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BANGOR AND CALAIS - Shirley "Bub" Norman Campbell Jr., 71, passed away May 26, 2014 at a Bangor hospital surrounded by his loving family, after a hard fought battle with cancer and heart disease, neither of which were able to break his will or strong positive attitude. Shirl was born May 3, 1943 in St. Stephen, New Brunswick, the son of Shirl Sr. and Dorothy Campbell of Calais.

He graduated in 1961 from Calais Memorial High School; he then attended Ricker College in Houlton, and the University of Machias. In 1965 he married Beryl Ann Stymiest of Tabusintac, New Brunswick. Over the next 7 years they lived and worked in many places throughout New England, Shirl as a Store Manager and Beryl Ann as a Nurse. Shirl moved his family back to Calais in 1972, where he spent the next 25 years working as a Sporting Goods Manager for Johnson's True Value. Over that span of years at Johnson's, his hard work, great sense of humor, and compassion earned him much respect and many friendships on both sides of the border. He was an avid New England sports fan who enjoyed following the Red Sox, Celtics, Bruins and Patriots, whether they won, lost or tied.

Shirl was predeceased by both his father and mother. He is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Beryl Ann, and 2 sons of whom he couldn't have been more proud. Sons, Bobby, his wife, Tammy and daughters, Cassie and Lexi of Glenburn, and Bryan, wife, Tiffany, and daughters, Sadie and Hailey, also of Glenburn. He loved and cherished spending time with his 4 granddaughters more than anything else. He is also survived by his sister, Pat Gagner and her husband, Jeff, of Baileyville, Carole Thornton and her husband, Gary of Lubbock, TX, Bonnie Johnson of Bangor, Joanne Pottle of Perry, and Judy McGinley and her husband, Stephen of Alexander. He will also be missed by many brother and sisters-in-law, countless nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews, as well as many friends that he made over the years in the Calais and Bangor areas.

A celebration of Shirl's life will be held 3 p.m. Saturday, May 31, 2014 at Mays Funeral Home, 26 Church St., Calais. In lieu of flowers or other gifts, donations may be made in Shirl's memory to Cancer Care of Maine in Brewer, ME at: www.emhsfoundation.org. Condolences and memories may be shared online at www.maysfuneralhome.com
Published on  May 28, 2014
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