MILLINOCKET - E. Wayne Campbell, 72, passed away unexpectedly at home on Monday, April 11, 2016. He was born April 16, 1943, in Millinocket, the son of Earlan B. and Elizabeth O. (Tinkham) Campbell.
Wayne was educated in Millinocket schools, and was a graduate of Stearns High School, class of 1961, and graduated from Husson College in Bangor in 1965 with a B.A. in Business Management. While growing up and while he was completing his education, he developed a passion for working with all things mechanical alongside his father at the family business, E.B. Campbell & Sons a general garage and sold year round recreational vehicles, trailers, and automobiles, and Polaris snowmobiles. After the garage closed in 1967, Wayne and his father both went to work for O.S. Gonya and Sons. He then attended the Maine Criminal Justice Academy, graduating as valedictorian in 1967. Wayne and his brother, Reid, both worked for the Millinocket Police Department, and were both Sergeants. Following his police work, Wayne went to work as business manager for the Millinocket School Department for a period of time, and then to Day & Currie Construction until they closed in the early 1980's. Having been a volunteer firefighter since 1969, Wayne became a full time firefighter/EMT in 1982. He worked his way through the ranks of the department, and was named Chief of the Millinocket Fire Department in 1999, and stayed in that position until his retirement in 2012 - having maintained the longest tenure as chief in recent memory.
Wayne was a private pilot for over 30 years, and was very passionate about aircraft and Model T Fords. He loved puttering in his garage at Smith Pond and enjoyed restoring anything with a motor, especially antique snowmobiles and tractors. Wayne was an active member of the Ford Model T Club, Antique Snowmobiling Association, and was currently serving as the Secretary of the National Model T Snowmobile Club.
He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Sherry (Drake) Campbell; four children, Jeffrey Campbell and his wife, Nancy, Shawn Campbell and his wife, Diana, Jennifer Rice, and Rachel Doyle; five grandchildren, Craig and Katelyn Campbell, Emily and Kaci Doyle, and Tyler Rice; two brothers, Reid Campbell and friend, Janet Theriault, and Steve Campbell and his wife, Marlene; nephews, Steven and Evan Campbell, a niece, Joy Campbell Roy, and their families; the mother of his sons, Linda M. Campbell; an uncle, Basil Campbell; and aunts Donna Malone and her husband, Elwin, Phyllis Byther, and Glenna Burrell; and many cousins. Wayne will also be missed by his furry companion, Brandy. He was predeceased by his parents and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Friends are invited to visit with the family 2-4 and 6-8 P.M. Friday, April 15 at the Lamson Funeral Home, 11 Tamarack Street, Millinocket. Spring interment will be at the Millinocket Cemetery. Gifts in memory of Wayne may be sent to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312, or to the Bangor Humane Society, 693 Mt. Hope Avenue, Bangor, ME 04401.
Messages of condolence may be expressed at www.lamsonfh.com.