold his interest in the company to his son and three others almost 10 years ago, but remained active in its operations, running its information technology department until his death, John Campau said. “He was very involved.
This year, Comtronics is celebrating its 50th year in business, the same year Campau and his wife celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.
The two meet as teenagers while Temis Campau, a Mexico City native, was a foreign-exchange student in the Detroit area in the 1950s.
She never returned to live in Mexico, and the couple moved to Jackson shortly after they were married.
“We just had a great, great love,” Temis Campau said. “Phil and I were like soul mates. We had different interests.
“I didn’t care about short-wave radio like he did, but we had a bond.”
She called him committed to spiritual growth, resourcefulness and stable.
“He was very intelligent, very tenacious and very patient and, for me, that is the perfect combination to be successful,” Said John Campau, who traveled with his father, a devout Catholic, to Rome for his 70th birthday.
He always had wanted to visit the city, his son said.
In addition to his wife and son, Campau is survived by his sons, Philip Campau Jr. and Joseph Campau, and 12 grandchildren.
A prayer service is planned at 9:30 a.m. at Desnoyer Funeral Home, 204 N. Blackstone St., followed by a mass at St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church, 116 E. Wesley St.
The family will greet friends from 2 to 4 p.m. at the funeral home.