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OLD TOWN AND BREWER - Irwin L. Campbell died peacefully surrounded by family Oct. 17, 2014, at a Biddeford Hospital. A loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle, he was the son of Joseph and Beulah (Leland) Campbell. He grew up on Wilson St. along with his 10 siblings.

After graduating from Brewer High School in the class of 1949 he went on to earn his Bachelors Degree at Farmington State Teachers College and later his Masters Degree from the University Of Maine. He began his teaching career in the Newport and Brewer School Systems before becoming a principal in the Old Town School System. He would go on to become principal of several Old Town Schools.

In 1959 he married the love of his life and constant companion Grace Pollard. It was truly a match made in heaven and on Oct. 10, 2014 they celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary together. Their love for the simple things in life only strengthened their rock solid marriage.

Settling down in Old Town, Irwin and Grace would raise their family, son Steve and daughter Susan, on Sargent Dr. It was in Old Town that Irwin would serve out his career as Principal. It was with great wisdom and guidance that he interacted with his students. He was especially fond of counseling students who grew up in challenged backgrounds. His unique way of using compassion rather than ruling with an iron hand won him many friends among students and parents alike. Later in life, many of these same students would, upon seeing him out somewhere would greet him warmly and express their gratitude for his guidance. He brought that same sense of wisdom, guidance, kindness and love to his wife and children throughout his life as well.

In his earlier days, Irwin enjoyed calling square dances along with Grace and their best friends Bill and Sally Greenan. A Music lover of all types, Irwin learned to play several instruments by ear, most notably the accordion. In the early 70's he worked summers for the Old Town/Orono YMCA's Day Camp at Sewall Park. A camping enthusiast, he spent several summers camping with his family in Trenton and later would attend camping rallies with Grace.

Irwin was a Fourth Degree Knight while in the Knights of Columbus and was proud to have them serve at he and Grace's wedding. He was also active in the Old Town Rotary Club as a long time member.

After retiring, he and Grace spent winters at their residence in Lake Wales, FL. Always happy to return to Maine for the great summers with friends and family. Several years ago they returned to Brewer permanently. He and Grace enjoyed their time with many friends at the Bangor Senior Center where Irwin would often demonstrate his considerable cribbage playing ability. He and Grace also enjoyed playing pool together.

An avid Red Sox and Patriots fan he was especially pleased to see the Red Sox win the World Series in 2004.

Irwin is survived by his adoring wife Grace, his loving children, Steve of Wells and Susan and fiancé, Steve Marggraf of Hampton, NH. Special daughter-in-law, Cheryl Campbell, granddaughters, Lora Campbell and Cassidy Johnson. Grandson, Brandon Flanders. Brother, John and his wife, Virginia of Brewer. Sister, Elizabeth (Lib) Moore, also of Brewer. Many cherished nieces and nephews. Besides his parents he was predeceased by 5 brothers and 3 sisters.

There will be no calling hours. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 27 at St. Paul the Apostle Parish, St. Joseph Catholic Church, 531 No. Main St., Brewer. Burial will be at Mt. Pleasant Catholic Cemetery, Bangor. Following the burial, guests are invited back to the church for a light luncheon and gathering. Funeral arrangements by Hope Memorial, 480 Elm Street, Biddeford, ME 04005. Condolences may be expressed at www.hopememorial.com.
Published on  October 23, 2014
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