Robert John Campbell

October 4, 1951 to June 17, 2022


Rob died peacefully in the presence of his loving family.  Left to mourn his loss and celebrate his life, his loving wife of 48 years Betty (O’Neill), his beloved children Gillian and Andrew and his cherished grandchildren, Arabella, Ariana, Avery and Camren Campbell; brother Scott (Cathy) Campbell, sisters Susan (Michael) Murray, Anne (Janet Lenover) Campbell; brothers-in-law Reg (Paula), Ed, Paul (Andrea), Adrian (Vita) and an extended circle of life-long friends and relatives.

Predeceased by his parents Angus and Maureen (O’Reilly) Campbell, his precious grandmother, Mary (Halley) Campbell who lived with Rob and Betty for a few years, his infant brother, Richard and his parents-in-law Bill and Olive (Kent) O’Neill and sister-in-law Mary O’Neill.

Rob had a wide circle of associates from work and long time friends from St. Bon’s, Gonzaga and King’s College NS. Rob completed studies at Memorial University and the College of the North Atlantic.

After his professional training, Rob worked with his father, Angus Campbell, in his architectural firm and benefited greatly from his dad’s mentorship before striking out on his own with other architectural firms and then with the provincial and federal governments in Public Works. He had a real flare for design and worked for many years in association with others in the architectural community. In his years at Public Works Canada his co-workers always counted on Rob for his support.

Rob deeply loved and was dedicated to his family and he experienced tremendous joy when his grandchildren were near.  He was a man who had a deep reservoir of humour, sense of fun and comedy. He had a great love of animals and enjoyed an assortment of beloved family dogs. His two dogs Crosby and Sydney miss him dearly.

Rob’s compassion and kindness for others and his work has always been marked by his ability of finding the good in others.

Rob was a man of deep faith, he served in his parish life as a pastoral minister for many years both at St. Pius X and in visiting seniors in various long term care homes. His presence was always a welcome one to the frail elderly folks who shared their memories with him.

Rob faced his illness with fortitude, strength, and his abiding faith. The family extends their gratitude for support from a wide circle of friends, neighbours, faith community, and all the excellent health professionals for their compassionate care.

Donations in Rob’s memory can be made to the Dr. H. Bliss Murphy Cancer Care Foundation, The Gathering Place, or a charity of your choice.

Cremation has already taken place. Visitation will be held at Carnell’s Funeral Home, on Monday, June 20, 2022 from 2-4 pm and 6-9pm.  Funeral service will take place at The Carnell Memorial Chapel on Tuesday, June 21, 2022 at 11:00 am with interment at Belvedere Roman Catholic Cemetery, St John’s.




2-4 p.m. on June 20, 2022

6-9 on June 20, 2022

Carnell’s Funeral Home
329 Freshwater Road
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11:00am, Tuesday June 21st

The Carnell Memorial Chapel
329 Freshwater Road
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I was sorry to hear of Rob’s passing. He was a coworker of mine at Public Works and a very genuine man. His love for family was evident in all our talks.

Ramona Ryan

I am sorry to say that only today I learned of Rob’s passing. as I happened to run into his brother-in-law Ed.
Over the years I would run into Rob and Betty and we would have great chats. Rob was so glad to see you . Big smile and so genuine. A real gentleman. My condolences to Betty and all the family.

Dear Anne & Janet, I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your dear brother and brother-in-law. My deepest sympathy to you & your family.

Dear Anne, There are no words to ease the pain of loss of a dear brother. His obituary gives evidence of a life well lived and one who made a positive difference on our world. May his memory be a blessing for all who loved him.

Sincere condolences to his family on Rob’s passing.. RIP

I am so sorry to hear of Rob’s passing. God speed my friend.

Betty, so sorry to hear of Rob’s passing. We got to know Rob from our time at PWGSC. Rob was such a gentle and caring soul, he always had a smile whenever we saw him. Our condolences to you and your family. May he rest in peace.

To all of Rob’s family. So sorry to hear this news of Rob’s passing. Haven’t seen Rob in sometime . Have lasting memories of when we ran into each other he always had a big smile to share and was always up for a catch-up chat. He was a true gentleman and no doubt will be missed. Cherish the great memories you all have . RIP my friend.

Sincere condolences on Rob’s passing.

So very sad to hear of Rob’s passing. Sending our love to all the family. Rob was such a kind and generous man. We have wonderful memories of visiting with him in 2018 when we were last home. Betty, Anne, Scott, Sue, all the family — our hearts are with you.

To Robs’s family we offer our sincere condolences in your loss. I volunteered in Pastoral Care at the seniors home with Rob and can honestly say all the seniors we visited loved him. He was a very giving, personable person who I’ve prayed for ever since his first surgery. The void he leaves will never be filled but hopefully all the wonderful memories you have will help you cope. God bless you all.

