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mayor in 2011 and again in 2014, a position he held until 2018. He was
awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for service to the
community in 2012.
As his son Nicholas eulogized, however, “for such a busy man, this was
perhaps his greatest accomplishment of all: he always had time for his family”
and “although he was an exemplary community leader, it was spending
time with his family that he loved and cherished most of all.” Indeed, Nils’s
greatest legacy was his wonderful sons, who were with him every step of
the way during the last three difficult months before his passing.
After a brief battle with cancer, Nils died on April 7, 2019 surrounded by
his family and friends. He was 69 years old. He is survived by his loving
wife, Jean, and sons, Nicholas (Helen) and Stewart. To quote Sam Walter
Foss’s “The House by the Side of the Road”, “Nils was a friend to man”, and
he is dearly missed by his family and so many in the community.
Fernando de Lima
Don Campbell was born in Zweibrücken, in what
was then West Germany. His late father, Douglas
Campbell, served in World War II as a pilot in the
Royal Canadian Air Force. Doug and his wife, Marjorie,
stayed in West Germany after the war. There,
Don and his older brother, Rob, were born. The family
relocated back to Canada the year Don was born,
and then they lived in various cities across Canada until they finally settled
in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan in the early 1970s.
Don enjoyed a peaceful and modest upbringing. He and Rob were both
fortunate to attend the University of Saskatchewan, being the first in their
family to attend university. Don attended the university for both his undergraduate
degree and his law degree. By his own account, Don was the chairman
of the social committee in law school and revelled in the festivities that
accompany the study of law. Don made many friends in his university
years, many of whom he remained in contact with for the rest of life.