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BRUCE GILCHRIST DUNCAN CAMPBELL
Born: Jun 25, 1936
Date of Passing: May 17, 2022Send Flowers to the Family Offer Condolences or Memory
BRUCE GILCHRIST DUNCAN CAMPBELL, O.C.
June 25, 1936 May 17, 2022
Peacefully on Tuesday, May 17 at the St. Boniface Hospital, Bruce Campbell passed away after a short illness.
Bruce is survived by Lesley, his wife of 59 years; their children, Nancy Gay Campbell (Douglas Laxdal) and Brock Duncan Campbell (Jennifer) and grandchildren, Ford Laxdal, Kai Laxdal, Reid Laxdal, Clayton Campbell, and Reese Campbell. Bruce is also survived by siblings, Calvin, twin brother Byron, Ross, James and Carolyn and their families.
Bruce was born to Duncan and Kathleen Campbell and grew up on the family farm at Chater, Manitoba. He attended Clinton School, Brandon Collegiate and graduated from the University of Manitoba Faculty of Agriculture in 1958 with a major in Animal Science. Post-graduation he joined Feed Rite Mills as a sales representative.
Seeing an opportunity, Bruce purchased an interest in a rural feed business in Landmark, Manitoba in 1968, becoming sole owner nine years later. For the next 30 years he led a team of partners and outstanding employees and turned Landmark Feeds Inc. into one of Western Canada's leading agribusiness companies known for its innovation, people-first culture and support for rural communities culminating with the company being sold to Maple Leaf Foods in 1999. Bruce established his reputation as a businessperson with vision and integrity but his true gift was his ability to forge relationships with people; his staff, customers and community.
Bruce made numerous significant contributions to the development of the agricultural industry in Western Canada. His many accolades include the Canadian Feed Industry Association Golden Award (1995); 1999 Manitoba Entrepreneur of the Year (Agriculture/Food); 1999 Prairies Region Entrepreneur of the Year; and the Manitoba Institute of Agrologists Distinguished Award in 2002. He was inducted into the Manitoba Agricultural Hall of Fame in 2004 and received the Outstanding Philanthropist Award by the Association of Fundraising Professionals in 2006. In 2007 Bruce was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from the University of Manitoba acknowledging his strong support of the industry. Bruce was named a Fellow of the Agricultural Institute of Canada, 2011; and inducted into the Manitoba Business Hall of Fame, 2016 for his entrepreneurship in agribusiness and his generous support of innovation and education in Canada's agriculture industry.
Bruce was honoured when he was awarded the Order of Canada in 2015. He played an important role in shaping Western Canada's agri-food industry. Bruce confirmed his interest in youth and agriculture when he and Lesley created the Bruce D. Campbell Bursary Fund at the University of Manitoba Faculty of Agriculture supporting many students to study agriculture. His support of educational causes is notably seen at the University of Manitoba Bruce D. Campbell Farm and Food Discovery Centre that serves to enhance our understanding of how food is made.
Bruce was proud of his association with Ducks Unlimited Canada, serving on the Board of Directors at the time of the development of the Headquarters and Interpretative Centre at Oak Hammock Marsh.
The high value he placed on people and their interests resulted in a wonderful network of friends and family that he and Lesley enjoyed throughout their life. They had many friends from winters spent in Palm Desert, CA, and St. Charles Golf Club. An avid outdoorsman, Bruce enjoyed the camaraderie of fishing and hunting with friends and family at locales that held a special place in his heart: Sparrowhawk Lake in Northern Manitoba, Lake of Woods, the Ponderosa and Tilston House. Whether in a boat or a blind or hashing out the day's activities around the fire Bruce was in his element. The end of the hunting season was celebrated at the Annual Game Dinner where stories were exaggerated between friends. He was very proud of his family. He adored his supportive and loving wife Lesley; his children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews and their families and savoured time with them all whether on a special Disney Cruise, Victoria Beach or Brandon reunions.
Bruce Campbell led an admirable life. He was generous, compassionate and principled. He had an incredible ability to connect with people. He loved his family, home, nature, and Manitoba.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution to the Canadian Cancer Society, the Siloam Mission or a charity of their choice.
A funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 25, 2022 at Chapel Lawn Funeral Home, 4000 Portage Avenue.
