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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

James K. Campbell, 73

James “Jim C” Kenneth Campbell of Norwalk, manager of estates in Westport and elsewhere, died Nov. 25 at home after battling cancer. He was 73.

He was born Aug. 4, 1940, to Douglas and Isabella Campbell in Glasgow, Scotland. He graduated Saint Gerard’s High School in June 1955. He emigrated to the United States with his mother and brother, Alistair, in 1957 and joined the U.S. Army in June 1959.

He was honorably discharged in June 1963 with the rank of Sargent E5, having last served in a recon unit. Upon his return to civilian life, he pursued a career in horticulture and attended Westchester Community College.

He also took on several studies at the New York Botanical Gardens over his career. In 1965, he married the love of his life, the former Ellen Carmel O’Gorman and they spent 48 years together until his death.

He went on to pursue a career in horticulture, eventually becoming his career goal of estate manager, working for some of the finest estates in Greenwich, Westport, and Pocantico Hills N.Y.

He was renowned for his elegant flower arrangements, outdoor flower beds bursting with color, beekeeping skills, and giant heirloom beefsteak tomatoes.

Throughout his life, he was a patriot and stood ever ready to defend his adopted homeland. He also enjoyed golfing and fishing.

In his later years he became very active in veterans affairs.

He was a lifetime member of VFW Post 399 in Westport, the Connecticut Veterans Honor Guard attached to American Legion Post 12 and VFW post 399, and also a lifetime member of the 9th District Veterans Club in Glenville.

He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Ellen “Carmel” Campbell, brother Alistair Campbell and sister Brenda (Bob) Henry, Son Aran (Marie) Campbell, daughter Charlotte Pennella, granddaughter Maryanne, grandsons Richard (Nariza) Nael, Christopher Pennella and Great Grandsons, Mathew and Ziren.

Special thanks to best friends Bill Reid, Joanie Evon, Dave Williams, Rob Custer.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, Nov. 30, at 10 a,m, in St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 203 East Ave., Norwalk. Interment will follow in St. John Cemetery, 223 Richards Ave., Norwalk.

Friends may call Friday, Nov. 29, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Collins Funeral Home, 92 East Ave., Norwalk.

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