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"TUS" 2008 Obituary


TUSTIN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-03-15 published
CAMPBELL, Ronald McLachlan
Ron's last flight left Victoria at 2220 Thursday, March 13, 2008. The first child of "Sandy" Alexander McLachlan and "Lil" Christian CAMPBELL, Ron was born in Calgary, Alberta on May 29th, 1915. Due to the demands of the First World War, Sandy registered his elder son's birth as the 30th of May - perhaps that explains why Ron was usually early and never late.
Ron was predeceased by his beloved "Pudding", his adored wife of over 60 years, Phyllis Sara CAMPBELL in 2006. His brother Ken and sister Betty also predeceased him. His passing leaves a deep hole in the lives of his children of the heart, Hilarie McMURRAY and her partner Jack LITWINOWICH of Victoria and Steveston, British Columbia, Bill McMURRAY, his wife Mary and their children Scott and Elspeth of Senneville Quebec. His nieces of the heart Joanne TUSTIN of Victoria and Debbie TUSTIN of Duncan grieve the loss of their Uncle Ron. Also left to mourn are his baby sister Margaret STEVENSON of San Diego, California, his sister-in-law Helen CAMPBELL of Victoria, his cousin Bea WARD of Sidney, his brother-in-law Alan KIMBER and his wife Roberta of Lethbridge, Alberta and Ron's special Friends Bruce and Carol Gowans of Calgary, Alberta and long time friend George McMurray of Winnipeg, Manitoba. Ron leaves many Campbell and Kimber nieces and nephews and grand nieces and nephews across Canada and the United States.
Ron was a pioneer of Canadian aviation, graduating in 1933 from the first Aircraft Maintenance course at the then Provincial Institute of Technology and Art in Calgary (now SAIT). He and his friend Sheldon Luck made the first night flight over the Rockies in 1935 from Williams Lake to Calgary - Ron struck and held the long Eddy matches so Sheldon the pilot could see the compass in their single engine Puss Moth. Ron went on to a stellar career with Trans Canada Airlines and Air Canada. After Ron won the heart of the prettiest load agent in Canada, Phyllis KIMBER, they were married in Montreal in January 1946. Ron and Phyllis had a wonderful life together in Montreal and Toronto and Victoria - it was in Toronto in the 1950s that they first spoiled Hilarie and Bill McMURRAY which began a lifetime of unconditional love and support. After leading the team to introduce the 747 to the Air Canada fleet, Ron retired from Air Canada in 1975. That same year Phyllis and Ron drove across the country to their new home in Broadmead. Together, they travelled the world, visiting the then Soviet Union in the 1970s and taking two trips to China in the 1980s.
Ron was an old fashioned gentleman, always impeccably dressed and unfailingly polite - we will hold in our hearts and our memories the image of Ron's beautiful smile and his tip of the hat.
The family would like to thank the incredible staff of RP1 at the Royal Jubilee Hospital for their loving care over the last 5 weeks. For the past year Ron enjoyed his life at The Peninsula in Sidney, British Columbia - his caregivers were wonderful, in particular Ian. Thank you. And a special thanks to Chris Chilton and Anne Moon for being such good Friends to Ron.
There will be no service at Ron's request. Later this year, Ron and Phyllis will be buried together in the Kimber family plot in Lethbridge, Alberta. If you wish, the family would appreciate memorial donations to the Salvation Army or to The Mustard Seed Food Bank.

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