Walter Douglas Campbell, Jr. of Middleboro died peacefully on April 7, 2021. Walt was 91.
He was born on August 14, 1929 in Albany, New York, son of the late Walter D. and May F. (Lepre) Campbell.
Walt was a retired Senior Chief Boatswain's Mate, serving in the United States Navy for 26 years and aboard six different ships and as a Patrol Officer on river boats during the Vietnam War. He was also a veteran of the Korean War. Walt worked for 23 years as a civilian employee of the Mass. State Police (Troop D, Middleboro).
Former Veterans' Services Officer and dear friend Paul J. Provencher eulogized Walt best:
"Walt was a veterans veteran. When he returned from 26 years of active duty he almost immediately got wrapped up in the local veterans organizations, thanks initially to the members of the local American Legion enrolling him as a member as soon as he was eligible and paying his dues during the many years he was on active duty and traveling the world. His interest in the American Legion came about by way of his father being a World War One veteran and a founding member of the Middleborough American Legion in 1919. His father paid his initial membership to become a member of the Sons of the American Legion (SAL) when Walt was just a young child and Walt continued his dual membership in the American Legion as he paid his SAL dues annually throughout his life. As a youth he became a member of the local SAL band playing the bugle. He was often excused from grade school and high school to play TAPS at the funeral of local Civil War and World War One veterans and up until sometime in his late 80s he still played the bugle that the local American Legion post gave him at the funeral of veterans and ceremonies around town. Ultimately he was an active member of not only the American Legion, but he also joined and became an officer in the local VFW, Disabled American Veterans, the Middleborough Veterans Council, and the Middleborough Veterans Honor Guard. He was also a founding member of the Middleborough Veterans Memorial Park committee. Additionally he was an officer in the Northeast Chapter of the Vietnam River Patrol organization and their national organization. He could always be counted upon to guide his fellow veterans, their families, and the veterans organizations with their individual and group issues and celebrations. He was definitely a mentor to many of the veterans and their family members that he encountered."
Walt is survived by his wife, Marilyn A. (Healey) Campbell, extended family and many good friends.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday (April 14, 2021) at 10 AM in Saints Martha and Mary Church, 354 Bedford Street (Route 18) Lakeville.
PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED TO ATTEND. PLEASE CLICK ON THE FOLLOWING LINK TO REGISTER:
Military Honors will be rendered following the Mass.
Burial will be private and in the Massachusetts National Cemetery.
Visiting hours are respectfully omitted.
Memorial contributions may be made to: Town of Middleboro, 20 Center Street, Middleboro MA 02346. Memo: Veteran Emergency Fund.
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