Gordon Campbell remained dignified, stoic and tremendously brave right until the end.
The auto industry veteran, whose last post was as dealer operations manager for Nissan, died Oct. 10 after a 2 1/2 year battle with cancer.
The 45-year old leaves behind his wife, Gillian, and sons, Charlie (12) and Evan (nine).
Campbell was born in Montreal and enjoyed years in Edmonton, Toronto, Oakville, Ottawa, Vancouver and Deep Cove in North Vancouver.
A graduate of both Carleton and Capilano Universities, he spent the majority of his career in the automotive industry. He joined Ford Motor Credit in 1998 as sales analyst before moving to Nissan in 2004 initially as financial services manager. Campbell progressed to sales and remarketing manager in 2007.
Friends and family say he was a fanatic sports enthusiast and, although he appreciated sport in general, had a great love of hockey and played it until the end.
He spent the last four years as a dedicated coach with the North Vancouver Minor Hockey Association and loved every minute of it.
He was a lifelong and steadfast Toronto Maple Leafs fan and always dreamt of seeing the Stanley Cup paraded up Yonge Street. He would now wish that for his boys.
“Many people in the automotive industry knew and appreciated Gord for his calm, steady nature and quick wit. There are many great memories to share, and laughs to remember,” explains Campbell family friend Steve Langdon.
In many cases like this, Langdon says people often wonder how they could help the young family left behind. A group of automotive industry peers is honouring his memory and supporting the family through a fund aimed at helping them through the immediate financial stress and to support Charlie and Evan in pursuing their educational dreams through RESP contributions.
“We worked with the family to make it as easy as possible for anyone wishing to help,” he adds.
Anyone wishing to donate can send a cheque payable to Gillian Campbell (mail to 270 Duskywing Way, Oakville, ON., L6L 6X5). Interact e-transfers can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Direct deposits can be made via President’s Choice Financial, institution #010, transit #30800, Account #0059770313.
The family wishes to thank all of their friends, coast to coast, for their unwavering support. The community of Deep Cove in particular has carried them through this challenging journey with unbelievable love and kindness, for which they say they are very grateful.
A private cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held on Dec. 23 at St. Jude's Anglican Church in Oakville at 3 p.m. A reception will follow at the Oakville Club.