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Murray Campbell

Murray Douglas Campbell

Wednesday, October 16th, 1940 - Friday, May 15th, 2020
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CAMPBELL, Murray Douglas

On May 15th, 2020, after a long battle with dementia and cancer, Murray Douglas Campbell, aged 79, passed away peacefully at his home in Thessalon, surrounded by his loving family. Beloved husband of 53 years to Georgina (nee Walters). Devoted father of Tania McPhee of Halton Hills, Ontario and Mark Campbell and his wife Megan of Rockwood, Ontario. Cherished grandfather of Aiden Godron, Cormac McPhee, and Brynn Campbell. Loving brother of William Campbell. Brother-in-law to Ruth and Marc St. Hilaire of New Glasgow, NS. Murray was born on October 16th, 1940, in Wingham, Ontario to the late James and Hazel (nee Irwin) Campbell. He grew up in Wingham and then joined the Royal Canadian Navy and served on the HMCS Bonaventure. Murray then went on to serve as a police officer with the Ontario Provincial Police, working in many small Northern Ontario communities including White River, St. Joseph’s Island, Ottawa, Hurst, and Thessalon. Attending teacher’s college in North Bay, Murray then began teaching elementary school with the Algoma District School Board first at Thessalon Township Public School, then at Echo Bay Public School, and of course, at Arthur Henderson in Bruce Mines. It was in the classroom that Murray found his true passion. He was an extraordinary educator. His zest for life and learning engaged his students and his patience was second to none. He was known for his calm demeanor and his ability to handle any crisis. Everyone knew that they could always ‘count on Murray’. Coaching many school sports and volunteering to be the computer technology expert, he always went the extra mile to contribute to the school community. After retiring from the ADSB, Murray returned to his law enforcement roots and became a security guard for various companies including Cameco in Blind River.

Murray was a loyal and caring friend, a loving father, an upstanding citizen, a charitable and compassionate human being. He will be remembered as a man of integrity who was guided in life by his moral compass and strong faith. His sharp wit and warm personality put people at ease and made everyone feel welcome and comfortable.

Murray’s family wishes to give heartfelt thanks to Amy Shoust, RN and family friend Marilyn Goodall for the incredible care they provided for Murray. They would also like to thank all the staff at the Sault Area Hospital particularly Dr. Voutsadakis and the staff at the cancer clinic.
They also wish to express their gratitude to their family, friends and community for their continued love and support.

A private family service will be held at Beggs Funeral Home with Father Lordu officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to Janet’s Warriors Transportation 4 Treatment (c/o Robin MacDonald, P.O. Box 702, Thessalon, ON, P0R1L0) in his memory. Please visit Beggs Funeral Home website obituaries to leave memories and condolences as a keepsake for the family www.beggsfh.com
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Cathy Hawkshaw

Posted at 10:06am
Dear Georgie and family: I was sad to hear of your loss. I think fondly of Murray throughout our time together at Arthur Henderson. I always enjoyed going to his class. He was a wonderful teacher. His patience and calm demeanor were always evident. I recall the money jangling in his pocket from his constant fund raising for trips, his humour, kindness, and generosity. He helped with any activity going, like frisbee golf, flooding a rink, and of course graduations. Murray was a exceptional person. I'm thankful that I had the opportunity to work with him.
Cathy Hawkshaw
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Dave Tulloch

Posted at 09:36am
Georgie and family, Our hearts are saddened by your loss and our thoughts and prayers are with you. I have many fond memories of Murray including his last day of teaching, when he came home with neck tie cut in half...half still around his neck and half in his pocket. Someone had ceremoniously done that to mark the end of a job well done! I am honored to have known Murray. May your memories of give you peace and comfort. God Bless, Dave and Lindsay Tulloch
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dline@xplornet.com

Posted at 01:18pm
Mike Pritchard

very sad to hear of Murray's passing - my condolences to George and family. I have good memories of Murray as an OPP officer stationed on St. Joseph Island - me, my brothers & friends were pursued through the bush on more than one occasion by officer
Campbell - he could run. Quite by coincidence, Murray and I made the same decision - to go to North Bay Teachers College in the fall of 1970, and, I was invited by the Campbells to share their residence. Murray and I helped to coach the "Mallards" peewee hockey team - believe me when i say "against all odds" we won the year! I love spaghetti so I can't leave out the time Murray secretly loaded mine with an intensely hot pepper - the tears did nothing to put out the fire & Campbell was elated. All of the cudos I read in Murray's obituary are on the mark and fitting . Although our paths crossed only seldom after teachers college, I count him as a good friend and know he will be sadly missed by many.
MC

Murray Ansonia Norma Cochrane

Posted at 06:19am
Georgie, Tanya and Mark and families our sincere condolences to you all. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Murray and Norma Cochrane

Sharon Stevens-Farquhar

Posted at 07:42pm
Georgie and family, our sincere condolences, in our thoughts and prayers.
Sharon & Gene Farquhar
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