James Campbell

Obituary for James Campbell

March 26, 2015
Shrewsbury, Massachusetts


James D. Campbell, 82, of Shrewsbury, Massachusetts passed away on March 26, 2015 at his home in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts with his family by his side.

Jim was born in Stoneham, Massachusetts at the New England Sanitarium Hospital on April 6, 1932. He was the son of the late James T. and Marjorie A. Doughty Campbell. He was raised in Holden, Massachusetts and was a 3rd generation Seventh-day Adventist. He graduated from Greater Boston Academy in 1950 and Atlantic Union College in 1954 where he earned his BA in Business Administration.

After graduation, Jim served his country as a medic in the US Army. He received his basic training at Ft. Sam Houston in Texas and was stationed in the Medical Cadet Corp as a medic at Walter Reed Medical Center and Fort Detrick in Maryland. He was a Motor Pool Driver and private driver for General Wood. Jim volunteered for the Special Top Secret Project Whitecoats , a bio-weapons research program infecting participants with debilitating pathogens to develop weapons that could be used to defend troops and citizens.

After his honorable discharge from the army, Jim began his professional career in the healthcare field. As a clinic manager and then a Nursing Home Administrator, Jim worked in various states including Massachusetts, Wisconsin, Ohio, New York, and Connecticut. He earned his Master's Degree in Public Health from Loma Linda University in Loma Linda, California. He was a member of the Rotary Club and was a highly respected businessman and Church Leader. His favorite project was for the Adventist Health Systems at Geer Memorial in Canaan, CT where he was the Administrator and project developer for one of New England's first Continuing Care Retirement Communities.

Jim was married to his first wife, Lorraine Reiss for 37 years. They had three children, Elizabeth Ann; Winona Lyn; and Douglas Scott. Jim was adventurous and loved being active in many outdoor activities including golfing, snow and water skiing, camping, and boating. He had many hobbies including painting, photography, coin collecting, singing in church and with the Barber Shop Quartet as a tenor.

Jim married his 2nd wife Sharon W. Staley in 1996. Together they loved to travel. Their favorite destination was to their time share in Hawaii. Other travel destinations were to Israel, Italy, and various cruises, including an Alaskan Cruise. Jim loved animals, especially his dogs (Carman, Shamus, and Koda). Jim and Sharon loved eating out. Their favorite restaurant was the 99 Restaurant where they were "regulars". He was known as "King James" by the restaurant staff. He had a sweet tooth and "loved anything sweet".

In addition to his wife of 18 years, Sharon W. Staley, he is survived by his daughters, Elizabeth A. Hodges, wife of Louis A. Hodges of Orlando Florida and their 3 sons, Trevor, Lance, and Ian Peters; Winona L. Kissinger, wife of John H. Kissinger III of Reading, Pennsylvania and their 3 daughters, Jennifer, Heather, and Molly Kissinger; and his son, Douglas S. Campbell and his wife Diane R. Campbell of Northborough, Massachusetts and their daughter, Amanda. He leaves two step-daughters, Jeanette L. Staley of Westminster, VT and her children, Michael, Jimmy, and Zoe; Victoria A. Murphy, wife of Glenn Murphy of Townsend, Massachusetts, their children Colby and Trinity; and a step-son, Jim G. Staley and his wife Robin of Needham, Massachusetts and their children Nicholas and Emma; ten great grandchildren; and one-step-great grandchild. He also is survived by his cousins; The Rev. Dr. Robert Docherty and his wife, Eileen; Joan Doughty Spady, wife of Richard Spady; Carol Doughty Reeves, wife of Ronald Reeves; and Phyllis Doughty Tauro Post, wife of David Post as well as several cousins in England and Scotland. He was pre-deceased by his cousin, Marjorie Doughty Siver and her husband, Dr. Kenneth Siver.

Family and friends will honor and remember Jim's life by gathering for calling hours at Heald & Chiampa Funeral Directors – The Sumner House, 5 Church Road, On the Commons, and Shrewsbury Center, Massachusetts on Monday, March 30, 2015 from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM and again on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at 10:30 AM. The Rev. Dr. Robert Docherty, cousin of Mr. Campbell, will officiate. Burial with Military Honors will follow in Mountain View Cemetery.

Memorials in Jim's name may be made to the Massachusetts Humane Society, 87 Wharf Street, PO Box 890127, Weymouth, MA 02189.

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