With heavy hearts we announce the passing of Robert (Buzz) Campbell. Buzz passed away surrounded by his loving family on April 30, 2022. Buzz was born in Moosejaw, Saskatchewan on April 3, 1933 to Jim & Lillian Campbell. He was welcomed by his older siblings Ian (deceased), Peggy (deceased) & Mary. Buzz married Astrid Hermanson in 1959 and shortly thereafter welcomed three children. Buzz and Astrid lived in Vancouver, Richmond and eventually Langley so that their two daughters could fulfill their dream of owning horses. After many years in Langley Buzz and Astrid made their way to Salmon Arm.
Buzz started as a mechanic as a young man in the Okanagan and eventually ended up in Vancouver working for Canada Safeway as their fleet manager. Later in life the North called to Buzz and he decided to head to the Yukon where he worked for the White Pass Yukon Railway. After several years of managing the fleet there, he once again returned to the lower mainland where he finished his career with Canada Safeway. He was respected by his peers and was well known for his wide range of knowledge. He always had time to listen patiently to his coworkers, at least with his one good ear. When asked for advice he was quick to provide a darn good answer even if it was only his own opinion and not necessarily derived from facts.
Buzz is survived by his loving wife of 62 years Astrid, children Laura (Darryl) Lisa (Derek) and Bruce (Kyla) grandchildren, Natalie (Rob), Keith, David (Michelle), Grace & Hannah and 2 great grandchildren Wade & Hazel, sister Mary and special best buddy Don Saunders. Buzz & Astrid enjoyed fishing, camping and many travels abroad and in recent years winter vacations to Mexico.
Buzz Campbell......storyteller, avid reader, amazing handyman and
mechanic, teacher of life skills.
Husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, uncle and steadfast
friend. He loved babies and small children, making faces and
His knowledge of 'everything' led to his younger grandson referring
to him as 'Encyclopedia Poppa' His children grew up knowing there
was nothing he couldn't fix or build.
He always wanted to know what was around the next corner, delighted
in 'mystery tours', and loved sitting in a boat waiting for fish and
sipping a cold beer.
He had a devilish sense of humor, including being deliberately vague
to make you work at the joke and was always up for a bit of fun.
Dad, you will be missed. Thank you for being there for us always
No matter what we do, no morning, dawn or evening falls when we don’t think of you.
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