John E. Campbell Sr.
Formerly of Dracut;
retired Raytheon employee, Army
GILFORD, NH/ENGLEWOOD, FL -- John E. Campbell Sr., 82, resident of Gilford, NH, and Englewood, Florida, and former longtime resident of Dracut, died Thursday, February 28th, 2013, at Fawcett Memorial Hospital in Port Charlotte, Florida.
He was the beloved husband of Bernadette T. (Donahue) Campbell with whom he would have celebrated their 59th wedding anniversary later this year.
Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, October 14, 1930, the son of the late Joseph A and the late Margaret (McNamara) Campbell.
John humbly served our nation as a member of US Army during the Korean Conflict
, and was stationed with the Combat Engineers as an instructor at West Point, New York.
Upon his honorable discharge, he worked for the town of Dracut as a social worker.
He later joined Raytheon Company Missile Systems Division in Lowell, MA, where he worked for 37 years in the Human Resource department, retiring in 1992, as Manager, Industrial Relations.
John was a dedicated human resource professional. He took that passion beyond his office at Raytheon, and was involved with the Greater Lowell Personnel Council, the Personnel Board at St. John's Hospital in Lowell, and the Lowell Chamber of Commerce.
John lived in Dracut for well over 50 years. He was involved in town activities serving both on the Dracut Finance Committee, as well as on the Dracut Cemetery Commission.
He also had a passion for helping others, which lead to his involvement in many charitable and non-profit organizations. John was a member of the Catholic Charitable Bureau, St. Vincent de Paul, the Elks, the Knights of Columbus, and a board member of the Salvation Army of Lowell, MA.
John was a loving, caring, hardworking man. He enjoyed boating, golfing, wood refinishing, cooking, and the everyday beauty of nature. He loved the sunsets over Englewood Beach and watching the sunrise over Lake Winnipesaukee. He was happiest when he was surrounded by his family.
In addition to his wife, John is survived and will be deeply missed by his children, Susan M. LaChance and her husband, Michael of Punta Gorda, FL, John E. Campbell Jr. and his wife, Audrey of York, ME, Bernadette M. Campbell of Webster, NH, Joseph C. Campbell of Dracut, and Steven A. Campbell and his wife, Jo Ann, also of Dracut, MA. He also leaves behind eight cherished grandchildren, Stacey, Jennifer, Meghan, Joseph, Micaelagh, Shannon, John and Katheryn Campbell.
John also is survived by his siblings, Mary Graham and her husband, Francis, James Campbell and his wife, Anita, Walter Campbell and his wife, Joanne, Katherine Romanowski and her husband, Michael, Patricia Boumil and her husband, John, Margaret Melanson and her husband, Richard, and Robert Campbell and his wife, Linda.
He was predeceased by his brother, Joseph A. Campbell.
CAMPBELL -- Relatives and friends are invited to pay their respects from 4-8 p.m., Friday, March 8, 2013, at the DRACUT FUNERAL HOME, 2159 Lakeview Ave., Dracut. Funeral will take place from the funeral home at 7:45 a.m. with his Funeral Mass to be celebrated at 9 a.m., Saturday, March 9, 2013, at St. Francis Church, 115 Wheeler Road, Dracut. Entombment at Lowell Cemetery, burial at Richardson Cemetery will take place in the spring. Memorial donations may be made to the
, Hope through Heroes Memorial at www.arthritis.org
or to the Salvation Army at www.salvationarmy.org
. To leave an online condolence, story or message, please visit www.dracutfuneralhome.com