Barry James CAMPBELL B.A. M.Ed.
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It is with profound sadness that the family of Barry Campbell announce his peaceful passing on Saturday, September 26, 2020. Beloved husband of Gloria; devoted and loved father of Todd (Regina), and Jeff (Elena). Cherished and loving grandpa to Alyssa; admired and loved step-grandfather to Pia, Monterrey, Mexico. Barry was born in Oshawa, Ont., and raised in Whitby, Ont. Predeceased by parents Margaret and Matthew Campbell and siblings Matt (Carol);, Joyce (predeceased Bill) Laycoe; Lorne (Claire) and Lorraine (Ron) Rickard. Survived and loved by sister Cathy (Tom) Wiswell and many nieces and nephews Barry attended Toronto Teachers College, Waterloo Lutheran University and Niagara University, and retired in 1995 after 34 years of teaching in Dryden; Guelph, Burlington, and St.Catharines. In St.Catharines he taught at Grantham; West Park; Kernahan Park; Lakeport, Collegiate High Schools, and was Special Education Consultant for the Lincoln Board of Education. Barry was an exceptional athlete; referee, coach and manager. In Dryden he founded a Boys Club; in Burlington was co-founder of Burlington Minor Lacrosse and was Citizen of the Year. In St.Catharines was Referee-in-Chief and Masters Commissioner for Ontario in Lacrosse. He volunteered for Meals on Wheels and Community Care before becoming ill. Our family are forever grateful to Dr. Michael Torigian and his staff;; Dr. Simon Kim; and Merritton Community Pharmacy, who guided us through Barry's health issues with compassion and empathy. Special thanks to fellow teachers; neighbours; and close friends for their continued support. Barry was an unique man, making a difference in the lives of all his students. He followed his own drummer and is now at peace. God Bless His Soul. Cremation has taken place. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the HAINE FUNERAL HOME & CHAPEL, 26 Ormond Street South, Thorold. If so desired, donations to the Hotel Dieu Shaver Hospital, Progressive Supranuclear Palsy, Kingston, ON, Walker Family Cancer Centre, Hospice Niagara, Wounded Warriors of Canada, PTSD Service Dog Programme website or Lincoln County Humane Society would be appreciated by the family.

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Published in St. Catharines Standard on Sep. 30, 2020.
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January 3, 2021
Mr Campbell was an intelligent man in many ways including helping me prepare and focus for upcoming school exams and tutor me with skilled math and other school subjects. Mr Campbell was introduced to me by my mom Debra who was taught by Barry in high school at West Park and had great luck having Barry assist me with school and was instantly felt like a friend, coach and great educator for me! I will always remember Barry Campbell.
Matt Hill
Student
November 22, 2020
The nicest man I ever met. I refereed with Barry for many years. I will miss him. My condolences to his family. One of the very best on this Earth.
Tim S
Friend
November 13, 2020
This man right here was the most amazing teacher’s I have ever had. High school can be such confusing and intimidating time but this man was right by my side building my confidence and self esteem. Mr.Campbell went beyond his call of duty as a teacher. I will never forget how he explained this to his classroom. He said you guys might not realize how much I care about you all but at the end of the day I go to the tree in front of my house and hang you guys up there and pick you back up in the morning on my way to school. This is what I want you all to do when you go home hang all your worries on a tree and we will deal with them in the morning together. I have used this often with my kids.
This man was a positive father figure to so many of us that needed one. This man saved many young lives just through his words. I thank him kindly for all I learned from him.
You will be forever missed.
Fadra DeSantis
Student
October 18, 2020
Great person, teacher I also refereed lacrosse with him, My condolences to the family, R.I.P Barry
Waylon
Friend
October 6, 2020
I remember him well as one of my teachers at Grantham high school. He is a part of my memories of that time. I am very sorry for the family's loss.
October 6, 2020
My deepest condolences to Gloria and family. Sorry for your loss.
Kathy Kennedy (Gloria's cousin)
Family
October 6, 2020
My deepest condolences to Gloria and family. My deceased husband Gord, taught at Grantham High School when Barry was there teaching too.
Muriel Smith
Muriel Smith
Friend
October 5, 2020
Sympathy to you and your family Gloria. I was fortunate to have had Mr. Campbell not only as a teacher but my Track coach and Curling coach throughout my high school years. I will always remember his kind words and smile.
Sharon Hamlin (Howe)
October 4, 2020
Todd, Jeff and all of Barry’s family...
I am very sorry for your loss!
Rob Willis
Acquaintance
October 3, 2020
Barry was a great teacher, ref and all around great person. He brought a lot of happiness to many people. Sending condolences to his family .
Sally Vince
Acquaintance
October 3, 2020
Barry and I volunteered together with the Spartan Junior B Lacrosse Club. He was always, happy and friendly, and a pleasure to share our journey. Please accept my sincere condolences. May Peace be with you.
Linda Moore
Friend
October 3, 2020
You were always very kind and patient with me. You had a great impact on me when I was young. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Rest peacefully Barry
Colin McNulty
Student
October 3, 2020
One of the nicest people I have ever met. You will be missed.
Pat
Friend
October 2, 2020
One of the best guys out there. Living just 3 houses down from me throughout my childhood, Mr.Campbell would always stop by our road hockey games to see how everyone was doing. These visits never stopped throughout my youth. He would even take me and some of my other friends on the street to Falcons games, and then Timmy’s after for a hot chocolate, all the while making sure we were doing good in school, and being kind to our parents. Hope you are in a better place Mr.Campbell, and thank you for helping me grow up.
Chris Savarie
Neighbor
October 2, 2020
Dear Gloria, Please accept our deepest Sympathy. Bill remembers Barry as a very caring teacher from their days teaching together at Westpark. Thinking of you and your family. Barbara and Bill Ross
Barbara Ross
Friend
October 2, 2020
I have such fond memories from my childhood of Mr Campbell walking his dogs through Applewood. I hope his family knows how many lives he touched just by stopping and conversing. I became a teacher myself. Early in my career I was supply teaching at Applewood, and he popped his head in the gym doors to say hello. He actually remembered me from going there years before and we talked about teaching.

