George H. Campbell III
WORCESTER - George H. Campbell III of Worcester and South Palm Beach, FL, died Thursday, February 6, 2014 in St. Vincent Hospital surrounded by his family and loved ones.
He leaves his loving wife, Joan A. (Hanley) Campbell; a daughter, Mary Leroux of Worcester and her four children, Jessica, Matthew, Derrick and Maxwell; a son, George H. Campbell IV and his wife Debbie of Shrewsbury and their daughter, Meaghan; a sister, Ann Marie Carnazza Lynch and her husband William Lynch of Spencer; several nieces and nephews; John F. Mahan and his wife Mary of Millbury, their daughter Erin, and their son, John F. Mahan Jr. and his wife Sarah of Charlton and their children Samantha and Molly, and Daniel and Emily Barsum of South Grafton. He also leaves his sister-in-law Geri (Hanley) Brandt and her husband Richard of Worcester and their children Wendy Brandt of Northboro and Jeff Brandt of Milford.
George was born in Worcester, son of George H. Campbell Jr. and Gertrude A. Hall. He attended both St. Peter's Grammar School and St. Peter's High School, where he was a star linebacker. He was selected to the All-City high school football team.
For many years George was a Worcester police officer and was known to many as the "Main Street Maestro." George's "beat" was a hot spot at Main and Foster Streets. In a quote from the Worcester Telegram, it said "although he's built like a lineman for Notre Dame, he conducts traffic with all the agility and grace of a Leonard Bernstein conducting the New York Philharmonic. Occasionally people walking the street stop and watch his musical gestures. A constant smile on his face has earned him the title of 'Smiling George.'"
While directing traffic, George was struck by a drunk driver and paralyzed. With strong determination and years of intensive and very painful physical therapy George was able to regain his mobility and returned to school. He received his Bachelors from Worcester State College and his Masters from Framingham State College. He went on to teach in the Worcester public school system and retired as an adjunct professor in the Criminal Justice program from Westfield State College.
George was founder and owner of the Guardian Driving School. To this day, former students will come up to him and say, "remember me?" Then they will say "I still do just what you taught me and I have never had an accident."
George was a member of the Worcester County Retired Police and Firefighters Association, National Fraternal Order of Police, past member of the Board of Directors of the Worcester Public Library, member of the American Legion and Elks of West Palm Beach, FL #1352.
Calling hours are Monday, February 10 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Athy Memorial Home, 111 Lancaster St., Worcester. A wake service will be held at 6 p.m. The funeral will be Tuesday, February 11 from the funeral home with a Mass at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Mercy Church, 341 June St., Worcester. Burial will be in St. John's Cemetery, Worcester.
Published in Worcester Telegram & Gazette from Feb. 7 to Feb. 9, 2014