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Robert J. Campbell
Robert J. Campbell

Robert J. Campbell died peacefully Wednesday, April 12, 2017, at Commonwealth Senior Living with his wife, Lillian, at his side. Bob was born Sept. 10, 1924, in Cambridge, Mass.

When World War II started, Bob was at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa., where he was studying industrial engineering. He had been awarded a full four-year scholarship for not only his studies, but his football expertise. At the end of his second year Bob, as well as many other students, was anxious to fight for his country.

Bob joined the U.S. Navy and achieved the rank of chief petty officer. He was a flight engineer on the PBM Mariner stationed on the Galapagos Island. Their mission was to identify enemy submarines in the Pacific. Bob maintained his love for the U.S. Navy throughout his lifetime.

He was preceded in death by his son, R. Todd Campbell.

Bob is survived by his wife of 39 years Lillian Comotto Campbell. From his first marriage, he has a daughter, Deborah Robey of Phoenix, Ariz. He has three granddaughters, Megan Edelle of Florham Park, N.J., Brittany Cooper of Moscow, Idaho, and Ashleigh Rhoades of Lynnwood, Wash.; and three great-grandsons. From his second marriage with Lillian, he is survived by Glenn Long, his stepson, of Statesville, N.C.; and two grandsons, Thomas Long of Rock Hill, S.C., and Chris Long of Huntersville, N.C., and one great-grandson. Bob will be greatly missed by everyone including his pug dog, Bella. Both Bob and Bella loved to snuggle together each day for a long nap.

Memorial services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 15, at the White Plains Rural Cemetery, N.Y.

Thank you, Bob, for all the happiness and laughter you gave me, Lillian.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the Heritage Humane Society, 430 Waller Mill Road, Williamsburg, VA 23185.

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