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REV. DR. PAUL MARSHALL CAMPBELL
August 1, 1942 – July 5, 2023
Paul Marshall Campbell left us peacefully yet unexpectedly on Wednesday, July 5 at the Grace Hospital. He lived an amazing life to the fullest.
Paul was born in Winnipeg to Jim and Olive Campbell (née Brook) and sister, Ruth. He was raised in Elmwood and still had many good friends from those days. He graduated from Elmwood High and entered United College (now the University of Winnipeg) where he switched from Science to Arts having felt a call to ministry. He received his Bachelor of Arts and then entered the Faculty of Theology and was ordained to Ministry in the United Church of Canada.
While attending university he worked at a number of places, in the city and in rural Manitoba, and Saskatchewan leading worship services, youth groups and camps, and where he learned to play the Mandolin in a Ukrainian Orchestra.
In 1965, Paul and Ethel (née Kinley) were married. Upon Paul's ordination, he and Eth were Settled in Elkorn, MB where he continued his ministry and where they welcomed the birth of their children, Glen in 1967 and twin daughters, Julia and Sheila in 1969. Paul was then called to serve at Morden Pastoral Charge in the 70's. The family then took an unpaid year in Oxford, England, where he continued studying theology and serving churches. Many cherished friendships were developed during this time and lasted for the rest of his life. Paul was called to serve as Saskatchewan Conference Pastoral Relations Minister, and later at Westminster United Church in Regina. In 1985 Paul was called to Regents Park United Church in Winnipeg. In 1997 the National Church appointed Paul as the Director of a new community-based program for ordination (IPCO). He then went on to the Faculty of Theology at the University of Winnipeg, encouraging people in their theological studies.
Paul received an Honourary Doctorate of Divinity from St. Andrew's College in Saskatoon. He was very touched to be appointed an Honourary Elder for the former Dr. Jessie Saulteaux Centre (now the Sandy Saulteaux Centre). He was humbled to be asked to be a Listener for the Residential Schools Hearings. He faithfully served on the Boards of the Winnipeg Half Way Homes and Oak Table Ministry. He also served as an AA 5th Step listener up until his death.
Paul served the church in many different ways, ministering in congregations, supporting and connecting with many folks in both good and bad times and situations. He taught, and encouraged others in various steps of ministry, both celebrating and supporting them. He served as President of Conference, was a General Council representative and served on national committees.
In all these places, Paul made many deep friendships which are caring and supportive of his family through this time of loss and we are so grateful.
We would be amiss to not mention his absolute love for his family, his love of all kinds of music, his love of golf, baseball and hockey stats, storytelling and drinking coffee with friends.
He tried to be a true servant of the Creator.
Missing him and cherishing his memory are his loving wife Ethel, his darling daughter Sheila, his dear sons in laws Trevor and Dean, his beautiful grandchildren, Michael, Liam, Hannah, Sean and Rachel, his dear sister Ruth, nephews Craig and Mark, nieces Daphne, Cynthia, Susanne (and their families), brothers-in law Al, Bob, Bill, sister-in-law Janet (and their families), cousin Ian in England, many cousins and dear friends all over the world. Paul was predeceased by his precious children Glen (2000) and Julia (2016), his parents Jim and Olive Campbell, his parents-in law, Ross and Shirley Kinley, brothers-in law Doug Kinley and Peter Williams, Cousin Deryck Overend, treasured aunts and uncles, and many dear friends.
Thank you to the first responders who took such care and the amazing doctors and nurses at the Grace Hospital Emergency and ICU departments.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of your choice.
Celebration of life to be held 11:00 am Friday August 18, 2023 at Trinity United Church.
Trinity United Church
933 Summerside Avenue
A link to the recording of the service will be available at a later day on the Trinity United Church website.
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