J. E. (Jack) Campbell

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Jack Campbell.

Jack was born in New Westminster, BC, on January 4th, 1931 to Tom & Freda Campbell, he passed away March 26th at his home on Saturna Island.

After graduating from high school in New Westminster he attended the Vancouver Art School (Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design) where he graduated with honors.

While working in Winnipeg he meet and married Mavis (nee Langdon) of Kent, England. They moved to Surrey in 1953 where he worked for several graphic design companies. In 1972 he and Mavis along with 3 children moved to Nelson where he taught at the Kootenay School of Art. Jack and Mavis separated in 1979 and he re-located to Osoyoos.

After Living on Osoyoos with Carole Keele for 3 years they moved back to New Westminster where he ran the Jack Campbell Gallery at Westminster Quay. For fourteen years Jack taught drawing and painting workshops for the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design Outreach Program. He also taught at various summer school and art organizations throughout the province.

In 1987 while traveling across Canada to Nova Scotia he and Carole were married in Lake Ainslie, Nova Scotia. In 1997 Jack and Carole moved to Saturna Island where they opened a gallery and became involved in various community activities.

Jack had over 30 one man exhibitions in British Columbia of his drawings, paintings and paper sculptures. He also participated in many group shows in Western Canada and Washington state. His work is in private and corporate collections throughout North America and Europe.

He was predeceased by his parents, his brothers Hughie and Jerold, grandson Sean, stepson Al, sister-in-law Marie and Marg and his brother-in-law Louie.

Jack is survived by his wife Carole, sister Dorothy, children Lynn Chambers (Jack), Brian Campbell, Dawn Cherry (Darcy), step-daughter Heather Roemer (Gerry Ranson). Ten grandchildren, Michael Chambers (Lydia), Daniel Chambers (Lareena), Chris Chambers (Carlie), Todd Campbell, Cory Campbell, Candice Kessler, David, Kessler (Emile), Sam Cherry (Xavier), Jessi Cherry and Matthew Sellin. Two great grandchildren, Elizabeth and Avery.

He will also be greatly missed by several nieces and nephews.

There will be a celebration of Jack’s life April 26th on Saturna Island.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Jack’s memory to the CNIB or Heart & Lung Association would be appreciated.

Although he is gone, he will always be loved and remembered every time we look at one of his beautiful pieces of art.


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