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Fraser Campbell

February 22, 1942 ~ September 26, 2023 (age 81) 81 Years Old

Fraser Campbell Obituary

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Fraser Campbell of Caribou Island and Falmouth, NS died peacefully September 26, 2023 at Valley Hospice, with family at his side.

Fraser was born to Minnie Alice (Fraser) (Campbell) Tupper on February 22, 1942.  He grew up in Pictou Landing and Trenton NS.  He was predeceased by his mother, Minnie Alice Tupper, step-father Lloyd Douglas Tupper, and half-brother Lloyd Michael Tupper.

He is survived by his wife Susan Spence-Campbell, his children Gordon Campbell, Masstown, Graeme Campbell (Melissa James), Halifax and Ellen Warren (Stephen), Debert, and his children’s mother, Janet Maybee, Masstown; step-children Rachel Goldie (Thomas), Brussels BE, Julia Hardwick (Phillip), London UK,  and John Campbell (Katie Nodding), Windsor NS; grandchildren Maggie and Fraser Warren, step­grandchildren Genevieve, Lucas, and Rian Goldie, and Isabelle Hardwick; half-brother Paul Tupper, New Glasgow; uncle James Lesley Powell Fraser (Yvonne) Thunder Bay ON and numerous cousins.

Fraser was a teacher, a poet, a sailor and a musician.  He loved the theatre. He had a curious mind and was an early adopter of new technology over the decades.  At CEC, in Truro, where he taught English, he both directed and produced musicals, as well as designing sets and lighting for over 30 years.  He took pride in his appearance, winning the Best Dressed Teacher award. A white shirt and a nice tie was his MO. He wrote poetry most of his life, publishing in his twenties in Prism.  He captured the essence of his topics with carefully chosen words and rhythm. He loved to sail. He owned a few boats over his lifetime but his favourite was the last, a C&C 25, Naiad.  He and Susan sailed the Northumberland Strait, but he especially loved to race on Wednesday nights with his brother-in-law Dave Penney or friend Mike Bishop. He was a trumpet player until he attended university and resumed playing after 40 years of quiet. 

He joined several bands in the Windsor area and ended his trumpet playing days with The New Horizons band. Skiing in the winter and sailing in the summer, Fraser and Susan wintered in Falmouth and summered on Caribou Island on the land which his great-great grandmother received a land grant for.  His children spent every summer there, swimming, playing on the beach, building drip castles, collecting sea shells, even building a Huckleberry Finn raft to paddle out to the reefs.  All the grandchildren got to enjoy the beach and the pleasures it brings.  For twenty years, Fraser and Susan hosted an annual Fraser family picnic so the cousins could enjoy each other’s company, rather than only meeting at funerals. The coveted Washer Toss trophy is cherished by all who won it.  The garden Fraser carefully tended produced enough vegetables to supply the table for a year.  Fraser planted, Susan harvested and processed. Fraser took great joy in sharing his love of stories, rhymes, theatre and puzzles with his children and grandchildren. He will be greatly missed when advice or a helping in hand is needed for fixing a roof, solving a crossword clue, or finishing the Rubik’s cube. His kind heart and care for his family was felt by all in our visits in his final days.

The family is forever grateful to the palliative care teams at the VG and Valley Hospice for their exceptional care and comfort.

Two celebrations of life will be held, the first at the Windsor Curling Club on October 14 at 2PM, a video link will be available.  The second will take place at RH Porter Funeral Homes on Almont St in New Glasgow on Thursday Oct 19, at 12 pm. 

If you would like to honour Fraser’s memory, consider supporting the local arts scene.  Go to a play, take in a concert, buy a piece of art, a book or a CD and think of him. 

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