Remembering Patrick Campbell

(August 29, 1923 – November 5, 2017)

Patrick CampbellBorn in Selkirk, Manitoba, and after losing both of his parents while he was a young boy, Patrick spent the wartime years in London with relatives, when he developed a love of aviation. Following the war, he was part of a task force sent to Germany to dismantle military factories. After returning to Canada, he worked for Canadair. His passion for aviation led to being a member of the Montreal chapter of CAHS. He served as a director with the Montreal Aviation Museum, which now houses the Bibliothèque Patrick Campbell Library.

Patrick was also an avid member of the Canadian Aerophilatelic Society and a member of a Montreal Sherlock Holmes group, writing several books in the style of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Those titles included Tides of the Wight, Shades of Sherlock, and Holmes in the West Country. He also wrote At the End of the Final Line, a book on the construction and manufacture of aircraft.

Patrick was a tireless genealogist and a skilled woodworker. He spent his last two weeks at the West Island Palliative Care Residence and passed away with his family at his side.