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In Memory of Mickey Campbell

Mickey Campbell

In memory of Mickey Campbell
Funeral Mass celebrated by

Canon Powell P.P.

 

Mickey was born on 8th November 1927 in Laurencetown, the second child of Meredith and Agnes in a family of 10. The family moved from Laurencetown to Potstick Row in Scarva before returning to Red Row in Gilford. He attended St. John’s Primary School on Castle Hill and at the age of 18, he joined the British Army where he remained for seven years and had a spell in Korea.

After leaving the army he began working on Paddy McEvoy’s farm around 1958 and is remembered there with great fondness. His next job was as the local postman and Mickey always had the bit of craic when delivering the letters. His last job before retirement was as a bus driver for Bannvale Social Education Centre and it was there he struck up, what was to be, the lifelong friendship with Mary.

Mickey had a great sense of humour and was always ready with a witty answer. No-one could ever get the better of him! It as obvious he had served his time in the military as he stood so erect and was meticulous in his dress sense.

He loved all sport but especially football and snooker. In his early days, he socialized in the British Legion in Gilford. A member of the Laurencetown Amateur Dramatic Society, Mickey often took to the stage. He also loved singing all the old songs and toward the end of his life as he sang in bed, he recalled the memory of his mother sitting at the heart playing the accordion. His niece Michelle would join in the singing with him.

After the death of his sister Kathleen’s husband Alo, Mickey was a great support to the family. He went shopping with them on Saturdays and joined them for lunch every Sunday. It was lovely that they could return that care to him when he needed it in his latter years.

As ill health took its toll over the last number of years, his great friend Mary was his rock as she cared for his every need. The family are indebted to Mary for her thoughtfulness and kindness.

When Mickey was admitted to hospital just over a month ago, they didn’t think they would never see him again, but they were able to keep contact by phone, which was a blessing.

Our sympathies go to his sisters Kathleen and Rita, his brother Dan, his friend Mary and the entire family circle.

May he rest in peace.

 

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