May 18, 1936 – April 30, 2019
We are very sad to announce the passing of David Robert Keith Campbell on April 30, 2019 at Victoria General Hospital. Keith was born May 18, 1936 in Trail, British Columbia to James Archibald Phillips and Vera Elliott Cooper.
Keith is preceded in death by both parents, his step father Davie Campbell and his sisters Elaine Claire Robinson and Lynn Claudine Barr. His beloved wife, Darlene Anne Campbell, known to family and friends as Toni, passed away in 1976 and as a result he spent the majority of his life as a single parent. He is survived by his sister Vera Marianne Fourt, daughter Corrie Lynn Campbell, her partner Roberta Ann Campbell, his grandson James Brian Campbell as well as his daughter Jeanne Elaine Campbell and his granddaughter Toni Cassidy Campbell.
During his last few years Keith’s health began to fail and he spent his last year with Corrie and her family in Victoria. However, Keith was a long-time member of the Castlegar community, working at Celgar Pulp Company throughout the 70s, 80s and early 90s until retiring from a staff position. His strong work ethic and good humour made him a valued member of the Celgar team and he is well regarded to this day.
In his retirement years, Keith dedicated his life to his family and friends, often going out of his way to help them with their home or business or to do unsolicited favours. Many children benefited from his weakness for buying chocolate on sale. He volunteered many hours to the local speed watch program and enjoyed working with police. Throughout his life Keith loved his dogs and donated to many animal charities.
Keith took particular joy in spending time with and caring for his granddaughter Toni and for many years was rarely seen without her by his side. While in Victoria he would enlist grandson James to go shopping and for lunch or for a ride wherever he needed to go.
Never at a loss for words, Keith was a man of great wit and humour and could always be relied upon to bring levity to almost any situation.
In honour of Keith, his family is having a “Celebration of Life” ceremony, to be held at the Castlegar Sandman Hotel, May 11th at 2 pm. All friends touched by the life of our dad are invited to attend.
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