John Earle Charles "Jack" CAMPBELL

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Jack passed away peacefully surrounded by family on December 25, 2012 at age 89.

Jack was predeceased by his mother Luella Kelly, in 1973 and by his father William Kelly in 1978. Jack is survived by his wife of 66 years, Viola, his 3 children Benny (Leanne) Campbell of Kelowna, daughters Gail McDonald of Nanaimo, and Colleen Neumann of Winnipeg, MB. Grandchildren Benny Jr, Kandi, Dail, Kelly, Grant and Scott, his 9 great grandchildren and brothers Bill Campbell of Nanaimo, Raymond (Mabel) Kelly of Courtenay, and John (Shirley) Kelly of Nanoose.

Jack was born in Vancouver on September 22, 1923. He was a war veteran of WW 2. He served in the Royal Canadian Navy from 1942 until 1945, serving as a Coder on board the destroyer HMCS Qu'appelle, and the minesweeper HMCS Georgian.

For many years Jack was active in Nanaimo service clubs, he contributed a great deal of time and energy to the Royal Canadian Legion (Branch 256), where he was a lifetime member, The Lions Club where he served as club president 1970-1971 and The Serauxmen Service Club.

Jack worked at Canada Post, where he was a popular letter carrier, and eventually a front counter clerk at the Post Office on Front Street. On his 55th birthday in 1978, and after 32 years of service, Jack retired from Canada Post. Jack went on to enjoy a long and happy retirement filled with trips all over the world. At the end of Jack's world travels he had visited 47 countries, and had made friends all over the world. During his long retirement Jack also enjoyed gardening, baking and visiting his grandchildren.

Jack will be remembered for his wit and charm, he was a true character! He knew how to have a good time, he was a great dancer, and could strike up a conversation with anyone, anywhere. We will all miss his sense of humour, generosity and concern for others, and his famous banana loaves and Christmas cakes.

As per Jack's wishes there will be no service.

This obituary was originally published in the Nanaimo Daily News and Harbour City Star (Nanaimo, BC).
Published online on Jan. 3, 2013 courtesy of Nanaimo Daily News and Harbour City Star.
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