Campbell, Alan Sibley – Middle Stewiacke. Born in 1949, he passed away April 21st, 2017 in Colchester East Hants Health Centre, Truro.
Alan grew up on the family farm in Middle Stewiacke, a son of the late Ralph and Winifred Campbell, and a product of the post-war baby boom. Kids then learned to work hard and play hard, and it was there that Alan’s lifelong love of sports was born and flourished. He played sports most of his life – hockey on the pond in winter and softball at the ballfield in summer, fished and trapped and worked on the farm. He attended South Colchester Academy and graduated in 1967. His talent and ability led to positions on many local teams including the Brookfield Elks and the Truro Bearcats, as well as membership in the Nova Scotia Sports Hall of Fame as part of the Canadian Mens Softball Champions in 1980.
Alan’s talent and ability also led to his field of study and a Bachelor of Physical Education from University of New Brunswick in 1973. He played for the UNB Varsity Red Devils Hockey team for three seasons, Junior Varsity 1969-70 and Varsity 1970-1972.
After graduation he accepted a position as Director of Recreation for the Town of Summerside, P.E.I. and resided there for three years. He was the Captain of the Summerside Combines Intermediate Mens Hockey Team and player/Coach of the Mens Softball Team. Alan went on to complete his Masters Degree in Recreational Planning at the University of Waterloo in 1979.
He returned to the family farm, Bellton Farms, in Middle Stewiacke, which he purchased after his father passed away. He developed a successful Registered Holstein breeding program with extensive ET work and his breeding stock was sold all over North America. Alan’s favourite was Hanover-Hill R A Star Lee EX 23 stars, with some 70 daughters to their credit. Right up until the day he died, he asked if there were any new results from the current classification round – he was hoping a couple of daughters would “move up” and Star Lee would get her 25 stars!
The culmination of years of hard work and careful animal husbandry was the Master Breeder Award in 2009, awarded by Holstein Canada to only 20 herds across Canada every year. It is their highest honour. Alan retired from dairy farming in 2009. He began playing golf in 2010 and played his last game on Jekyll Island, Georgia on February 27th, 2017. He loved golf with all the passion of all his other sports (and some frustration, too). He enjoyed many games on many courses in the Maritime Provinces, Quebec, Ontario and many states on the Eastern Seaboard but none as much as those on Jekyll Island, his home away from home for the last five years.
Alan will be sorely missed by all who knew and loved him! He was a unique individual with a great sense of humour and a serious appreciation of all sport. He passed away watching “the hockey game”.
Alan was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease in 1994 and managed to “work and play through it” for 23 years. He and his partner, Jane McDonald, wish to say a sincere “Thank You” to Dr. Sarbjit Singh and Dr. David King for their years of care. Also thanks to the nurses and staff on D-Wing at Colchester East Hants Health Centre – Alan appreciated your care and enjoyed your company!
Cremation has taken place under the direction of Arimathea Funeral Cooperative, Upper Musquodoboit.
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