I’m so sorry for your loss. I know it’s being felt by many, many people.
Michelle
Neighbor
October 2, 2020
Always enjoy chatting with him while he walked his dog. We were neighbours around the corner, our thoughts are with you at this sad time
Dave & Karen
Neighbor
October 2, 2020
Sending my sincere condolences to Mr. Campbell's family. As a child I had many friendly conversations with Mr. Campbell in the neighbourhood while he and Jake casually strolled by our street hockey games. He was always a kind man and always offered us a wonderful conversation. Rest In Peace, Mr. Campbell, from a neighbourhood kid.
Cody Brooks
Neighbor
October 2, 2020
Lillian and I offer our sincere condolences to you, Gloria, on this sad occasion. Please rest assured that Barry's spirit is free of the suffering he endured of late. It was the spirit of a man whose ability to give to others was at the centre of his life's purpose. The most we can hope to achieve as the measure of our lives is to enrich the lives of others.
As his colleague and friend, I observed Barry very naturally get to know troubled, insecure, and confused adolescents and help them build confidence and pride in themselves, through his coaching and teaching. He left his footprint in the minds and hearts of thousands of young people. He was born to be a teacher. It was never work to him; it was what he knew he was meant to do.
What was outstanding was the positive ease with which he lived this life. No matter what the problem to be solved, he kept his composure and always focused upon the needs of the person in front of him. He was in a rarified level few teachers experience; in his own way, he spoke to the spirit of the student and made him /her recognize their inner worth.
Gloria, you have lost a piece of your heart. Rest assured that the care and love you extended to him entered his innermost spirit. He was a very appreciative man. Also, a nice guy! Realize too that the human spirit lives on and, because it knows no physical boundaries, there will be moments when you literally feel his presence. He is there to comfort you .
Lillian and I send you and your family our sincerest condolences.
Jack Rapattoni
Jack Rapattoni
Friend
October 2, 2020
Barry was an outstanding teacher, colleague, mentor, friend and a positive, cheerful pillar of the Lakeport school community- always leavened with a wicked sense of humour. His students-their problems, fears, handicaps and their need for a friend and support, was always his priority. Deepest condolences to you, Gloria, an essential part of 'Team Campbell'
George Thomas
Coworker
October 2, 2020
Dear Gloria and family, we were so sorry to hear of Barry's passing. We know that his teaching career and his involvement in sports have left a lasting impression on so many young people. Our thoughts are with you. Bob and Carolynne Canham
Bob and Carolynne Canham
Coworker
October 2, 2020
Barry was a wonderful neighbour that always had a smile, a wave and a moment to talk while out walking his dog. Our deepest condolences to all his family.
Ken and Sue Vail
Neighbor
October 2, 2020
Loved teaching with Barry at Lakeport S.S. He was funny and kind, loved by students and staff alike. My best memory is of his football playbook. The staff team beat every student team in the lunch hour games because he gave all of us a chance to run the ball, even me, the French teacher. Thinking of you, Gloria, and sending you hugs. With sympathy, Linda Gaudet
Linda Gaudet
Coworker
October 2, 2020
It's not quite the same to walk down the street and not see Barry on the porch. We miss his smile and silly jokes.

