Jack Campbell

01/10/2012 5:30 PM |

Jack Campbell of East Marion died at home on Jan. 6, 2012, of Alzheimer’s disease. He was 76 years old.

He was born April 3, 1935, in Astoria, N.Y., to Michael and Agnes (Hazelton) Campbell.

Jack graduated from Iona College in New Rochelle, N.Y., in 1956 and from Officer Candidate School in Newport, R.I., in 1957. He was a naval officer at Great Lakes Naval Training Center, where he trained naval personnel to become teachers.

In 1960, Jack began teaching Spanish in his beloved Greenport and spent 33 years in the classroom. During that time, he earned a master’s degree from Hofstra University in Hempstead and was among four teachers from Greenport who received federal grants to advance their education. It was quite an accomplishment for Jack and his fellow teachers that so many grants were awarded in a small district like Greenport.

Jack always enjoyed golfing, particularly after he retired. He was an active member of Island’s End Golf and Country Club for 40 years and served one term as its president. His 45-year membership in the East Marion Fire and Rescue Squad was very rewarding. Jack also enjoyed traveling, and his trips to Australia, New Zealand, South America and Europe were among his favorites. But his most loved and memorable journey was to Ireland, where he visited his cousins and the family’s 18th-century farm.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Dede (Jardine) Campbell; his children, John (Karen), Brian (Melissa), Lynn (Karl) and Loretta; his grandchildren, Kyle, Conor John, Brianna, Cailin, Michael and another grandchild expected in April 2012; his brother, Jerry; his sisters-in-law, Gerry, Judy and Ray; and many nieces and nephews, who were always a part of his life. He was predeceased by his brother Thomas in 2004.

Visiting hours are scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 11, at Horton-Mathie Funeral Home in Greenport. A funeral mass will be celebrated Thursday, Jan 12, at 11 a.m. at St. Agnes R.C. Church in Greenport, Father Thomas Murray officiating, along with Monsignor Ray Walden and Deacon Chris Vigolotti.

Memorial donations may be made to John’s Place homeless shelter at St. Agnes R.C. Church, or to East End Hospice.