Campbell, Joe

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                                    JOE CAMPBELL
                              Miramichi’s Busiest Person
                                  By Janice Cowan


Joe Campbell has always been a busy person, but his life during the past few days has been nothing short of hectic. On Thursday evening, at the annual meeting of the Hotel Dieu and Mount St. Joseph Hospital Board, Campbell was made an honorary member of the board. On Friday evening Miramichi Council 1219 Chatham Knights of Columbus, held an appreciation night in Joe's honour. Saturday he attended the annual dinner of the 2nd Field Battery Association. Finally on Sunday, Joe Campbell became a freeman of the Town of Newcastle at the official opening of Newcastle Canada Davs.

Major S. Joseph Campbell was born in Newcastle, the son of George Robert Campbell and Anne Jane (Scott) Campbell. He was one of five boys and three girls.

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"I was educated on the Miramichi. I've worked on the Miramichi and I hope to die on the Miramichi," said Campbell this week. Eighty on his next birthday, Campbell said, "When I talked to Lord Beaverbrook shortly after he reached 80 he told me, 'It's the last turn on the road.’”

"I retired as the manager of the National Employment Office in 1968, but I'm still active. As we learned in the Artillery, we never retire, we just advance in the other direction."

Even many of his closest friends don't know just how "active" Joe really is and has been during his 80 years in Newcastle. For 35 years he was Service Officer for the Royal Canadian Legion, Miramichi Branch 10. This involved taking care of any needs of veterans. He helped veterans or their dependants who were experiencing difficulty of any kind obtaining pensions, medical or financial help, scholarships and educational help. The Legion made him the Honorary President of Branch 10 and in 1976 he received the Meritorious Service Medal, the highest honor of the Legion.

Joe is a Fourth Degree member Knights of Columbus in the Father Dixon Council Newcastle, and a member of the Miramichi Council, Bishop Hill Chapter. He's a past State Deputy of the N.B. Knights of Columbus. He's a past president of Newcastle Rotary Club and a 'Paul Harris Fellow’ one of the Rotary's highest awards. For the past 21 years he has been Newcastle representative on the Hotel Dieu and Mount St. Joseph Hospital Board and has been chairman of the Board on three different occasions. Joe was also elected as a member of the N.B. Hospital Association and served as president of the NBHA for three years.

Joe was a teacher for 10 years graduating from Teacher's College in 1923. His students used to call him "Sunny Jim".

At the outbreak of war he mobilized the 28th Field Battery and was its first commander. During the war he was a gunnery instructor in Petewawa and a special instructor for gunnery in England in 1941.

Joe and his wife, the former Ann Marie Hawley of Glace Bay, N.S., live on Water Street, Newcastle. Their home, which was purchased by his parents, overlooks the Miramichi River.

Mr. Campbell's first wife, Marie Whalen, died in 1960.


Source: Miramichi Weekend – July 03, 1981

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