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.