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

Online Condolences

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