Ralph Andrew Campbell
Passed on December 31, 2020
May 4, 1935 – December 31, 2020 It is with heavy hearts, we announce that Ralph passed peacefully at Stonewall Hospital with family by his side.
He will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 65 years, Eileen (nee Eskilson); daughter Sharon (Sandy); sons: Doug (Karen), Rod (Shelley), Murray (Christine); grandchildren: Alana, Kristyn (Nathan), Lindsey, Karley (Jack), Breanne, Reid (Kayla), Melissa (Dillan), Ashley (Brent), Andrew (Kirsten); great-grandchildren: Brexley, Margot, Riot and Max. He is survived by sister Eileen Wonnick and brother Merv Campbell; brother-in law Allan (Sophie) Eskilson; sister-in-law Irene Javor; and many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by brother-in-law Leonard Eskilson, sister-in-law Lyle Campbell and brother-in-law Gordon Wonnick.
Raised on the family farm east of Teulon, he attended Stacpoole school but quit after Grade 8 to farm at home when his dad bought him a tractor. Ralph and Eileen were married on October 1, 1955 and moved to their farm in 1963. They retired to Teulon in 2015. In the early days, he worked in Winnipeg as a meat cutter and then became a certified welder. Even though busy on the farm, Ralph still found time to serve for many years as a Councillor and Reeve for the R.M. of Rockwood. Being the proficient welder he was, many a night was spent thinking about the next creation – we would tease Dad about what he had been “working on” last night. A farmer at heart, he still loved going for a drive to check the crops.
Time was made every summer for the family to get away for a weekend of fishing. Later this love of fishing evolved into camping trips to Hecla and fishing off the dock. Campsite neighbours were often gifted with one of his original “fire poker” tools or given a box of dry wood when struggling to get a fire going. The Campbell Fishing Weekend on Father’s Day was a highlight of his summer. Being a family man, he truly enjoyed when everyone was together and considered it the greatest gift of all.
Cremation has taken place and a private interment will be held at a later date.
If friends so desire, donations may be made in Ralph’s memory to Parkinson Canada in Manitoba, 7-414 Westmount Drive, Winnipeg, MB. R2J 1P2
The family extends a heartfelt thank you to Dr. K. Graham and the staff of the Stonewall Hospital for being so caring and compassionate.
Gods garden must be beautiful, he always takes the best He knew you were suffering, he knew you were in pain, He knew that you would never get well on Earth again, He put his arms around you and lifted you to rest.
Our condolences to you and the family on the loss of Ralph. Any time I met him and had a conversation with him, I would walk away feeling better in talking to him. I did go with him and Murray on a few fishing trips, especially enjoying our annual men’s fishing trip. He was a friend to every one. I will miss meeting him on his walk and visiting with him. I hope the fishing is good up there. Matt and Helen Ewankiw.
Matt & Helen Ewankiw
My deepest condolences. You’re dad was the kind of person that left a lasting impression. I had only met him a few times when he would bring hogs to our farm. He always has a big smile and was very kind. I was just a child but he would take the time to acknowledge me. May all your memories of the happy times give you comfort. Annette Guilbeault
Eileen & family Our condolences to all in your loss of Ralph. We enjoyed chatting with him at the senior dances. He and I (Marlene) shared the same birth day (May 4th), and we often would comment on it when we met.
Otto & Marlene Penner
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