Obituary of Harold Campbell
Aged 82, passed away peacefully on Monday, October 30, 2023, surrounded by his loving family.
Born in Glace Bay, NS in 1941, Harold Joseph Campbell was known for his remarkable kindness and gentle spirit. One of seven children born to Alexander and Ella Campbell, Harold loved his family. Survived by Elaine Churney and Lorne (Linda Campbell), and predeceased by his beloved siblings Alexander, Wally, Sandra, and Delores. He also cherished his many nieces and nephews, especially niece and goddaughter, Fran Martin, whom he shared a close bond. Harold often fondly reminisced about his childhood on Steele's Hill, sharing laughter and cherished memories.
In 1964, Harold met his love and lifelong partner, Ann (MacNeil), at a local dance. Their enduring love stood the test of time, and together they celebrated 55 beautiful years. Embraced by Ann’s parents and siblings Michelle (Donnie Campbell), Phyllis (Dwight Smith) and predeceased by Neil, and Roddy, Harold found joy in his extended family. Together, Harold and Ann were blessed with a daughter, Shauna Leigh (Guindon), who was the apple of his eye and held a special place in his heart. His granddaughters, Sara Monet (17) and Sophia (14), brought him immense joy with their soccer, volleyball, and piano performances during his visits to Dallas. Always the playful guy, he would tell his only son-in-law Patrick that he was his favorite, but he was the son he never had.
A devoted husband, father, uncle, son, and cherished friend, Harold's jovial spirit brightened the lives of those around him. He was known for his love of music and his spirited dance moves, a testament to his vibrant personality. His nurturing touch was evident in his meticulously tended backyard, where a thriving garden and small greenhouse reflected his green thumb. Harold’s passion for cars launched a memorable road trip with his close friend, Jim Smith. Their adventurous spirit led them to drive a car back home to Canada, creating lasting memories along the way. Connection with others was important and his weekly lunches with friends were a source of great enjoyment.
Harold treasured his career and the relationships he built within it. He left school early to work at Coal Mine #26 Colliery for a few years, but his passion took him to Ontario where he attended meat cutting school and began his career in the grocery business. He served as Meat Manager and Meat Supervisor across the Martimes with Sobeys and IGA. Because of his dedication and expertise during his time with Atlantic Superstores, he was given the title "The Meat Legend” which made him smile every time he heard it. Throughout his professional journey, he maintained a close friendship with mentor and friend Ron Young. Even after retirement, his passion for the grocery industry led him to consult for his dear friend, Gary Crowell, until the young age of 77.
A devoted member of the Lions Club for over 50 years, Harold held his fellow Lions close to his heart, forging strong bonds with John Campbell, John Butler, and Jim Sherry. Together, they made significant contributions to the Lr Sackville community. Harold's commitment to service was recognized through the prestigious Melvin Jones Fellowship Award, a testament to his unwavering dedication to humanitarian ideals and exemplary service to his club and community.
The family extends heartfelt gratitude to the compassionate nurses at Halifax Infirmary 4.1 and Father Ron Cairn's for his outstanding support during Harold's final days.
Harold's life will be celebrated on November 21 at 11 am in Saint John Vianney in Lr Sackville, followed by a reception in the Lr Sackville Lions Club.