John Lawrence Campbell, age 74, peacefully passed away on Wednesday, November 28th, atRoyal Jubilee Hospital in Victoria, BC. after a long battle with numerous health challenges. BornMarch 18, 1944 to Larry and Thelma Campbell, John spent his youth in Vancouver beforemoving to Victoria in 1968. John enjoyed a long teaching career in the Victoria School District,where he worked primarily in special education, and was loved by his students. Children weredrawn to John’s gentleness and acceptance of them, and he always enjoyed their company.John was an easy man to be around, and like his mother, knew how to tell a great story, oftenwithout exact facts getting in the way of the narrative. There are few in John’s life that can eatsalmon or taste a good scotch whiskey without thinking of times spent with him, at his home, ina campsite, or on his boat.
An avid outdoorsman, described as “an oak of a man”, John could often be found hiking trails,canoeing lakes, and exploring the waters around Vancouver Island. Over the past two decades,John and his wife Cathy were regular explorers of the coast of BC on their boat, the Evening StarOne, and were a fixture in Refuge Cove, Desolation Sound, where John was affectionatelyknown as “The Prawn King”.
John will be missed by his loving wife Cathy (Jupp), his children: Jordan (Alice) Campbell, Joshua(Karen Melville) Campbell, Jessica (John) McPhee, Jill (Adam) Regan, Julia (Ryan) Johnston, hisstepson Ben Knight, and his 10 grandchildren, whom he loved very much.
A celebration of John’s life will be held in the Spring of 2019 at the Royal Victoria Yacht Club,and again in the summer of 2019 in Desolation Sound.