Please accept our sincerest condolences on Rob’s passing. May your fondest memories and faith bring you peace and strength at this difficult time.

Marg Thomas and family

Dear Robs family. As a past fellow worker at PWGSC I had the great pleasure to see and often speak with Rob. I’ll always remember his smile, quite, calm reassuring personality , words he spoke.
You have my deepest sympathy in his passing, your great loss for sure. May his soul RIP.

Betty and family,
So sorry to hear of Rob’s passing. I know he was a wonderful husband, father and grandfather. I have many fond memories of Rob that make me smile. I really hope all your fond memories of Rob will help you through this difficult time. He was such a wonderful person. Our deepest condolences to you and your family.

Alexis and John

To the Campbell family,

So sorry to hear of Rob’s passing. He was such a wonderful friendly person at PWGSC. Always a smile and a nice story to share! He was certainly missed when he retired! The picture you choose of him, is exactly how I will always remember him. My deepest condolences to his family .

Patricia Chaulk

I’m very sorry to hear about the passing of Uncle Rob. I have great memories of him from over the years. He was kind hearted and always left you with a smile on your face.
Thinking of you all at this time.
Tim, Sylvia and Nico

Linda and I send our most sincere condolences on the loss of Rob. He was indeed a fine gentleman, someone we were honoured to know. May the many happy memories you have of Rob bring you peace.

Bette and Family
I am so sorry to hear of Rob’s passing. He was a wonderful man and will be greatly missed. Thinking of you all at this time

Betty Gilliam and Andrew I’m so sorry for your loss

Betty and family
My sincere condolences to you and your family at this very sad time.
I worked with Rob for many years at Public Works.
He was a friend you could rely on when AutoCAD help was needed or just for a friendly chat.

Such very sad news. My sincerest condolences to Rob’s family. One of the finest gentleman and most gentle souls I’ve ever met. Was lucky to have met Rob and worked with him for many years. It was my pleasure to have known him. RIP my friend.

Betty, Andrew, Gillian & Campbell/O’Neill families.
Our deepest sympathy to you at this difficult time.
Rob was truly a great friend from the time of growing up until the very end. Each time we spoke or met we shared a good laugh over the times we spent together on Osbourne and Shea Streets. Rob was the only person I knew that could mimic a police siren and get cars to pull over.! Oh, the memories I have where we discussed topics from health to politics and more. The wise cracks, jokes and laughter will remain with me forever.
In summation, Rob was kind, fair and honest. If you combine those attributes with a talent for logic & reasoning, add a great sense of humour, a passion for life, his intelligence and love for his dogs and embracing the responsibility of being a devoted husband & father, then you have the recipe for a great friend. Rest in peace my friend.
Tony & Denise Norman

Sorry to hear of Robs’ passing. I worked with Rob at ProDesCo… many years ago and he was a true gentleman. We both had many laughs together. He was a very dedicated and sincere worker and could be counted on to get things done in a timely manner. May he rest in peace. Jim Gruchy

Our deepest sympathy to all the Campbell family on the passing of our great friend Rob. I grew up on osbourne st. and have been friends with Rob since I was 4 years old . He will be greatly missed..and never forgotten he was always there to help anybody, anytime anywhere. God speed

Condolences to Betty, Gilliian, Andrew and all the Campbell family. Rob loved his family and always spoke highly of his children and grandchildren. Rob was a true gentleman and had a great sense of humour. He will be missed by all who knew him. Rest easy my friend..

Condolences to all Rob’s family and friends. Rob and I grew up together, next door, since I was about 3 years old until I left to go up-along. I had only learned this sad news this morning from Rob Gute, the other best friend, from across the street, since we were kids. Memories of our friendship will last all my days, bless you all, David Nicol.

To Betty., Gillian, Andrew and all the Campbell family our deepest sympathy. We are deeply sorry for your loss.. Robert was such a kind and generous neighbor,
always willing to help, even at a short notice. His advice
was always appreciated and only given in his kind way,
so that one never felt he knew it all, but he was just willing to help where possible. He was surely a true gentleman, who taught us many
valuable lessons for us to imitate.. May all your wonderful memories of him keep you strong during those coming days. May God
Bless ALL of you with strength and peace, is our prayer for you at this time.. May Robert
rest in peace but we will surely miss him.. Just remember those famous words, “.Death leaves a heartache, no one can heal..
Love leaves a memory , no one can steal..”

