September 2nd, 1947 – October 22nd, 2015
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Dennis Campbell of Merritt, BC, on October 22nd, 2015, at 68 years of age. Dennis is survived by his loving wife, Ryna, children Stacey (Scott) Webber, of Merritt, and Leola Campbell of New Westminster. Dennis doted on his 2 granddaughters, Madi and Ali. He spent many Saturday mornings watching his girls playing soccer, rain or shine. The youngest of twelve children, he is survived by his brothers, Bud, Bruce, Keith and Lyle, and his sisters Nola, Merle, Barbara and Diane. Dennis is predeceased by his parents Henry and Stella Campbell, two sisters, Sandra and Margaret, and baby brother Warren. Dennis was born September 2nd, 1947. He lived in Agassiz for a time, but eventually moved to Chilliwack. That is where his love for hockey began. He joined his brothers and worked in heavy duty construction for many years all over BC. He met and married his wife, Ryna, and shortly after, they moved to Campbell River, where their daughter Stacey was born. Later they moved to Salmon Arm where Leola was born. Then in 1981 he got called to work at Highland Valley Copper, so they made their new home in Merritt. He worked on building all 3 extensions of the Coquihalla Highway, and in 1986 joined the road maintenance crew and worked up there until he was forced to retire last February because of cancer. Dennis was a quiet, easy going man who worked hard all his life to provide for his family. He fought a brave battle with the cancer, and never complained. “It is what it is,” he said. He lost his battle October 22nd, and left behind some big shoes to fill, and a hole in everyone’s hearts who knew and loved him. The family wishes to extend a special thank you to the staff at the N.V.G.H. and all the staff at Coquihalla Gillis House, palliative care. In lieu of flowers, donations in Dennis’ memory may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society. A Celebration of Dennis’ Life will take place at 1:00pm on Saturday, November 7th, 2015 at the Merritt Civic Centre.