All our love to his family. He was so special to us. Xoxo
Pam Isaak
Neighbor
October 2, 2020
Barry was a very kind and thoughtful gentleman. He was a cherished volunteer. Our condolences to his family.
Bertha Power
Friend
October 2, 2020
Barry will be forever missed! We will miss his sense of humor and kindness the most!!
Gloria and family, you are in our hearts.❤
The Prebianca Family
Friend
October 2, 2020
Gloria and family, We are so sorry for your loss. We are keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers.
Sue Ruscitti
Family
October 2, 2020
Our deepest sympathies to Gloria and family, personally, and on behalf of the St Catharines Jr B Falcons. Barry was a dedicated volunteer and a terrific guy who will be missed.
Jim & Cathy McConnell
Friend
October 2, 2020
Fond memories of Barry Campbell at Grantham, both as teacher and track coach. A true role model!
To this day I appreciate the many hours he he spent molding us to be better human beings.
Quick story: after seeing me come up just short of winning several 400m races at the provincial level, he said “you are more suited for distance; give the 800m a shot!” Later that spring, with his coaching, I won my first and only red ribbon at SOSSA. Proud moment and even better life lesson from a great man.
Jim Trapnell
Student
October 2, 2020
So sad to hear this, Mr.Campbell was such a great guy. So many great talks with him as a student and many times after when I would have the pleasure of bumping into him around the city....usually walking his dogs.
Paul Damiano
Student
October 2, 2020
Mr Campbell was not only my teacher but he was the most genuine, compassionate, kind man.
Mr Campbell changed my entire life while teaching at St Catharines collegiate.
He made every single one of his student feel like they were somebody and they mattered.

His sense of humour, wisdome, and kindness reflected onto every single person he met.

Mr.Campbell was truly a rare gem and will be deeply missed. I am eternally grateful to have known such a wonderful human.

My condolences to the Campbell Family.
Jennifer
Student
October 1, 2020
Barry was a long time friend.

Growing up together in Whitby we enjoyed our sports and our friendship.
I left for Australia many yrs ago but have remained friends with the Campbell family.
It is with sadness that we have to say goodbye but Barry will be free now of pain.RIP.Your loving friend Elgin
Elgin Luke
Friend
October 1, 2020
Mr. Campbell was an amazing man willing to help anyone in need. I still have amazing Lakeport memories of Him. There was not a day we was not smiling. My sincere condolences to the Campbell family ❤

