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John F. Campbell

June 10, 1936 ~ February 10, 2024 (age 87) 87 Years Old
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John Forrester Campbell passed away peacefully on February 10, 2024. He is survived by his wife, Derbie of 64 years, his 4 sons and their wives; Doug, Chris & Whitney, Greg & Karyn and David & Joanne, by 10 grandchildren; Kelly, Jack, Lisa, George, Megyn, Jim, Julia, Zach, Kennedy and Alyssa and by 3 great grandchildren.

John was born June 10, 1936 to Margaret and Forrester Campbell in Newark, NJ and raised in Short Hills NJ. John attended Phillips Academy in Andover, MA and Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA.

It was in Bethlehem where he met Dora (Derbie) Gurney and where they wed in 1959. John and Derbie raised their family in Summit, NJ before retiring to Naples, FL.

John had a passion for sports, both playing and watching. He was a die-hard Brooklyn Dodgers and NY Giants Fan. He grew up summering in Bay Head, NJ and passed his love for the beach on to his sons. He loved playing his favorite sport, golf with his wife, sons, and friends. He was an active member of Canoe Brook Country Club, where he served on the Board as President in the mid 1980’s, Bald Peak Colony Club in New Hampshire and Royal Poinciana Golf Club in Naples, Florida where he also served on the Board.

John had a passion for life. He liked a evening with friends, a nice meal with a couple bottles of good wine and finishing with a nice cigar and a glass of port. John was one of the good guys and will be missed by those who knew him.

A family-only celebration of life will be held at the Moorings Presbyterian Church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, PO Box 5014, Hagerstown, MD 21741


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