CAMP­BELL Joel Dou­glas

The News (New Glasgow) - - LIFESTYLES -

Joel Camp­bell took off dur­ing a beau­ti­ful sun­rise on 28 De­cem­ber 2018 at the age of 72. He fought a brave bat­tle against a long ill­ness which he saw as just a new chal­lenge to over­come. He was eter­nally op­ti­mistic and never com­plained. He is sur­vived by his wife Di­ane, chil­dren Shawn (Tracey), Laura (Binyam) and Loel (Emily), grand­son Caden, his brothers (Ross, Paul, Jimmy) sis­ter (Cindy), cousin Sean, and their fam­i­lies. He was pre­de­ceased by his par­ents Adrian and Gra­cia and brother, David (Ca­role). Joel learned to be strong at an early age. This con­trib­uted to his in­cred­i­ble work ethic, which helped him as he was never dealt or took an easy path. He be­lieved in dream­ing and dream he did. Un­con­ven­tional and full of ideas, he was an au­to­mo­tive tech­ni­cian, en­tre­pre­neur, found­ing mem­ber of the Stel­lar­ton Busi­ness As­so­ci­a­tion, Pres­i­dent of the Nova Sco­tia Gas Deal­ers As­so­ci­a­tion, early adopter of tech­nol­ogy, trav­eler and Win­ter sleep’s big­gest fan. He and Di­ane were mar­ried for 46 years. They were a com­mit­ted team work­ing side by side to run their busi­ness which they es­tab­lished in 1971 and raise their fam­ily. His whole life was his wife and his chil­dren. Of all things in his rich life, he was most proud of and sat­is­fied with their three chil­dren whom he con­sid­ered his great­est achieve­ment and which he passed along his re­lent­less work ethic to. He loved to talk about all of them and was care­ful to al­ways do so in equal pro­por­tion. He en­abled his chil­dren to live their dreams (their dreams be­came his dreams). He is so present in his three chil­dren. With Di­ane, he fol­lowed his son across North Amer­ica. He loved to sur­prise Loel by show­ing up to some of his con­certs from Cal­i­for­nia to New­found­land. He fol­lowed his daugh­ter to Africa mak­ing it his goal to get to see her in Ethiopia af­ter open heart surgery. He made it and loved it! He loved his daily calls with her. He al­ways told her she could do any­thing and was amazed at all the places she went. His son Shawn was his con­stant com­pan­ion - ba­si­cally since he could walk. They would talk for hours, mak­ing plans and fig­ur­ing out their next move (some of which Shawn didn’t have much of a say in as a child!). He was al­ways happy to have his grand­son, Caden, around and they shared a spe­cial bond. He al­ways looked for­ward to his hugs, hockey games and shar­ing the won­der­ous qual­i­ties of the world with him. Joel never missed or took a sin­gle sun­rise for granted at the fam­ily cot­tage. He would want to get down there early and stay down for as long as pos­si­ble in the sea­son – he could not have en­joyed the cot­tage more. He started go­ing to the YMCA af­ter com­plet­ing the Car­dio Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Pro­gram and never stopped. Rep­re­sent­ing the Pro­gram at the Johnny Miles Walk was a spe­cial hon­our. Mu­sic had a spe­cial place in Joel’s life, he found a lot of com­fort in it and con­nected to it deeply. Mu­sic was Joel’s pulse and he had Win­ter sleep play­ing as he went un­der his by­pass surgery. It was a great mo­ti­va­tor. Joel pas­sion­ately en­gaged with peo­ple – al­ways in­ter­ested in things peo­ple had to say and would take every op­por­tu­nity to learn. He knew who he was and was al­ways him­self. He was so gen­uine and hon­est. “Pretty good for a young fella”. In lieu of flow­ers, please wake up early to watch the sun­rise. Dona­tions to the Heart and Stroke Foun­da­tion and Cana­dian Di­a­betes As­so­ci­a­tion would also be ap­pre­ci­ated. Spe­cial thanks to Jen­nifer, the VON, his many doc­tors, nurses, health care work­ers and his life­long friends Dougie and Fred­die A CEL­E­BRA­TION OF JOEL’S LIFE WILL BE HELD ON A DAY AND TIME TO BE AN­NOUNCED. AR­RANGE­MENTS ARE UN­DER THE DI­REC­TION OF THE H.C. MACQUARRIE FU­NERAL CHAPEL, STEL­LAR­TON.

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