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David Campbell

December 11, 1944 - September 11, 2009

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“Peacefully, at home after a short and courageous struggle with ALS, on September 15.

David was born on the RCAF base in Lethbridge Alberta in 1944 to David Maxwell Campbell (1914 – 1997) and Beverley Hazel Bridgman (1920 – 2009) a Vancouver-born Photographer. He grew up in Neilburg, Saskatchewan and Saskatoon. After a brief experiment as an itinerant folk-singer in the UK he studied Engineering at the University of Saskatchewan (’68). He also married Sharron Mary Fitzgerald in 1968, and together they moved to Victoria, BC, where David pursued marine engineering at Case Existological Labs. His projects included the Wolf Island Ferry in Kingston, Ontario and Vancouver’s Seabus.

In 1975 they moved to Cobble Hill with their son, Ian; their daughter Rebecca was born in Duncan later that year. In 1981 he retired from his profession and with Sharron started a business manufacturing kits and scale wood for model builders. IBEC occupied an unusual niche that allowed the couple a kind of independence and creativity. David designed and built elaborate, original machines for the manufacture of IBEC’s products, many of which featured Western Red Cedar, a material he loved and understood. Before his diagnosis he had begun to apply his knowledge and skill on a slightly larger scale as he renovated his retirement home using lumber he milled on his band saw.

Remarkable for his generosity, kindness and humour, we have often heard him called a gentleman in the last weeks. We plan a memorial next spring when we have completed his renovation project; please contact us if you wish to be included in the celebration.

Best beloved, and deeply missed by Wife Sharron, Son Ian (Stacia) and Daughter Rebecca. Sister Sheridan Bamman, Sisters- and Brothers-in-law, cousins, second cousins, nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and friends. Predeceased by his Father, David “Cam” Campbell (1914 – 1997) and Beverley Bridgeman (1920 – 2009).

Special thanks to the Gordon Family and his sister-in-law Paulette Fitzgerald, as well as the exceptional nurses of Community Home Care.”

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From: Stacey Van Hecke
Relation: Friend of Rebecca in high school

My grandfather recently passed away, and it was through looking online for his obituary that I came across David’s….I just want to say to Sharron, Rebecca, and Ian that I am so sorry for your loss- it is so hard to lose someone you love. I will pray for all of you, for God to give you strength during this difficult time. I remember Mr. Campbell as being a very kind and humble man who loved his home and family.

Rebecca, I would love to hear from you someday. My e-mail address is staceyvanhecke@yahoo.ca I am married now, and have a beautiful little girl. I live in Black Creek, B.C. (between Courtenay and Campbell River). Hope to hear from you….:o) Take care.

From: Stacey Van Hecke
Relation: Friend of Rebecca in high school

My grandfather recently passed away, and it was through looking online for his obituary that I came across David’s….I just want to say to Sharron, Rebecca, and Ian that I am so sorry for your loss- it is so hard to lose someone you love. I will pray for all of you, for God to give you strength during this difficult time. I remember Mr. Campbell as being a very kind and humble man who loved his home and family.

Rebecca, I would love to hear from you someday. My e-mail address is staceyvanhecke@yahoo.ca I am married now, and have a beautiful little girl. I live in Black Creek, B.C. (between Courtenay and Campbell River). Hope to hear from you….:o) Take care.

From: Sinjin Dixon-Warren
Relation: Built one of his dolls house kits.

Hello, maybe no one will see this. I am cleaning out my files as I prepare to move and I found some paperwork relating to IBEC Wood Products. I build one of David’s doll houses in the 1990s. It was a beautifully made kit and a real pleasure to assemble.

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