George Anthony Campbell
It is with profound sadness and a great sense of loss that we announce the passing of George Anthony Campbell, Age 60, on March 31, 2022, surrounded by his loving family. Born in New Victoria on July 5, 1961, George was the son of Michael Campbell and the late Margaret (Peggy) MacNeil.
George attended Breton Education Center where he met the love of his life, Susan (McLeod) whom he cherished with all his heart. They went on to share 46 beautiful and fulfilling years together and raised their two sons who were his pride and joy. The respect and love he had for his marriage and his commitment to his sons were undeniable.
At an early age, George spent countless hours playing pond hockey, road hockey, baseball, and swimming in New Victoria. As he got older, he played mosquito baseball, minor hockey and was a member of the Breton Education Centre high school hockey team. George was also a long-time member of the New Waterford Old Timers hockey team. George coached baseball and was also involved in various levels of minor hockey and elite hockey in a coaching capacity. He was a beloved and respected volunteer, coach, mentor, and father figure to many of the young players. If there was a sporting game on television, George was watching it. His loyalty never wavered from his Montreal Canadiens, and he never shied away from the friendly taunting from his Toronto Maple Leafs buddies.
George worked 46 years at Ocean Fuels Service Station in River Ryan. He started out as a gas attendant and quickly learned his mechanic skills. George worked shoulder to shoulder with his brother-in-law and lifelong friend, Raymond MacDonald. George's strong work ethic and dedication to his job, his customers and the MacDonald family could not be measured. The word “No” was not in his vocabulary and it didn’t matter what time of day a customer called – he was always there to help. George was referred to by many as everyone’s favorite mechanic.
George had a passion for travel, especially to his second home in North Carolina and to Disney World in Florida. He wished everyone could experience the magic of Disney at least once in their lives and he made that possible for many of his family and friends. He made annual trips to Jamaica and the Dominican Republic where he made many lasting friendships. He was affectionally known by the locals as King George and Santa George as he regularly brought bikes, soccer balls, baseballs, gloves, bats, footwear, and clothing to the kids twice a year. George was a generous man with an endless passion for helping and giving to others, especially the less fortunate. George’s generosity spread far and beyond our community. If the true measure is in the lives he has touched and in the good deeds he has done, then George has certainly delivered in his 60 years with us.
George was a devoted family man and cherished the time he spent with family and friends. He enjoyed long weekend drives, hikes, beach days, Pictionary and Rumoli nights, shopping trips to Maine, his annual Superbowl parties, watching Die Hard and Lethal Weapon movies over and over again and listening to Alan Jackson. He had a passion for making people laugh. A storyteller extraordinaire. He could remember & tell a joke like no other. With his infectious laughter and wit, he left a lasting impression on everyone who crossed his path. People gravitated toward him, especially children of all ages. Despite never having grandchildren of his own, he was affectionately known as Poppy G by many, and he was very proud of that title.
George will be forever loved and missed by his wife, Susan, his sons; Matthew (Melissa) and Kristopher (Jocelyn), sisters; Lorraine (Raymond) MacDonald, Sharon (Greg) MacMaster, Bernadette Campbell, brothers; Michael (Jane), Robbie (Alana), Bruce (Corrine), Blaise (Joanne), Hector (Tracey), Glen (Liza); sisters and brothers in-law; George (Mary), Alex (Delphine), Jim, Emma, Ella, as well as many nieces and nephews, and by his Godchildren, Brian, Shannon & Alistair whom he loved dearly.
George was predeceased by his mother, Margaret (Peggy), sisters; Mary (Scott) Blenkhorn, Colleen Campbell and by mother-in-law, Nellie (Bishop) McLeod.
The family would like to thank the Palliative Care team and the VON nurses who provided George with the upmost care and compassion during the last few months of his illness which he fought with determination, courage and without complaint. A special thank you is extended to our family and friends who gave us their constant love and support during the last 15 months.
We were all so blessed to have had George in our lives. He taught us, by example, generosity, kindness, respectfulness, humility, and unconditional love.
- a husband, father, brother, uncle & friend – loved by all –
Donations in George’s memory can be made to the Palliative Care Unit at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital.
Cremation has taken place. Funeral Mass will be held on Monday, April 4, 2022, at 10 am in the Parish of Saint Leonard, with Father Peter McLeod and Father Jim Oliver officiating, followed by a luncheon at the K.O.C. on Plummer Avenue.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of McLellan Brothers Funeral Home, 3183 Plummer Ave, New Waterford, 902-862-7500.