Most Worshipful Bro. Campbell was born in Halifax to the late Daniel T. Campbell and the late Dorothy J. Campbell (nee Croke) on July 30, 1946.
Bro. Campbell attended schools within the Halifax County Regional School Board graduating from Halifax West Municipal High School with his senior matriculation in 1967. Bro. Campbell also attended the Halifax County Regional Vocational School on Bell Road in Halifax in 1966 graduating with a diploma in Bookkeeping and Accounting. Commencing his journey through the working world, Bro. Campbell started working part-time at Simpson-Sears Mail Order (now Sears Canada Inc.) in 1962 where he worked for 25 years finally servi as the night and week-end manager before leaving the company in 1988.
Upon completion of high school, our Most Worshipful Past Grand Master pursued a Bachelor of Arts Degree at St. Mary’s University followed by a Bachelor of Education Degree. Commencing his teaching career in 1972 as a Social Studies Teacher at Timberlea Junior High School, Bro. Campbell worked with the Halifax Regional School Board for 30 years, serving as Teacher, Guidance Counsellor, School Administrator and Lead Principal. Bro. Campbell retired having been a school Principal for the last 23 years of his tenure with the School Board. While working for the School Board, he completed his Masters of Arts Degree in Education also from St. Mary’s University.
Throughout his life Bro. Campbell has been an active volunteer within his community and local church. In the late 60’s and early 70’s he was a member of a group sponsored by the Bayers Road Shopping Centre known as the Moose Patrol which spent many hours fund raising for the Children’s Hospital before it became known as the I.W.K. Hospital for Children, selling moose burgers and manning shooting galleries at the Atlantic Winter Fairs at the old Halifax Forum Complex. It was while a member of this group that he had such wonderful experiences as racing Ostriches and wrestling Tigers.
Involved with Ballroom Dancing for many years, Bro. Campbell served on the executive of Corte, the Dance Club of Halifax being President for two years. This participation in Ballroom dancing led to his serving on the Board of Directors of Dance Nova Scotia for six or more years where he also served as President. As a result of his affiliation with Dance Nova Scotia, Bro. Campbell served on the Board of Directors of the Cultural Federations of Nova Scotia.
A member of Fairview United Church for over 50 years, he took advantage of all of the groups activities offered to the youth such as Cubs, Boy Scouts, young peoples groups and participated in all of the activities provided by these wonderful programs. Continuing his church work into adulthood, Bro. Campbell served on many working committees of the church, the Board of Directors and Church Council as Chairman for a number of years.
It was while working at Sears in the late 60’s that Bro. Campbell first became acquainted with Bro. Lawrin Armstrong. Little did he know at the time that Bro. Armstrong would be instrumental in his becoming a Master
Mason by sponsoring his application to St. Margaret’s Lodge No. 118. On October 6, 1983 he was raised to the sublime degree of a Master Mason.
Throughout his Masonic career, Bro. Campbell served in most of the offices of the Lodge, becoming Master of Timberlea Lodge No. 136 in 1991. In 1997, his friend and then Brother, Lawrin Armstrong who was the incoming Grand Master of A.F. and A.M. of Nova Scotia honoured Bro. Campbell by asking him to serve this Grand Jurisdiction as the Senior Grand Deacon. Since that time, Bro. Campbell has been honoured to serve his Brethren throughout this Grand Lodge as Grand Chaplain, Grand Lecturer, and the three line offices of Junior Grand Warden, Senior Grand Warden and Deputy Grand Master, Grand Archivist, Assoc. Grand Secretary (pro tem) and Grand Secretary
Most Wor. Bro. Campbell is now living with his beautiful wife DiAnne in Halifax, a couple of kilometers from his son Michael and his lovely wife Joanne. Retired, Bro. Campbell and DiAnne enjoy playing music with the Second Chances Community Band, spending time with their family and especially their two grandchildren.