Born in Fitchburg, Massachusetts. He dropped out of school during the depression to take a job at a roller skating rink. His career developed as he became a skating teacher, manager and eventually owner. At one time he owned nine rinks in Kentucky. Married to Kay Stevens in 1980. They have two daughters. He has four sons from previous marriages. Resident of Louisville, Kentucky.
At one time he had a stamp collection and was a small stamp dealer in Fitchburg. He began to collect coins in the 1950's. His collection of pattern coins was sold at auction by The American Auction Association Inc May 19-20, 1972. In 1969 he began to seriously collect literature. His literature collection is excellent in quantity and quality.
Champa consigned duplicate literature to several sales. He served as vice president and president of the Numismatic Bibliomania Society.
He suffered a stroke while driving to work on 1/28/1997 and did not recover. He died in Louisville, Kentucky.
bio by correspondence, 1991 obit: CW 3/24/1997, NN 3/25/1997
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Armand Champa's photographic record of a visit to the Champa library in 1988. Included are many of the prominent numismatic book collectors of the era.