It is with great sadness that the family of Melvin “Mel” Winlock Campbell announces his passing which occurred on November 24, 2020 at the Dr. V.A. Snow Centre in Hampton, NB. Born on September 29, 1932 in West Saint John, he was the son of the late Charles and Luella “Pat” (Cole) Campbell.
Mel was employed with the City of Saint John Fire Department on October 1959 where he began as a holiday Relief Fire Fighter. Over the years he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant, then Captain, and finally District Chief where he remained until his retirement in December of 1993. In his early years he was a member of the curling team with the Saint John Fire Department and later on was one of the original members of the Saint John Fire Fighters Pipe and Drum Band Local 771. Outside of his Fire Department job, Mel was also an original member of the Saint John Judo Club, and after obtaining his black belt as 1st dan went on to be a Judo Instructor at the local YMCA to the youth of Saint John for many years.
Mel moved his family to Hampton in 1972 where he was a past Hampton Volunteer Fire Fighter and their Training Officer. He was also a member of the Hampton Fire Department Retirees Association and belonged to Saint Paul’s Anglican Church.
He loved his opera music, dancing classes, swimming, walking, gardening and especially cooking Chinese food for family and friends at gatherings. During his retirement, he loved spending many hours in his loft building from scratch, a large HO scale train diorama complete with bridges, buildings, and rivers which the grandchildren loved playing with.
Besides his wife Sylvia of 60 years, he is survived by his three sons: Phillip (Carolyn) of Fort McMuray, Alberta, Clay (Natalie) of Saint John, New Brunswick and Eric (Desiree) of Calgary, Alberta; six grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
The family would like to sincerely thank all the nurses and staff of the Dr. V.A. Snow Centre for the care given to Mel and his family. Your kindness and compassion will not be forgotten.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Reid’s Funeral Home (506-832-5541), 1063 Main Street, Hampton, NB. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, a celebration of Mel’s life will be held at a later date. Donations in memory of Mel may be made to the Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation (CFFF) or to the charity of the donor’s choice. Personal condolences to the family and donations may be made through ReidsFH.com