Pete Higgins
Pete Higgins
Student
October 1, 2020
Our sincere condolences Gloria and family. Barry was without a doubt one of the kindest gentlemen we were lucky enough to know, my husband and I were taught in high school many years ago, and would see him off and on throughout the years that followed and he would spend the time and catch up, we are genuinely saddened to read of his passing.♥
Lisa Skeoch
Student
October 1, 2020
My Deepest sympathy to Gloria and family. Always enjoyed Barry at the Dunlop senior center playing 500 on Thursday afternoons. Both my husband and Barry were declining, but were always ready for a “game”. Rest In Peace
Dianne Paetkau
Friend
October 1, 2020
Gloria and family, my deepest sympathies.
Colleen Denison (Oelkuch)
Friend
October 1, 2020
My name is Pat and my son Jason was a special ed student of Barry's. from January 1987 until he graduated in 1989. Barry called me one day after Jason started and stated that he did not want anything to do with Jason and he did not want him as a student. I could not believe anything like that would be said by a teacher. I said wait a minute, I am coming right over to speak to you. Over two hours later Barry was my son's and my advocate. Barry spent the time to talk to us and understand the difficulties that were happening for Jason. There were issues throughout the time at Lakeport, but Barry was always there to help. He was a great mentor and he always respected any issues that would happen. He even came to our home to convince our son to go back to school when he wanted to quit a few months before the end of Grade 12. Barry was the best special ed teacher and I will never forget him. In fact I was just thinking about him last weekend hoping I would see him again. but I will again in Heaven. My condolances go out to his family. Pat L
Pat Leemet
Friend
October 1, 2020
Gloria, Todd, Jeff and family: Barry was loving, caring and a great fellow. He was an extraordinary educator. We have many fond memories of him and Gloria at family functions. Our hearts are with you at this difficult time. Sending our deepest sympathies to all of you.
Carol and Joe Costa
Family
October 1, 2020
Gloria and family, We are so saddened to know Barry has passed away. He was such a special person to our family with his attention and help for the girls in high school and the ever continuing value of his friendship and caring as they went on to University and beyond. We send you the biggest best hugs as you two were an amazing couple and inspirational with all you have always done for others. Selfless, positive, compassionate and kind. We know you two were the dynamic duo and we appreciate and love you always. When there is a celebration of Barry in the future we would all be honoured to come be part of that. I smile and see him always smiling and laughing - as he was contagious in his kindness and caring and sincerity for all who he helped and knew and loved.
Paula, Paulina and Connie Iannello
Friend
October 1, 2020
My condolences to Gloria, Todd and Jeff. Mr. Campbell (Barry) was a caring, funny and amazing person who I had the pleasure of meeting and knowing for over 40 years as his neighbor. I will miss him dearly and he will be greatly missed by my Mother, Mrs. Lucciola. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Rest in peace Barry and hoping you and my Dad reunite in Heaven
Bridget Lucciola
Neighbor
October 1, 2020
Always respected at the highest level, in lacrosse, school and life... while also remaining open and at your own level... a beauty, in the best way!
Roller
Friend
October 1, 2020
Our deepest sympathy to the Campbell family. We were both privileged to work with Barry. RIP to a wonderful colleague.
Allen and Joan Perdue
Coworker
September 30, 2020
My sincere condolences to Gloria and family. Barry was a great man who I respected a great deal. He was always there to help another and I will never forget his honesty and Integrity with all the times he helped me through my life with his coaching at school or helping me with a job. Barry will be greatly missed.
Chris Jarvis
Friend
September 30, 2020
He was a super nice, gentle man and one of the best teachers I ever had. RIP
Tricia Foote
Student
September 30, 2020
So sorry to hear of Barry's passing . He was a friend of my father Trevor Field and I know that dad enjoyed all his visits with Barry over the years and just before his passing. My deepest condolences to the whole family. With heartfelt sympathy, Rhonda Field Morris
Rhonda Morris
Acquaintance
September 30, 2020
My sincere sympathy to his family and friends. He was such a GREAT teacher and such a KIND man! Always had a smile on his face when you ran into him RIP
Linda Proske-Slamka
Student
September 30, 2020
Our deepest sympathies to Mr.Campbell's family. He was a caring, funny, and talented Math Teacher. He made everyone feel like they were very smart in Math. He was a pivotal part of many fond memories at Grantham.
Todd and Viv Thorne
Student
September 30, 2020
My deepest sympathies to all of you.
Barry (Mr.Campbell) as I called him.
He came to my Wedding & read a speech he had prepared. I will always hold that close. He was such a kind man.
Thinking of you

