Harold “Keith” Campbell, 96, of Quesnel, British Columbia, passed away in his sleep early in the morning of Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at Dunrovin Park Lodge while next to his wife Enid.
Keith was born November 18, 1920 to Harold Baldwin “Murphy” Campbell and Florence Emily Campbell née Nahu in New Westminster, BC. On June 27, 1947 he married Vivienne “Enid” Dudley in Vancouver BC before the couple moved to Quesnel.
Keith was a motorcyclist, carpenter, talented artist, and pilot in his beloved Fleet Canuck. Keith was actively involved in Quesnel Search & Rescue and Civil Defence, the Flying Club, the Cariboo Real Estate Board, Toastmasters, and square dancing. In Keith’s earlier years, he was active in wrestling and weightlifting, winning the BC amateur Weightlifting Championship in his weight class for 1940. He provided coaching in those disciplines to many of Quesnel’s young men during the 40’s and 50’s through the Quesnel Decathlon Club.
Keith began his career as a construction, shipyard, and ironworker in North Vancouver and then Quesnel before moving into a career in real estate. Keith spent his final professional years working as Building Inspector for the City of Quesnel. Keith was known for his adventurous spirit and charming personality until the end of his life and will be dearly missed by his family and many friends.
He is survived by his wife Enid, his sister Doris Hart (Atchison) née Campbell of North Vancouver, brother-in-law Leonard Carroll Dudley of North Vancouver and sister-in-law Eunice Gryschuk of Kamloops; his children Dana Ballantyne (Wayne), Dawn McDonald (Allan), and Eric Campbell (Pam); his 12 grandchildren: Loni, Jimmy, and Dave Baldwin, Jesse and Joel Ballantyne, Marisa Nightingale (John), Alex McDonald (Jaime Laidlaw), Elena McDonald (Emmanuel Potvin), Frances McDonald, Alissa King, Lauren and Jackson Campbell, Riley King (Karissa), Janelle and Callie Schut, and 7 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his daughter Linda Baldwin, niece Kathy Atchison, and brother-in-law Steve Gryschuk.
The family would like to thank all of the Quesnel Home Support staff along with Long Term Care Assessor Debbie Dinsdale, Dr Grace Martins, Dr J Fine and the Quesnel geriatric team, along with the nursing staff at Dunrovin Park Lodge for all of their loving care and attention to keeping Keith safe and comfortable in his last years.
A Memorial Service will be held at St. John the Divine Anglican Church on Sunday April 23 at 2:00pm. A reception will be held in the hall following the ceremony.