Bill Campbell will be sadly missed

Bill Campbell

The Alberta Family Histories Society was deeply saddened to hear of the loss of yet another monumental member and volunteer, Mr. Bill Campbell.

Bill was a valuable contributor to the PR Committee and was also instrumental in helping with the design of the new AFHS website. He passed away in the early hours of May 6.

Bill’s funeral will be held on Monday, 13 May 2013, 10 a.m. at McInnes & Holloway on Banister Road. There will be an obituary in Thursday’s Calgary Herald.

Bill’s good friend Gord, also a valuable volunteer, remembers this about Bill:

  • Bill attended SAIT as part of the last class to graduate from Wireless School at the end of WW II.
  • He was a PEng, having graduated from the University of Toronto, where he majored in Chemical Engineering and was a UofT disk jockey!
  • Bill was a collector; he left a very large collection of thousands of stamps, as well as an uber-valuable Glenn Miller record collection. He belonged to the Glenn Miller Society.
  • Besides volunteering with AFHS, Bill was also active in his church, the United Church at Red Deer Lake, and Habitat for Humanities.
  • He was a salesman (industrial paint), and as such was used to making cold calls. This probably explained his relaxed, friendly style when presenting genealogy lectures.
  • Only a few years ago, Bill was called to visit the oil sands as a consultant. One of his products had survived a huge fire and they wanted to discuss that with him.
  • He played tennis until recently.
  • Bill’s contributions the the AFHS as chair of the PR Committee with be difficult to match (and sorely missed).

Rest in peace, Bill. Thanks for everything.

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