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Date of Passing: Oct 19, 2022

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1923 – 2022

Kathleen (nee Perkin) Campbell, beloved wife of the late A. Lorne Campbell died peacefully on Wednesday, 19 October 2022 at Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Kathleen is survived by her son Andrew and her daughters Jennifer and Deborah, her sister-in-law Barbara Carpenter and by her four nieces and families. She was predeceased by her brothers-in-law, Allan Barrie Campbell and John Carpenter, her sister-in-law, Mavis Campbell, and by her younger son, Duncan Lorne, and by her immediate family in England.
Kathleen was born and educated in England. In 1941, she volunteered for the Women's Auxiliary Air Force (W.A.A.F.) and was posted to a G.C.I. (Ground Controlled Interception) Radar Station on the south coast where she spent the next four years. It was while stationed there that she met Lorne, then a Lieutenant in the Royal Canadian Artillery. Their marriage took place in her home village of Moseley, Warwickshire on 18 January 1945, while Lorne was on leave from his regiment in Holland.
Kathleen came to Winnipeg in 1946. Her interest in volunteer work began with the Junior League of Winnipeg and eventually led to her involvement in theatre for children as President of the Children's Theatre of Winnipeg and a member of the Board of the Canadian Drama Association. Many years were also devoted to The Royal Winnipeg Ballet as President of the Women's Committee and founding member of the "Things" shop, and as a member of the RWB Board. For the 1967 Centennial, Kathleen represented the RWB on the building committee for the Centennial Concert Hall and was chair of the fund-raising "Club of the Century" project.
In 1970, as one of the two-member committee, she was involved in the furnishing of "Dalnavert Museum", the restored 1895 home on Carlton Street. She continued to be actively involved in museum projects including the construction of the adjacent Visitors' Centre.
Kathleen joined The Winnipeg Art Gallery in 1980 as Associate Curator: Decorative Arts. Research, exhibitions, and acquisition within the Decorative Arts collection became a major interest. She retired from the WAG in 1994 but continued her interest on a volunteer basis and received the title of Curator Emerita: Decorative Arts. She went on to compile and edit the "Focus Series".
She served as provincial representative on the Board of the Canadian Society of Decorative Art during its 1982 inaugural year. For many years she was a member of the Antique Arts Club of Winnipeg.
Summer months were spent at the family cottage enjoying both the activities, and the quiet of Victoria Beach, and where Kathleen found time for gardening. Her garden, wherever it was, always gave her great pleasure. Our Mother was a firm believer in keeping active and involved, and her family will always remember her with love and gratitude.
Cremation has taken place and will be followed by private interment at Old Kildonan Church churchyard at a later date.
Should friends wish, a donation in support of learning may be made to the "A. Lorne Campbell Q.C. Fund" (#621039), in the Faculty of Law at The University of Manitoba, or to the "Duncan Lorne Campbell Scholarship Endowment" (#226203), The Dean's Office, Schulich School of Music, McGill University, 555 Sherbrooke St. West, Montreal, Quebec, H3A 1E3 or to a charity of individual choice.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Oct 29, 2022

Condolences & Memories (1 entries)

  • Our condolences to Andrew & family. Sorry for your loss. - Posted by: Neil McLean (Worked with Andrew) on: Nov 01, 2022

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