Dear Sue and Campbellfamily
My deepest condolences on the passing of your brother Rob. Such a young and wonderful man May he Rest In Peace. Thinking of you at this time
Best Regards
Pamela Brown

Sincere condolences to Rob’s family. He was one of the nicest , most genuine people I remember from PWGSC. .

To Betty, Gillian, Andrew and all the Campbell family, my heartfelt condolences on the loss of Robert, your husband, father, grandfather, and brother. As a distant cousin on the O’Reilly side, Rob and I often chatted about family history. I remember how much my Mom loved his visits, when he brought Holy Communion to her at her retirement home. A very kind man, Rob will be missed by all who knew him. May he rest in peace.

Betty, Gillian, Andrew and family, Our deepest condolences on the loss of your husband and father. Rob was a wonderful co-worker and a dear friend at PWGSC. He will be greatly missed and remembered always. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

To Beth, Gillian, Andrew (children) and Rob’s sisters and brother.
It has been over forty years of a good and constant friendship with Rob and you all. Thank you for that great gift.
It is with joyful hearts that we remember Rob’s life and celebrate what he brought to it.
God bless you all. God speed to Rob.

Shannon and Frank Boland

So sorry to hear of Rob’s passing. Sincerest condolences to all his family.
Ray and Ellen Alcock

Our deepest condolences to you all.

Betty I’m so sorry for your loss. He is in my prayers, as is all his family.

My sincerest condolences to all the family.
I only met him a few times at your moms but could see he was a very nice man—fun to talk to.
may he rest in peace

I am saddened to hear of Rob’s passing. I had the pleasure of knowing Rob when we both worked with PWGSC. Rob was highly regarded and very talented in his profession. It was always a pleasure to be in his company. My deepest condolences to Rob’s family. RIP Rob.

My love and prayers are with you all as you mourn the loss of your dear brother.. from all that has been written, it is obvious that, Rob was a wonderful person. He will be missed by all of you who loved him so well.

Betty, Gillian, Andrew family and friends, I feel remarkably saddened at your terrible loss.
My world feels a much lesser place without Robert in it.

Anne, Scott and Susan,

I am so sorry to hear of Rob’s passing. He was a wonderful guy, and I had many chats with him at Mass at St. Pius X Church. My thoughts and prayers are with you and all the family at this difficult time.

Dianne (Holwell) O’Mara

Our condolences. With heartfelt sorrow,

We are so sad to learn that Bob has passed.He was a kind,gentle man with a big heart.Whenever he was asked for a helping hand he jumped right in to help out.

He will be greatly missed at St.Pius X parish where he freely offered his help in many different ministeries.

May his soul R.I.P.

My condolences to Betty and family. Rob was always such a classy guy and I was always happy when I got the chance to work with him. He could always bring humour to any situation. He leaves a great legacy. Rest in peace my friend.

Betty, Gillian, Andrew and all the Campbell and O’Neill families. So very sorry to hear of Rob’s passing, please accept our deepest condolences.
Molly Boland and family.

Rob was a great friend and co-worker at Pwgsc who I enjoyed laughing with. Our condolences to your family.

I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Rob. I know it is a great loss to you and your family. Your are all in my thoughts and prayers May he rest in peace and may you be comforted by happy memories of him and the life he lived so well.

I worked with Rob at Public Works, he was a great guy, I remember when he retired and we all wore plaid shirts to his retirement party as Rob always wore plaid shirts!

Sorry for your loss

Sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. Great guy. Spent time in his. Company during the 60’s.. R..I.P., Bob

Our sincere condolences. We are sorry to hear of your loss and will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.

Anne and Janet,
We were so sorry to hear about the loss of your brother. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time.
Helen and Beverley

Betty & Family:. My deepest condolences on Rob’s passing.

God bless you all.

Our deepest condolences to you and your family.

My sincere condolences to Beth, Gillian, Andrew,the Campbell and O’Neill families,.
I was so sorry to hear of Rob’s passing. It was a privilege knowing him, he was loved by all who met him.
May he Rest In Peace, God Bless you all, Arlene

To Betty and family.ive been so shocked today.condolences to you Betty Gillian Andrew Scott Susan and Ann.a wonderful family with such a loving person as Rob for role model love you all and deepest sympathy.

Betty, Gillian, Andrew, Scott, Susan and Anne. I am so sorry for your loss. I remember him as such a sweet little boy. He and my brother were friends since they were four years old. Rob remained kind and thoughtful throughout a!l stages of his life. He was a true gentleman. May your memories carry you through these difficult times ahead. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

My sincere sympathies as you mourn and celebrate the life of this good man. I knew him as Anne’s friend in our younger years and his kindness, ready humour and personal strength was evident then and I am sure blossomed and deepened through the years. May peace and love surround you all. MiMi

My sympathies. He was a great neighbor and will be missed.