Owen Campbell was born March 5, 1926, in the district of Freehill St. Mary, Jamaica West Indies to Mary Clark and Wilmot Campbell. He was the first of seven children which included two who died in early childhood, and his sister Hazel who is now deceased.
He attended Freehill All Age school. He left Freehill at a young age in hopes of pursuing his life goals. He lived in Highgate St. Mary where he procured a job as a general worker with the Haddads who owned a haberdashery store. The Haddads were one of the primarymotivators in his life. He also worked with the Jamaica Railway Corporation and the Jamaica Telephone Company.
Owen then purchased some property and decided to concentrate on farming, raising cattle, and building a house. He married Ethel in April 1962. He was the father of five children and helped to raise many other children. Dedicated, Hard working, Committed, Quiet, Reserved, Loving, and kind are many words used by all who knew him to describe his personality. He made a good life for his family. He was well respected by the church, his family, and others in the community.
He and his wife Ethel recognized that an opportunity for a successful life for their children would evolve from a good education. They ensured that their children attended some of the best schools and stayed focused on their goals for a brighter future!
Sitting down at the dinning table with his children while he recanted stories of his boyhood days, was a favorite past time of his. Owen was a God fearing man, who attended the Highgate Gospel Chapel regularly while he lived in Jamaica, The Cambria Heights, and Hillcrest Gospel Chapel here in the United States.
He spent most of his leisure, reading the Bible and taught anyone who would ask about the Bible stories and their interpretation. At times he often sat quietly and rubbed his head while humming as he planed out his daily activities. If anyone would ask, how he was doing he would always respond "Well....I'm no way worse than usual".
He migrated to the USA in 1981. He worked as a mail clerk in a Manhattan office, and the remainder of his time before retirement he worked as a security guard. Post retirement, he enjoyed caring for his grandchildren.
Sadly, on March 25,2012, Owen died at the Parker Jewish Institute. He had received superior quality nursing care and rehabilitation. He was appreciative and very grateful for all the attention and concern for his well being by numerous workers. He will be missed by his loved ones and all whose lives he has uniquely touched.
He is survived by his siblings: Gerald, Daphney, and Joyce; his wife, Ethel; children: Winston, Vema, Owen (Johnny), Janet, and Felicia. Grandchildren: Phillipa, Leasa, Loris, Gabrielle, Bryan, Julien, Jordan,Tatiana, and Alexandra. Great grandchildren: Schavelle, Eric, Sonje, Shaolin, Elijah, Kayana, Emmanuel, Jalisa, and Orian. Daughters-in-law: Veronica, and Natalie. Sons-in-law: Kenbert, Evans and Kevin; Grand Son-in-law: Andrew. Nieces: Rosalee, Gail, Therese, Icelyn, Jacqueline, Sonia, Joy. Nephews: Derrick, Patrick, and George. He also leaves behind Brothers-in-laws, Niece and Nephew-In- laws, and many other relatives and friends.