In Memory of



Obituary for Ivan Campbell

With great sadness but gentle relief, I share the news that my Sweetie got his Angel wings after bravely fighting a battle that we both knew could never be won. ALS is a dreadful disease where you are totally aware of the war but unaware when the enemy will strike next, or where it will strike your body. It’s frightening for the victim AND the victim’s loved ones. It’s a disease which will hopefully be eradicated sooner rather than later.

Ivan William Campbell of Clifford passed peacefully in Walkerton Hospital on Wednesday, February 3rd, 2021 at 8:12 a.m. in his 85th year. In spite of our best efforts, Melanie and I didn’t arrive in time by only mere minutes, but were assured by his nurse that he passed peacefully and pain-free. We are thankful to our Heavenly Father for calling him home when He did.

Left to miss him forever are his loving wife Sheila (Watson) Campbell, and his children Lynda Kosalle & Dan Heffernan of Simcoe, Julie & Mike Way of Kitchener, Lee & Jackie Campbell of Clifford, Cori & Steve ‘Goose’ MacDougall of Waterloo, and Melanie Leith & Shane Thomas of Teeswater.

Grampa (aka Papa Ivan) will also be missed by his grandchildren Luke Heffernan & Jayme Skibinsky, Nick Heffernan, Jessica & Daryl Weltz, Jenna & Matt Leggett, Kalley & Derek Weltz, Brooke & Jerrad Riley, Brody & Nikki Campbell, Jamie MacDougall & Jason Nunn, Brett MacDougall, Zakery Leith, Hunter Leith, and Chayse Leith, and his great-grandchildren, June, Caden, Jayce, Oliver, Wiley, Everleigh, Graycee, Lewis, Memphis, Zara, Maverick, Dani, Mckinlay, and Emma, and another on the way in April.

Brother-in-law of Don Gibson of Harriston, and uncle of Douglas Gibson, Dawn Duncan, and Janice Nichols, and great-uncle of Courtland, Emma-Lee, and Lane.

Ivan was predeceased by his parents Bill & Cora (Strong) Campbell, sisters Dorothy Charron, and Evelyn Gibson, son Jamie Campbell, and nephew Ramsay Duncan. We know there will be a wonderful welcome upon his heavenly arrival.

A Lion’s Club Memorial Service will be held, by invitation only, at the Hardy-Lee Funeral Home, Harriston, on Monday, February 8th at 12:00 noon. Masks are mandatory and social distancing must be respected.

A private family funeral service will follow on Monday at 1:30 p.m. Due to COVID restrictions, please do not attend. Instead, the service will be recorded.

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Interment in Fordwich Cemetery.

Memorial donations to Clifford Lions Club, Knox United Church, Clifford, or Clifford Community Church would be appreciated. Online condolences may be left at

“Two very different people,
We were miles and worlds apart,
But on that beach, that midnight stroll,
Was where he stole my heart.”