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Richard Donald Campbell
April 18, 1940 ~ February 5, 2022 (age 81) 81 Years Old
Richard passed Saturday, February 5, 2022 at the Ross Memorial Hospital, Lindsay, Ontario in his 82nd year, after a very long and courageous battle with cancer. Born in Timmins, Ontario, Richard moved with his family to Lindsay, Ontario at a young age. He married his wife, Violet 62 years ago. He was predeceased by his parents Charles and Rose Campbell. Mourning his loss is his daughter Tammy-Anne Campbell of Hawaii and Richard (Rick) Campbell (Nicole) of Edmonton, Alberta. He was loved dearly by his grand daughter Tamara Campbell (affectionately called his little Pinhead) of Calgary, Alberta and his grand son Richard (RJ) Campbell of Peterborough. He had five great grandchildren, Emaleigh, Chloe, Kalen, Dion and Rylen. Emaleigh and Chloe were in Hawaii, but he loved them with his whole heart and they loved him just as much. They messaged back and forth frequently. He was always delighted when they sent pictures they had drawn for him and messages telling him he was the Best Papa in the entire world or universe. He had one sister Dorothy (Campbell/Davidson) Gerber of Peterborough. Predeceased by brothers Wallace (Wally) and Norman Campbell. He will be missed by sister in law Gwen Clark (John) and brother in law Leslie Barks (Wendy). He was loved by many nieces and nephews. Some very special people in his life were his sister in law Wendy Barks of Kitimat, BC with whom he could joke with continually by text every morning; his friend and helper Reginald Benoit of Lindsay and Sherry Brooks who was a friend and the Mother of his Grandchildren.
Richard had many occupations in his life. Learning to drive truck at the age of 12, he assisted his father while cutting blocks of ice from the canal in Pleasant Point, for the Campbell Ice Company. In later years he drove trucks, tractors and trailers between Ontario and Quebec. He was a part owner of the Grand Hotel in Lindsay, with the Neukirk’s, for a few years. Working with his wife Violet, they owned General Pools, where he installed many swimming pools still in use in and around the area. Richard moved onto building homes in Downeyville and Little Britain. In later years he went back to his first love, driving tractor trailer, carrying parts to General Motors. He built the family home on Bay Street in Lindsay, where he grew up. The neighbours were friends. He loved working away in the garage as he always wanted to be working at something.
His hobby and love in his last twelve years was riding the highways on his various motorcycles. He really liked his Red Honda Gold Wing Motorcycle and moved up to a beautiful Red Honda Gold Wing Trike Show Bike. It had more chrome than you see on the Stanley Cup and more lights than one would find on a Christmas tree. He was so proud of it and was able to make trips to New York (where his Great Grand Daughters loved to be passengers), Florida and to Nova Scotia. His last bike was a V-Star that his son will enjoy in the coming years.
Donations in his honour to A Place Called Home in Lindsay would be appreciated by the family. Cremation has taken place and it was Richard’s wish there be no service or funeral. Raise a glass to his memory, that would be enough.