December 30, 1937, to November 15, 2021
Join us in celebrating the life of Patrick Clyde Campbell, who passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family at the age of 83, on Monday, November 15, 2021.
Born and raised in Whitney Pier, Clyde was the son of the late Captain John Henry and Jennie (Nunn) Campbell. He is survived by his wife, Brenda (Marenick); children, Paula (Martin Hogue), Ottawa, John (Denise) Campbell, Sydney, Pamela (Stuart) Russell, North Carolina, and Stephen (Wendy) Campbell, Sydney; brother, Ralph (Elizabeth-deceased) Campbell, Sydney and sister, Carol Marie (Martin) Walsh, Boston.
Clyde took extreme pride in his 11 grandchildren, Émilie, Madeline, Matthew, Jack, Ben, Chloe, Will, Alexandre, Maisy, Thomas, and Patrick and entertained them with his imaginative and humorous storytelling ability.
Before attending St. Francis Xavier University, where he obtained his BA/B.Ed., Clyde followed his passion for the sea. He worked for a period of time on Newfoundland coastal boats, including The William Carson and The Rexton Kent. Clyde continued his studies at the University of Ottawa, obtaining his M.Ed. He was a professor of English at the University of Moncton before returning to Cape Breton, where he spent the remainder of his career teaching English at Sydney Academy.
Clyde was best known for his easy-going and good-natured manner, quick wit and sense of humour. He loved nothing more than spending time with his family. He was an accomplished Tarabish player and passed his love of the game onto his children. He spent countless summers with his family in North Side East Bay behind the wheel of his speed boat and was never without man’s best friend. He rarely missed a Friday night of pool with his buddies at Branch 12 Legion. He was a life-long volunteer, active in his community church, the Canadian Cancer Society, and coaching youth hockey.
He remained active in his retirement, hitting the road often to visit his children/grandchildren, tending to his beloved house and woodpile on Shandwick Street, reading, solving crossword puzzles, sitting on his back deck listening to his music collection, watching his Montreal Expos and Montreal Canadiens.
A memorial service will be held on Monday, November 22, 2021, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Marguerite Bourgeoys Church on Cabot Street, with Fr. Bill Burke officiating. Covid protocols will be practiced at the service and for those unable to attend, Live Streaming will be available on our website.
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The family wishes to thank Dr. Abboud, Dr. Campbell and the nursing staff at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital Palliative Care Unit for the care and support they provided Clyde and his family in his final days. His words of wisdom to his grandchildren – Don’t take any wooden nickels!
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Clyde to the Cape Breton SPCA.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the care and direction of Pier Community Funeral Home.
Online condolences can be forwarded to the family at www.pierfuneralhome.com.
Ralph, We are so sorry to hear of the passing of brother Clyde. This has been a bad year for you with the loss of Elizabeth and now Clyde. Our condolences and prayers go out to you and your family members. God bless. From: Don and Ida Coleman
We were so saddened to hear of Clyde’s passing. We have been away for the past 5 weeks and we’re not aware of his passing until today. He was a wonderful neighbor and English teacher (He taught Doug at SA) and will be sadly missed. You are all in our thoughts. Michelle, Doug, Alex and Ian. From: Michelle Milburn
Brenda and family, Many memories of such a wonderful man. He and Don had many good times together. I still have a laugh at some of their times together. May he rest in peace and continue to play tarbish while listening to country music. Love Caroline Matheson and family
From: Caroline Matheson
Our sincere condolences to a Brenda and all the family.
Brenda & family: I was so saddened to learn of Clyde’s passing. May pleasant memories help to sustain you during this difficult time.
Know you are in my thoughts and prayers.
We want to offer our condolences to Brenda and family. So sorry to hear about Clyde. Hugs and prayers are send your way.
John and Eme MacNeill
Clyde took us to the beach. My sister and I were children. He ‘d have been a teenager then. Polar Bear was a welcome break from a hot summer in the Pier.
Clyde coming in the door always brightened the house on James street. He had a winning smile that charmed Jennie and Frances and I expect, all who met him in life.
Brothers and sisters join me in warms wishes for Brenda and the children, Ralph and Carol.
This kind man enriched us all.
Stephen, Wendy and Family: Sending sincerest condolences in the passing of your Dad, Clyde was such a Wonderful man, he will be missed by all that have had the pleasure of knowing him. Today and Always may loving memories bring peace, comfort and strength.
The Campbell Family: I’m so sorry for the loss of your Wonderful Husband/Father and Grandfather. Clyde was such a Sweet Gentleman.
