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Sidney E. Campbell
Resident of San Jose
Died peacefully at Silverado Senior Living in Redondo Beach CA, on Sunday, June 9, 2013. Sid entered the world on March 13, 1926 in Hemet, CA and celebrated his 87th birthday prior to passing. Raised by loving parents, Vera and O'Hall, he was the eldest of three sons. His exuberant brothers, Gene and Richard (Dick), predeceased him. He married Phyllis Newcomer in August 1949. Phyllis remained Sid's "one and only" until her passing in November 2008.
As a young man growing up in Pasadena, CA, Sid was the consummate "motor head," rebuilding and racing anything with wheels in the wash-beds of southeast Los Angeles. Accelerating his graduation from Marshall High School in January 1944 he enlisted in the Navy. Sid participated in WWII completing a two and a half year tour in the Pacific Theatre. Upon his discharge from the service as an electricians mate, his new found love of electronics provided him both a lifelong profession and hobby. Initially he trained as a radio station engineer working in the field for two years. In 1951 he went to work for the Bureau of Aeronautics later transferring to the Bureau of Ordinance where he remained until his retirement in 1981. In total he spent 32+ years in government service. Most of his career was spent in Sunnyvale as a Government Factory Representative at the Lockheed Missile and Space facility. During his professional career he was known for his diligence and exacting standards.
As a father, Sid was involved in all of the extracurricular activities that his two active sons participated in. He was both a Cub Scout Pack Leader and Grey-Y President. He planned and organized the Calabasas Elementary School Annual PTA fundraising event with phenomenal success, reaping enormous funds from the local community for the benefit of the PTA. Every summer he and the family would go camping for three weeks visiting all of the western states. Sid captured those trips with beautiful photos and wonderful stories to tell.
Once retired, Sid became the neighborhood "fix-it-man" always willing to help a family in need. He could be relied upon to assist with home repairs and negotiations with various contractors whenever he was called. However, Sid could usually be found "puttering" in the yard most days maintaining it with the high standards set by Phyllis. The yard was her source of pride and he honored her by giving it the utmost care.
Sid is survived by his two sons, Rick (and wife Margaret) of Herndon, VA and Kris of Playa Del Rey, CA; two grandchildren, Robert (and wife Deidra) of Manassas, VA and Leslye (and husband Laramie) of Lemoore, CA; and three great-grandchildren Aiden, Alaina, and Hezekiah.
The family privately honored Sid's last wishes of scattering his ashes at sea. As dementia dominated the last few years of his once vibrant life those wishing to honor him may send a donation in his name to the of Northern California, 1060 La Avenida St., Mountain View, CA 94043.

Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on Jan. 1, 2014
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