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James Campbell Jr.

September 19, 1934 — May 19, 2022

James “Jim” Daniel Campbell, Jr., age 87, of Erie, passed away on Thursday, May 19, 2022 at Pleasant Ridge Manor.

He was born on September 19, 1934 in New York City, the son of the late James D. Campbell, Sr. and Mary Irene Nethercott Campbell.

James was a 1953 graduate of Cathedral Prep High School where he played football and was affectionately called ‘Moose”. He also attended the U.S. Naval Academy, Columbia University in Washington D.C. and Gannon University, earning a degree in electrical engineering. He was employed at General Electric for 38 years in Engineering Management. James was very dedicated to his career which involved international travel to all parts of the world to solve crane issues.

Jim and his loving wife Julia “Judy” enjoyed 64 wonderful years of marriage. Together they had six children. James is survived by three daughters, Denise Marie Campbell, of Highmore, SD, Jeanne Patricia Campbell of Chevak, Alaska, Susan Eileen Campbell of Cleveland, OH; three sons; James D. Campbell, III (Pamela) of Edinboro, PA, Joseph Edward Campbell (Wendy) of Lake City, PA and John “Jack” Anthony Campbell (Sheri) of Erie. James is further survived by ten grandchildren, Michael and John Knockel, Bryan, Gabriel, Samuel, Danielle and Joshua Campbell, and Keith (Adrienne), Janelle (Teresa) Wicks and Ani Trawles; and four great grandchildren, Myles and Maya Walters and the newest twins, Cliodhna and Oisin Wicks. James was preceded in death by two sisters; Virginia McGovern and Dorothy Hosteter; and two brothers; Albert and James Sterling Campbell.

Those that met Jim, remembered him. He was a large man, not just in height, but also in heart.
During retirement James spent many years enjoying the great trips they took with the GEER group. (General Electric Exempt Retirees). Jim had a gift for working with wood. He was a craftsman, making many beautiful pieces that will live on forever. He was always there to help a neighbor in need and his handiwork can be found all along his Hartt Road neighborhood.

When his family was young James enjoyed taking them camping but then as the family grew older they turned to boating. His family and friends have shared many stories of their trips across Lake Erie. How James could maneuver the Celtic C’s into that first boat stall is still a wonder! James was a past Commodore, and a life-long member of the Presque Isle Yacht Club. He and his family enjoyed the many friendships they made there. The family would like to acknowledge the many years of special friendship with Harold and Janet Eisert.

James was a member of St. Jude’s Catholic Church.

Friends may call at the Burton Quinn Scott Cremation and Funeral Services, Inc., West Ridge, 3801 W. 26th Street on Tuesday from 3:00 p.m to 7:00 p.m, and are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial on Wednesday, at 11:00 a.m at St. Jude Church 2801 W. 6th Street, Erie, PA 16505. Burial to follow in Gate of Heaven Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude’s Church.

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Tuesday, May 24, 2022

3:00 - 7:00 pm (Eastern time)

Burton Quinn Scott Cremation and Funeral Services West Ridge

3801 West 26th Street, Erie, PA 16506

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Wednesday, May 25, 2022

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St. Jude the Apostle Church

2801 West 6th Street, Erie, PA 16505

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