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Robert Bruce Campbell

Birth Date: June 17, 1936
Death Date: January 14, 2017

An end of Era. Bruce Campbell (age 80 and of Strongsville), my grandpa passed away early this morning, January 14, 2017. Bruce seemed to be from a different time.

He was the kind of guy that had big stories that always in involved an animal attacking, one of his “buddies”, a job he was working on, a shot and a beer, and would sometimes end with “Queenie” (my grandma) being upset with him. You can almost bet that the stories he told had been fabricated for your and his entertainment.

He would help anyone, he had a very generous personality. He would offer you the shirt off his back and then invite you in to have a drink.

He would make friends, or as he put it buddies, everywhere. The grocery store, hardware store, anywhere.

A compliment from my grandpa was always sincere. He didn’t hand out compliments, he really meant one when he said it.

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mean to make Bruce out to be a Saint. In fact, after the numerous stories he has told I’m convinced my grandma was one. She had to be an angel on earth for putting up with his antics.

But, my grandpa was a lot of things.
He was an amazing friend to so many.
He was proud of the work he did both the electrical work he did at home.
He was proud to be just who he was. He was not materialistic.

Most importantly, he was proud and loved his family. He bragged as often as someone would listen to his families accomplishments- and of course how he helped them attain that goal.

I would like to share a few things I learned from Bruce:
1. Make buddies and be a buddy. Be a real friend, the one who people call when they need a helping hand.
2. Be generous, even when you will receive nothing in return.
3. Have a garden.
4. Be a good story teller. If you can’t tell a story appreciate a good story, even if it is fabricated.
5. Love and be proud of your family – you’ve only got one.
6. Get a dog. A dog will think you are the best person in the world even when you wake up grumpy and have nothing nice to say.
7. Last but not least – enjoy everyday. When it quitting time stop working go hang out with your friends, family or pet. Go on a walk. Have a beer with some one and swap stories. You won’t regret it.

I hope as grandpa crossed over his “Queenie” meet him hugged him and asked, “what took you so long?” He seemed lost without her at times.

So, if you will hold up a glass and toast my grandpa, my dad’s dad, my children’s “great papa Bruce”. He would really get a kick out of it.

And as he always said as he left, God Bless.”
Love Always,
Elizabeth
Bruce was born in Cleveland, OH on June 17, 1936 to Odbert and Evelyn Campbell. He was the loving husband of the late Lois Campbell; cherished father of Robert, Richard (Mary), Barbara Koski (Edward) and Glen (June); adoring grandfather of Ryan & Michelle Campbell, Elizabeth, Richard & Matthew Campbell, Evelyn & Michelle Koski and Ashley & Alex Campbell; dear brother of June Martin (Jim) and former father-in-law of Wendy Campbell.
Bruce was a member of IBEW Local 38, the Masons North Star lodge #638 F & A.M., the Moose Lodge, the Al Koran Shrine and a member of Camp Runamuck. He will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him.
Cremation has taken place. He will be laid to rest in Sunset Memorial Park (North Olmsted, OH). In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to North Star Lodge Building Fund, 15500 Triskett Rd., Cleveland, OH 44111 OR to Ames Family Hospice, 30080 Hospice Way, Westlake, OH 44145.

Arrangements are incomplete at this time. Service details will be posted as soon as they become available.
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  1. I was shocked and saddened to hear of Bruce's passing. He was a wonderful neighbor, always willing to lend a hand or offer a beer. I have a large yard and a small walk-behind mower. Once day Bruce asked if I wanted to come over for a beer and I told him I needed to finish mowing the yard. Don't you know he went back across the street, got on his riding mower, rode it across the street and finished by yard for me — "now you've got time for that beer" he said. He was such a character! I'll miss him.
    Jennifer Black

  2. Our thoughts and prays go out to the family. As Elizabeth wrote in her tribute to her grandfather sums it up the best. Over the past 14 years Bruce, our MH neighbor behind us, will be very much missed. The story telling in the front yard will be remembered forever. Bruce would be there to help or loan a tool or even some electrical tape if needed. But most of all we will miss one of Bruce’s many sayings “do you have time for a shot and a beer”. We love you Bruce. Our beloved dear friend.
    The Coleman Family (Joe, Cheryl, Julia and Joseph)

  3. It always seemed like a party when our parents got together in the 60's & 70's….and your dad had the best stories. My condolences to Robbie, Ricky, Barb and Glen….as I knew you then…and to your families.- Tim Tabar

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