NORTH FALMOUTH, Mass. — Father William W. Campbell passed away at the Marian Manor Nursing Home in Boston, February 3 at the age of 87. He was born in Salem to the late W. Warren and Louise C. (Barry) Campbell.
Father Campbell grew up in Immaculate Conception Parish, Salem, went to St. Mary Boy’s High School in Lynn. He entered St. John Seminary during the war years which meant 24 months of continuous studies.
Cardinal Cushing ordained Father Campbell on Jan. 10, 1952, at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross.
After serving at St. Patrick Parish in Cambridge for four years, Father Campbell was among 10 Boston priests who responded to that invitation and joined the military chaplaincy in 1956.
As a priest in the Air Force, Father Campbell has been around the world five times and lived in 12 countries. But what he thoroughly enjoyed was talking to young people about vocations. He was especially proud of the 10 GI’s he had known who entered priesthood or religious life.
In June 1987 after 31 years of service, he retired as a colonel from the Air Force. He went on to direct the Notre Dame University ROTC program as assistant to the president. Three years later he returned to Boston and accepted an appointment as pastor of St. Mary Parish in Wrentham in September 1990.
He retired Sept. 30, 1994, and resided at his family home. He resided in Falmouth serving at St. Elizabeth Seton Parish in Falmouth and many years at St. John the Evangelist Parish in Pocasset.
Father Campbell is survived by his nephew, Richard Campbell, and one great-niece and one great nephew. He was predeceased by his brother, Richard Campbell and sister, Miriam Chader.
A funeral Mass was celebrated February 11 at St. John the Evangelist Parish. Burial followed at the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne.
Arrangements were handled by Chapman, Cole and Gleason Funeral Homes
Memorial donations may be made to: Regina Cleri Inc., 60 William Cardinal O’Connell Way, Boston, Mass. 02114-2709.