William CAMPBELL

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CAMPBELL, William Philip "Phil" August 1, 1922 - December 13, 2017 Early the morning of December 13, 2017 Phil Campbell, aged 95, slipped away peacefully in his sleep. He is survived by Marion, his wife of over 67 years, his brother Ian (Margaret), his children Janet (Darrell), Gail, and Ian (Trish), and grandchildren Jessica, Samantha, Levi, Scott, and Melanie, great-grandchildren Sera and Tobey, and many nieces and nephews. Phil was predeceased by his parents, Lena and Dan, and brothers Kenneth, Gordon and Arch. Phil was born in Lloydminster, Alberta, August 1, 1922. He grew up with three brothers on the farm his father had homesteaded, grain farming long before the advent of tractors and combines. At 18 years of age he finished high school in Vegreville, and entered the RCAF, being trained to serve with the RAF in Radar and radio in England for the duration of WWII. At the end of the war he entered the University of Alberta, completing a BSc in Agriculture, followed by a PhD in Botany at the University of Toronto. It was there that he met Marion Hambley, a grad student from Winnipeg. They married in Calgary July 1, 1950, and moved to Edmonton where Phil worked in Agriculture research, and they began their family. He also became quite the horticulturist, a hobby in which he continued to flourish right through his retirement years. In 1962 the family moved to Ottawa where Phil began his civil service career in the Plant Protection division of Agriculture Canada. Among other things, his career eventually took him to all corners of the world on research and trade missions, including NAFTA negotiations. Manotick was home for many years, and there Phil was involved with Knox Presbyterian Church, the Kiwanis, the volunteer fire department, the local horticulture club, and as a leader in cubs and scouts. An eventual move back to Nepean brought involvement in Parkwood Presbyterian Church, Good Companions, Meals on Wheels, and Scottish Country Dancing, where Phil danced, taught, and organized. In later years, after declassification, he was very involved with a group of War Vets who had been part of the development of Radar technology during WWII. Phil was always interested in people, good conversation, discussion, and activity. He loved learning and research and travel. And he loved and was so proud of his family. Only in the last three years did his mental and physical health decline to the extent that he needed nursing care. The family is extremely thankful to the staff of the Rideau and Perley Veterans Health Centre, and especially the staff of Gatineau 2 North, for making the last two years of life comfortable and peaceful. A Memorial Service will be held, Saturday, January 6 at Parkwood Presbyterian Church, 10 Chesterton Drive at 11 a.m. Reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: PTSD Support www.ptsdassociation.com/take-action/ or to the Perley and Rideau Veterans' Health Centre www.canadahelps.org/en/dn/m/16841/donation/
Published in The Ottawa Citizen on Dec. 23, 2017
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