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Campbell, Claude Andrew

August 4, 1916 – Leduc, AB
December 25, 2014 – Invermere, BC

Claude has left us for his last great adventure – “Up, Up, Into the Wide Blue Yonder.”

Born in Leduc, Alberta, Claude and his twin brother Kenneth helped on the family farm until his schooling was completed. He attended the University of Alberta where he earned Arts and Law Degrees, graduating in 1942. He then joined the Royal Canadian Air Force, became a pilot and was stationed in Britain from 1944 to 1945 where he visited Scotland, London and Oxford several times.

In 1946 Claude married Jean Fowler (died 1978) and later that year they moved to Peace River where they raised three children. Claude established a General Law practice which he continued over the next thirty-two years. For a time he served as a Magistrate and a Town Councillor. He was a founding member of the Sagitawa Friendship Centre. Claude was also a long time member of the Peace River Flying Club, the Rotary Club and Peace Players. His hobbies included gardening, fishing, sailing and skiing. In the early 1970’s he returned to his farm roots, breeding and training harness horses for over 28 years until he was 76 years old, a joy he shared with his son Rod.

Claude married Shirley Douglas (nee Chegwidden) in 1983 and they lived in Peace River, Alberta and Duncan, Penticton and Invermere, B.C. He enjoyed various roles in amateur theatre work and also was a great supporter of Rotary International, The World Federalists, the United Nations and the Suzuki Foundation.

Spanning six decades Claude was an avid traveler in Canada, Britain, USA, Europe, Mediterranean, Cook Islands, New Zealand, Australia, Mexico and the Caribbean.

Claude was predeceased by his brothers Douglas (2006) and Kenneth (2002) and his sister-in-law, Margaret (2003).

This vigorous, intelligent, philosophical and adventurous man will be missed by his widow Shirley, his sister-in-law Marjorie, his children Roderick (Diane), Sheena Cunningham (Allan) and Heather; his step sons Ross Douglas (Susan), Roger Scott-Douglas (Deborah), Nairne Scott-Douglas (Anita) and Alasdair Douglas (Nancy Celetti); his grandsons Blair Cunningham (Lauren Semchuk) and Scott Cunningham (Yvonne Raymond) as well as his step-grandchildren Hugh (Lara), Graeham, Gregor (Rosa Kassen), Kathryn (Emmett Campbell), Jacqueline, Stefanie, Hannah, Kristen and Meghan.

Claude cared deeply for all his family and we all loved him.

Cremation will take place in Calgary. A family celebration of Claude’s life will take place at a later date. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

In living memory of Claude Campbell, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Park Memorial, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Calgary, AB, T2S 2L5, Telephone: 1-800-661-1599.

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  1. Ken & Debra Fisher :

    Dear Shirley & family,
    So sad to hear of Claude’s passing. He was such an amazing man, husband, father and loyal friend to all. His dry humor and community spirit will be so very much missed. Rotary won’t be the same without his teachable moments of witt! I hope your being surrounded by your family and letting them take care of you. Please know that we are here for you and don’t be afraid to ask…even for a hot cup of tea! Love and Hugs, Ken and Deb

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  2. Shirley,
    I am so sorry to hear of Claude’s passing. I hope that a tomorrow will bring you comfort and peace. And when you come back to Invermere, please come for a cup of tea – a long warm hug is waiting for you.

    Sincerely,
    Eileen Weir

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  3. Shirley,
    I only recently heard of Claude’s passing. It was so nice to see you both just before Christmas. What a wonderful life he lived and what a wonderful companions you were for each other. I know you will miss him very much. I send you much love for you and your family. My teapot is always on for you.

    “God gave us memories so we might have roses in Springtime”
    -Betty and Carol

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  4. Rod, Sheena, Heather
    Just read of your father’s passing while presently on holiday in New Zealand. As a young teacher arriving in Peace River in 1969, he and your mother became great friends to me. Claude introduced me to many adventures-fishing weekends, flights over Peace River, amateur theatricals, hay making at Manzer Avenue. Glad to have been able to visit Shirley and he in Duncan and Invermere. A good friend and gentleman.
    My sympathies to you and to Shirley.

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  5. Jenny Oslie (Dearmer) :

    Rod, Sheena and Heather
    I read of your father’s death in the Record Gazette, Peace River, and my heart goes out to all of you. Thinking of Claude brings back so many memories as he and Jean gave me a new home and family to help me through the first years of my life in Canada. I arrived from England, young and alone, in 1970 to teach in the high school where Jean was already teaching. Spent many a pleasant evening in your home, and most specially spent my first Christmas away from my large family in England with all of you. Joined Claude in Peace Players, enjoying much fun and laughter in our many productions of ‘Sorry Bout That’. He was such a kind and gentle man, a father figure and guide to me. God bless him now and give him his well-earned rest. And may you find peace and comfort as you journey on. Thanks for your thoughtfulness in letting us know in Peace River the news of his passing.

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