For those who wish to sign the online Guest Book please visit www.chapellawn.ca
Chapel Lawn Funeral Home
As published in Winnipeg Free Press on May 21, 2022
Condolences & Memories (12 entries)
Our profound sadness and sympathy, Dear Lesley and family. Bruce was one of the most generous and likeable people we have met in our journey through life. He will most certainly be missed. We remember fondly the visits we had with you in Palm Springs/Sun City. With our love and sympathy. David and Jeanmarie - Posted by: David and Jeanmarie Rushton (Friends) on: May 27, 2022
Bruce is one of those rare individuals that could make everyone feel special. On hunting trips that I shared with him, Bruce ensured that everyone was welcome, had the same opportunities and he celebrated everyone's success. A hunt with Bruce was always a treat because, well, Bruce was there. The annual Game Dinner, curated by Bruce, was keenly anticipated and it never disappointed. On behalf of my spouse Linda, and son Mark, I extend my condolences to Lesley, Brock and the rest of the family. TIM SOPUCK - Posted by: Tim Sopuck (Friend) on: May 24, 2022
Dear Lesley and your family - I was saddened to read of Bruce's passing. Bruce was always pleasant, polite and interested in what was happening on the farm in my business interactions with him. May you cherish the many happy memories you have created and may they bring solace and comfort at this time and in the coming days. You are in my thoughts and prayers. With sympathy, Corene - Posted by: Corene (Barkman) Antle (Business aquaintance) on: May 23, 2022
Dear Lesley, Nancy and Brock... Reading your Father's tribute I cannot but admire who he was. Understated and always more interested in what you were doing than what he was achieving. His elegance and kindness will be something I will always remember. My thoughts are with you. He lived a well lived life and is an example in how to leave the world a better place than the way we found it. Heather - Posted by: Heather Cameron Scott (Friend) on: May 22, 2022
It was a pleasure to meet Bruce on several occasions on his trips to Toronto and at their home in Palm Dessert. He was both interesting and interested. A true community builder who left the world a better place. A life well-lived indeed. - Posted by: Jennifer Keenan (Friend) on: May 22, 2022
Met Bruce once on a trip out west many years ago.He was great company and enjoyed our conversation.My sympathies to Lesley and the rest of the family. - Posted by: Doug Hillman (First cousin of Lesley) on: May 22, 2022
First met Bruce when he became part of Landmark Feed Mill. I was working for Cominco (Elephant Brand) fertilizer at the time. We often got into a discussion about the feed business vs. the fertilizer business opportunities. He certainly favored the feed business! Always enjoyed meeting Bruce over the years. He was one of those special people one always liked to meet. - Posted by: ED Thompson (Aggie acquaintance ) on: May 21, 2022
Our most Sincere Condolences Lesley and Family. To a true Gentleman, Bruce wishing you tight lines and straight shooting! You will be missed on the annual fishing trip at Sioux Narrows. Rob and Linda Ferens. - Posted by: Robert & Linda Ferens (Family Friends) on: May 21, 2022
Sympathy to Leslie and her family. Watched Bruce develop from that lanky kid from Chater to owner of Feedrite and his many contributions to the Ag Induatry. May he rest in Peace. - Posted by: Douglas Southam (aggie friend) on: May 21, 2022
Our condolences to Lesley and the family. Wow, so many memories come flooding back. I truly enjoyed my time working for Bruce at Landmark Feeds. Those times of company Christmas parties, weekend outings, lunches, etc. were great. Bruce was not only an excellent employer but a true friend! I am sorry we will not be able to be there on Wednesday due to health reasons, but we wish you all God's comfort and strength during this time. -Sid & Dora Koop - Posted by: Sid & Dora Koop (Friend and employee ) on: May 21, 2022
I'd like to offer my sincere condolences to the Campbell family. As a former employee and customer, I had the good fortune of knowing Bruce. Indeed, he did have a most incredible ability to connect with people, he was truly a highly principled man of great integrity, and certainly he led an admirable life. What better summary could there be of anyone? - Posted by: Marvin Hildebrand (Friend) on: May 21, 2022
Condolences to Lesley and the entire family! Bruce was a very special friend to my family in the colony growing up. He did business and friendship with my dad Sam that spread to the hearts of of my entire family. I enjoyed being in charge of making coffee and homemade desserts at age of 15 when he came to the house for coffee. Bruce had special gift and heart to see the best in people, to encourage and nourish with a big smile was an obvious passion and strength he had . And I was truly one of those people that got to experience it. Rest In Peace Bruce. Enjoy heavens gains! - Posted by: Ruth Carriere (Daughter of Sam and Elizabeth Hofer from the Rainbow hutterite colony) on: May 21, 2022
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