Norman Campbell MORRISON

June 16, 1914 – January 24, 2005

Best known as ‘Campbell’, Dad was born on the farm, at MacDowell, Saskatchewan, near Prince Albert. He was very proud of the small town he came from and the people who lived there. The eldest son of Alexander and Bessie Morrison, Campbell is survived by his devoted wife, Bertha, his four sisters, Isabella, Jane, Bessie and Marion, two children (Donna and Norman) and three grandchildren (Stephanie, Kimberly and Bradford). His brother, Peter, predeceases him. He was first married to Inez in 1941. They lived their entire married life in Chemainus, having two children by 1946.Campbell was very close to his family and often would return to Saskatchewan for special occasions, fowl suppers, birthdays, anniversaries, etc. Campbell celebrated his 90th birthday June 2004 with his wife Bertha, his four sisters, his children and grandchildren and many other friends and relatives attending. This was a wonderful celebration, and a proud day for Campbell and his whole family. His grandchildren were impressed, as well as proud, to see how many wonderful friends their Grandfather had. We want to thank everyone who came and helped make Campbell’s 90th birthday a memorable day. Most of Campbell’s working life was spent in the Chemainus sawmill. Never one to be idle, Campbell built seven houses for his family over the years, and helped many others build or maintain their homes. He also spent many years running a rototiller tractor in his spare time, doing custom garden work and also plowing driveways when it snowed. Campbell also donated much effort to the community such as helping to build the United Church in his younger days. Campbell was also active in the Seniors’ Centre when it was first build. Everyone who knew Campbell knew his value. He never quit on anything. On occasion he could be his own worst enemy, but no one could ever doubt his sincerity and dedication to his friends and family. If you ever needed help, Campbell would be there, giving his best. We can only hope to do as well. Dad died as he lived, working to the end. Everyone at ‘The Chemainus’, the condo Bertha and he lived in for the past 12 years, knows Dad’s enjoyment of, and dedication to, his garden there. On January 24th, 2005 at about 4:30 PM, he came in from working in his garden, asked when supper would be ready, and when washing up he collapsed. Pam Sangster, their loving caregiver, gave him CPR while the ambulance was coming. We want to thank Pam for her help, not only during this difficult moment, but also during the past years. Pam has been and continues to be, a great help. Dad was rushed to the Chemainus hospital, where everything was done to revive him, but he was pronounced dead at 5:15 PM. Campbell lived the last 64 years of his good life in Chemainus. He has gone to a much-deserved rest. Campbell’s devoted wife of 28 years, Bertha, was not just a wife but his rudder and reason to live. Campbell was devoted to Bertha, as she to him. His family, as will his many friends, will miss him terribly, He was very close to his four sisters, Isabella, Jane, Bessie and Marion, and they loved Campbell very much, as did his two children, Donna and Norman, and three grandchildren, Stephanie, Kimberly and Brad. All were very proud of him. Many thanks to his last crib opponent, a kindred spirit because he also split railway ties. His last game of bridge was also much enjoyed, thanks for your patience with an old man. No flowers please. Anyone wishing to make a memorial donation please do so to the Canadian Cancer Society. There will be no service.


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