In loving memory of Allan Robert Campbell.
Passed away peacefully at Hyland Crest Long Term Care Home in Minden on Tuesday March 8, 2022.
Predeceased by his beloved wife Sandra (Loucks). Dear father of Rob (Roxanne) of Barrie, Greg of Minden, and Cheryl (Geoff) of Toronto. Loving Grandpa to Emily, Noah, and Audrey. Much loved brother of Linda (Jerry) Paine of Leamington. Remembered fondly by his dogs Destiny and Dyna.
Allan grew up in Walkerton, Ontario, the son of Robert Campbell and Jessie (Marie) Fiddis. After his parents divorced, most of the work of raising Allan was taken on by Marie and another strong woman: her mother (and Allan’s grandmother), Gertie (Pinkerton). An enthusiastic and talented athlete, Allan was a captain of his high school football team, as well as an officer in the school’s cadet corps. He met future wife Sandra who was also a student at the school, and the couple married in 1965. They eventually moved to Waterloo where they spent much of their life together and raised their children, before finally moving to Minden. Professionally Allan held a number of positions, starting with the bank as a young man and moving on to work as a maintenance planner, as well as starting his own dog walking business. He attended the University of Waterloo as a part-time mature student while also working full-time over a decade, eventually earning his Bachelor of Arts in 1990 (his major was Anthropology with a focus on Indigenous Studies). He graduated one day before his son Rob. At the same time, he jumped into action to support Sandra’s decision to return to school, taking on childcare duties and finding himself suddenly learning to cook many meals for his family: including his infamous creamed eggs. Sandra and Allan raised their children to be socially conscious, regularly having political discussions at the dinner table. Allanhad a special interest in environmental issues and a life-long love for animals.
In Allan’s later years he was confronted by many challenges including the loss of his vision, the loss of his life partner Sandra and the onset of dementia. Through it all Allan never lost the love of the things that were most important to him. He would spend months picking the perfect gift for someone and it is the time with family that Allan truly cherished. Allan lived independently, and with support, at home until only five months ago which is a testament to the resilience he had shown throughout his lifetime.
We are grateful for the support that he received from the CNIB, CELA Audiobook Library, the Haliburton Highlands Health Service (especially the GAIN program and home care) and Hyland Crest staff who offered exemplary care in his last days.
All friends and family are invited to a Celebration of Allan's life and barbecue at 1930 Bat Lake Road in Minden Hills on June 4 from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Guests are asked to please bring a lawn chair if possible.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to the Humane Society of Kawartha Lakes would be appreciated and can be arranged through the Gordon A. Monk Funeral Home Ltd., Minden, Ontario.