Colleen
Friend
September 30, 2020
One of the few teachers that I enjoyed and will always remember. Thank you. My thoughts are with you all at this time.
Sandra Kalapos (nee Wright)
Student
September 30, 2020
Barry you were an amazing sole who brought nothing but goodness to everyone in your path. You will be missed and never forgotten.
Craig and Mariette Lincoln
Craig Lincoln
Friend
September 30, 2020
To the best math teacher at grantham high school. You were loved by all. Our thought and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time
Karen Bredin
Student
September 30, 2020
My condolences to Barry’s family.
A met Barry the last few years at the Kiwanis Aquatic Centre, when he came for a swim. Right from the first meeting we struck up a joking rapport with each. Every time he came in we teased each other. He was a very lovely gentleman and am glad we had the chance to meet
Cindy Melnychenko
Acquaintance
September 30, 2020
I had the immense privilege of studying Math with Mr. Campbell at Grantham High School in the 80's. He was kind, fair, supportive, so funny, thoughtful, very approachable, and always entertaining. Upon completing my Grade 10 Math course he hand wrote a letter to my parents. His kind words had a profound impact on me. I still have the letter today and that act of generosity paved the path for my own career as an educator. I also did the same for many students during my career and every time I wrote a letter I was thinking of Mr. Campbell. What a lovely legacy he left me. I offer my sincere condolences to Mrs. Campbell, about whom Mr. Campbell always spoke so warmly and affectionately, and his family members. May your memories offer you comfort and strength.
Ellen Foster
Student
September 30, 2020
Mr.Campbell was my favourite teacher at graham high and super fan of my son whom played lacrosse and hockey ,through the years we would chat up a storm either in merritton at arena or at my workplace.Mr.Campbell was an exceptional person always happy and full of life rest in piece my friend .
Kim Mazachowski
Student
September 30, 2020
A friend and a mentor. Will be missed by family and sports community.
Jim & Sylvia Roach
Friend
September 30, 2020
Barry was an incredible man.He became a part of our family and forever changed my son Kyle's life when he tutored him and helped him change the way he felt about himself by building his confidence and guiding him to become an honour roll student for the remainder of his academics.Barry never showed up at the door without a treat for our dog and we would spend time chatting and laughing.Barry would always find the time to come to Kyle's hockey or lacrosse games and connected to all of us in so many different ways.He became a friend to all of us.He will be so very missed .My heart goes out to his family...he was certainly loved by many.
Michelle Darren Kyle and Alicia Mutch
Mutch
Friend
September 30, 2020
Dearest Gloria my heart is aching for you and for your family. Barry holds a very special place in my heart. He hired me for a Special Education position at Lakeport. He always supported our special needs students and we as a staff. He was a unique and caring person. Could even resort to bribery..... " I have donuts! " The box always included a different kind for each one's taste!
Going to work every day was so much better knowing Barry and his genuine smile was waiting.
Mary Wright
Friend
September 30, 2020
Barry and I officiated basketball together. He took me under his wing as a younger official. His humour and smile was infectious. I enjoyed our time together. Sandra Forand
Sandra Forand
Friend
September 30, 2020
Barry will always hold a special place in my heart. In 1990, he interviewed me for a Special Education job at Lakeport SS. I had the privilege of working with Barry and being mentored in my first few years. He is also remembered by members of the Niagara District Basketball Referees Association as a terrific official and a real character. Rest in Peace, Barry.
Brian MacIsaac
Friend
September 30, 2020
So sorry to hear this. I was his student in the 70's at Grantham, and then his colleague over the years. Long after his retirement, he was still helping kids at Secord and kept his passion for teaching. He defined excellence and integrity in teaching. Condolences to his family.
Gord Fast
Student
September 30, 2020
So very sorry to hear of Barry's passing. I had the pleasure of having Barry as a colleague at Lakeport in my early years of teaching. I really appreciated his support, humour, and kindness as I found my feet in the profession. Sincerest sympathy to Gloria, Todd, Jeff and the rest of the family.
Russ McBride
Coworker
September 30, 2020
Dear Gloria and family: I was so very sorry to hear the sad news of Barry’s passing. I counted Barry as a friend and colleague in our days at Lakeport and the Collegiate. As a brand new vice-principal in the “big city”, Barry taught me so much about special education, compassion, real city life, tough love and achieving personal connection with our students and fellow teachers. He was such an effective teacher and human being. He never ceased to amaze me with his insight, care, knowledge, intuition, love, balance and good humour. I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to know Barry, to work with him and to care about him. I count him as a major influence in the development of my educational style and recognize that my career was largely shaped by the size of his heart and the generosity of his spirit. Thank you for sharing him with so many of us. May his memory be a blessing to us all.
Mike Jenken
Coworker
September 30, 2020
Sincerest condolences to Gloria and the family on the passing of Barry. Barry was a unique and caring person who will be truly missed and long remembered.
Larry and Jill Miller
Friend
September 30, 2020
The world has lost a gem. It was an honour to work with Barry at Lakeport. His love showed everyone the right path. My heartfelt sympathy to everyone close to him. I will miss him too.
Kathleen Dussome
Coworker
September 30, 2020
Hi Gloria
We are extremely sorry to hear of Barry's passing.
Barry was a wonderful man and mentor and will be missed by any person who's life he has touched along his journey.
I know speaking from the Dimech family he will be sincerely missed and we thank him for being a special part of our lives !!
The Dimech Family
Ray Dimech
Friend
September 30, 2020
My sincere condolences to Mr. Campbell's family. Mr. Campbell changed my life when it came to understanding Math! For that I will be forever grateful. Rest in peace.
Sarah
Student
September 30, 2020
My sincerest condolences to the Campbell Family. Mr. Campbell was my Math teacher at West Park in 1979-1982. I just loved him and always thought of him as one of my favorite teachers. I was so happy to reconnect with him later on in the early 2000's when he tutored my son Matthew. He was great with Matthew and showed keen interest in Matthew when he was on the running team at Dennis Morris. I am so sorry to hear of his passing and sending my prayers to your family at this sad time. Sincerely Debra Hill (Lenchyshyn)
Debra Hill
Student
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