Please accept my deepest condolences and know my thoughts and prayers are with you all. May you all find peace and comfort in all the beautiful memories you have shared together during this difficult time.
I will miss Clyde. Dropping by Shandwick Street following a visit to the Pier was always a highlight full of humour and fun! Clyde was also my Godfather, and he remembered that every Christmas. He made an effort to spend time with the younger Nunn clan and included us kids in his life, from his Gordon Setter dog to his Montreal Canadiens!
To Brenda and all the Campbells, to Carol Marie and Ralph, I hope you will remember all of the good times Clyde gave us.
We want to send our sympathy to you Brenda and your family.
Sorry to hear about , Clydes’ passing.
Your Marenick cousins
Mike Loretta Melinda Peter and Kelly
Condolences to the Campbell family. He was one of the best teachers ~ he truly seemed to love English lit, and it showed in the way he taught. Rest in peace Mr. Campbell ~
Steve, Pam & family
Please accept our deepest condolences on the loss of your dad. I remember him from high school and met him a couple times in the neighborhood. He was always kind and friendly.
Allan & Karen Pyke
My sincerest condolences to your family on the passing of Clyde. I have such wonderful memories of him and Dad spending time together. I also had Clyde as a teacher…he was a great person and will be missed. Take care of each other.
John & Family , Sorry For Your Loss .
Brenda: Very sad to hear of Clyde’s passing. So many fond memories of both of you as I grew up at John and Marilyn’s. Please know you are in my thoughts
Sharon D Sobol
My condolences to Mr. Campbell’s family. He brought my grandmother communion for several years until she passed away. We remember his kindness and dedication to providing this service.
Dear Brenda, Paula, John, Pam and Stephen,
My condolences on the passing of Clyde. My family couldn’t have been luckier than to have Clyde as our neighbour on Shandwick St. for fifty years. He was always there for my parents, me and my daughter. Clyde was a true gentleman, friend and neighbour.
My thoughts are with you and Clyde,
Lots of love,
My condolences to the Campbell family, on your loss. I had Mr. Campbell for grade eleven and grade twelve English. He was my favourite teacher, I talked to people all my life about Clyde Campbell. Mr. Campbell had a great understanding about teenagers. He taught so much more than English, what we learned from him was how to treat people with respect and dignity. We learned this in the way he treated us, Mr. Campbell was a kind and caring man. He wanted us to participate in class discussion, but would never force, only in courage. Mr. Campbell only had one rule in his classroom, not to be talking when he was speaking, if you broke the rule, he would show you his temper. He only had to show us once. I will be sixty five in January, the man who I turned out to be, was directly inspired by Clyde Campbell. My thoughts are with you.
Dear John, Denise, Maddy and Jack, With heartfelt sympathy…Thinking of you all in these difficult times and sending our love❤️…. You are in our thoughts and prayers 🙏 Arthur, Lisa, Aiden and Devin O’Rourke.
My sincerest condolences to Clyde’s family. He was such a sweet and kind man. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Enjoy all the wonderful memories.
Dear Brenda and family,
Sending my sincerest condolences to you all.
I’ll always remember how excited I’d be, going with my father and sister to visit and deliver presents to the Campbell house on Christmas eve.
Clyde was the only other person, besides my father, to call me by my first and middle name, Shauna Lynn. He probably never even realized how special I thought that was, but I’ll never forget.
Thoughts and prayers to you 🙏
Brenda and family. So sorry to hear of clydes passing and my thoughts and prayers are with you all . He sure was a great guy .
Dear Brenda, Paula, John, Pam and Stephen,
I’m so sorry to hear of Clyde’s passing. He was always so very kind to me. I have very fond memories growing up in the neighbourhood, and your family was at the centre of those memories. Thinking of you all.
So sorry to hear of Clyde’s passing
Thinking of you all on this difficult day.
On American Thanksgiving my heart is filled with gratitude for the blessing of my Canadian Uncle Clyde. Visiting Cape Breton as a child or an adult was always such a joy in large part due to Clyde’s genuine gregarious presence. Whether ensuring that everyone had a turn water-skiing at the lake or keeping us all in stitches over a game of Tarabish his love of family was boundless. His compassion for people and his four-legged friends will be with me always. With love, prayers and deepest sympathies to Aunt Brenda, John, Paul, Pam, Steve, all of his grandchildren, Uncle Ralph, Carol-Marie (Mom) and all who knew and loved him.