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Harold Fenwick Campbell

November 4, 1920 - September 12, 2014


Harold Fenwick Campbell, of Nelson, BC, died on Friday, September 12, 2014 at the age of 93. Born November 4,1920 in East Wentworth, Nova Scotia, to Ivan M. and Jessie (nee Smith) Campbell, Harold (Hal) was a quiet but passionate observer of life.

At age 20 Harold volunteered to serve in the Canadian Active Service Force signing up with the 87th/88th Field Artillery in Aldershot N.S. and trained in Petawawa, Ontario, where he transferred to the Service Corp due to a knee injury. He shipped out to England in 1942, had further training in Aldershot U.K. before leaving for the continent. Among other locations he served in Ghent Belgium, Nijmegen and Apeldoorn Netherlands and Germany. After VE day he volunteered for duty in the Pacific but Japan surrendered before he left England. He was mustered out of the army in 1946. 

After leaving the army he headed west with several friends to work in the Giant Mine in Yellowknife. A year later he left to work in the Sullivan mine in Kimberley, B.C. where he met his future wife, Thelma Bittman. They began their 66-year life together in Nelson where Hal worked for the CPR until his retirement over 30 years later having achieved the position of Yardmaster.

When Harold met Thelma in Kimberley in 1947 he knew she was the one for him. They raised their three children in Nelson and following their retirement they continued to indulge their love of travel by purchasing a camper for their pick-up truck and making numerous trips throughout Canada and the U.S. They especially loved visiting with family and friends and were able to extend their reach to visit relatives in Sweden and Mexico. In addition to travel Hal took up snowmobiling, and 4-wheeling, becoming one of the oldest if not the oldest member of the Sno-goers. At the age of 92 he could still be found on the ATV with his children and son-in-law exploring the mountains around Nelson.  His love of the West Kootenay’s was unbridled, only exceeded by his abiding affection for the Folly Mountain and Wentworth Valley areas of N.S.

Harold was predeceased by his parents and brother Ralph and sister Maxine. He is survived by his wife, Thelma (nee Bittman), and three children: son Arnold in Ottawa, Ont, and; son Ivan Andrew and wife Marion (nee Dunn) in South Surrey, B.C.; daughter Karen and husband Derrick MacDonald in Nelson. He is survived by eight grandchildren: Erin, Ivan U., Drew, Hallie, Eric, Tracy, Twyla and Nancy. He is also survived by great-grandchildren Margaret, Michael and Marcus.  

Harold will be deeply missed by his family.  He enjoyed life, was generous with his time, accommodated what life handed him and did his best to leave the world a bit better off than he found it. He was a patient, loving and kind man, with a passion for the outdoors and people watching. He will be remembered by all as a true gentleman; a kind and sweet man, whose mild-mannered exterior belied his passion for life.



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From: Thompson Funeral Service Ltd. Staff

Thompson Funeral Service Ltd. Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Mike McClenaghan
Relation: Friend

Hi Thelma, so sorry to hear about the loss of your husband Harold. I remember when we both worked at Safeway and Harold was always there to pick you up after work.I’m grateful that I had the chance to know Harold. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.
Mike McClenaghan

From: Trish Brooks
Relation: Friend of Arnold - son

Arnold, I am so sorry to hear about your Dad. I’ll be thinking of you on Friday. Lots of love, Trish

From: Linda Zeznik
Relation: friend of Karen

Dear Karen & family,
I am thinking of you during this sad time, and sending you Love.
Your Dad seems like a very lovely man indeed.
Prayers for your family

From: Dan Ashman and the AM Ford Staff
Relation: A very good Friend

Thelma and family,
Thelma please accept our condolences. It’s with heavy hearts that we hear about Haley’s passing. Haley was more than a customer at AM Ford, he was our friend and most would say part of the AM Ford family. Haley will be missed, especially his sense of humour and his infectious smile. We all have great memories of Haley and his many visits to the dealership over the years.

All our thoughts and prayers are with you and the Campbell family at this sad time.

From: Wendall Clifford
Relation: Fellow employee

So sorry to hear of Halley”s passing. Condolences to the entire family.
RIP Harold.

Service Schedule

  Funeral Service

Date & Time:
September 19, 2014
Beginning at 1:00pm

Cathedral of Mary Immaculate

Nelson, BC Canada

Father Conrado Beloso as Celebrant
burial will follow at Nelson Memorial Park Cemetery

Nelson, BC Canada

Memorial Gifts

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to:

Broader Horizons Senior Centre

905 Gordon Road,
Nelson, BC

Thank You Notice

The family thanks Dr. Sawyer.

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