David G. Campbell Jr., 79, remembered for his quick wit and quiet kindness

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David G. Campbell Jr.
David G. Campbell Jr.

David G. Campbell Jr., 79, passed away Sunday, March 5, 2017. Campbell was born Sept. 5, 1937, in Auburn, N.Y., to David and Monicka Campbell.

He became a standout athlete and president of the Auburn High School Class of 1955 before attending Dartmouth College, where he earned his B.S., MBA, and master’s in engineering. Campbell served four years in the U.S. Navy as an engineer on the Battleship Miller.

While on shore leave in Boston in 1963, he met a young nurse from Ireland, Yvonne Walsh, whom he married in 1965. Together they shared 52 years of marriage and raised three children, David, Tara and Michael. In 1980, Campbell moved his family west, from Chicago to Portland, and later Seattle to become president and CEO of Beaver Equipment Specialties Company.

David and Yvonne retired to Governor’s Land in Williamsburg in 2003, where they enjoyed golf, tennis and fishing with grandchildren in the company of family and close friends.

Campbell will be remembered for his quick wit and quiet kindness in the community. In addition to leading fundraisers for Hospice House, he spent years driving the infirmed to medical appointments, repairing the homes of those in need, and tutoring immigrants in English.

He is survived by his wife, Yvonne; daughter, Tara; son, Michael; and seven grandchildren.

A funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, March 10, at St. Bede Catholic Church.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation.

Condolences for the family may be expressed online at nelsencares.com.