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FLO CAMPBELL

(nee BULLOUGH)

Peacefully in her daughter’s arms Flo Campbell went to join the love of her life, Jack, on Thursday May 30, 2019.   Our Mom had a song for everything and if she were here to write this, she would have a fitting one no doubt.   Ask anyone!  Younger people often didn’t believe her that the songs were real songs when she started to sing some tunes.  Shortly before she passed away, she turned to her nurse and started to sing “I am going to live ’til I die” (sung by Frank Sinatra for those who don’t know!)

And, she did just that. Mom lived a full and happy life.

Flo was born in Toronto, Ontario on August 7, 1932 the youngest child of Phil and Dolly Bullough.  “Toronto the Good” as she called it was her playground and she loved everything about it.   Flo attended Givins Public and Parkdale Collegiate schools with great pride making many lifelong friends.  One of those childhood friends was her soul-mate John (Jack) Campbell.  After playing on Fennings Street as youngsters they became inseparable in their pre-teen and teen years.  On September 1, 1951 they were married in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario where Jack was working at the time. They were married in the Salvation Army, the church they both called home.  Their children, Phyllis (Denis), Robert (Kathryn) and Donald (Jane) were left with a legacy of what true love is.

Flo enjoyed all that life had to offer.  Whether it was keeping house, working one of her many clerical jobs she enjoyed with the Government of Canada or being a hockey and baseball Mom, she loved all she did.  She took to gardening with her green thumb.  The veggie garden always supplied wonderful summer treats for sandwiches and suppers alike.  Flo had a great love for music of all types, except country/western and bagpipes!  With a name like Campbell it was hard sometimes to avoid that.  She knew the words to so many songs from Broadway musicals like Wicked, one of her all-time favourites that she saw performed in England while visiting there with her son Donald, to silly ditties that her and her sisters would sing while doing dishes.  Many of those fun songs she passed on to her grandchildren, Jennifer (Stan), John (Pom), Jeffrey (France), Benjamin and Bradley and her great-grandchildren, John Paul, Breanna, Jorden, Mikita, Quinlan, Coral and Jesse. She also took great pride in the musical abilities passed on down to her son Don!  Her feet wouldn’t stop tapping to a tune if she heard one.  Her and Jack took up dance lessons in their retirement days in Panama City Beach Florida and could dance up a storm together.  Just a few weeks before she passed away a gentleman at the Residence asked her to dance during Happy Hour.  She talked about it for days afterward.  What a joy that was for her!

If Flo wasn’t dancing, she would be looking for a good card game.  Any game with cards would just about do but her game of choice was poker.  She loved to watch and even bet a few pennies.  Literally, she bet pennies!  And if you saw the size of her penny jar, you would know that she very rarely lost.

In the end, Flo’s greatest joy was her family.  She loved each member deeply.  She moved to Winnipeg at the age of 80 to be close to her daughter and her daughter’s family.  She imparted on them great gifts of wisdom and humour they won’t ever forget.  Staying in touch by phone was always important to her and  even in her last moments she had the opportunity to talk  to both her sons and remind them of how much she loved them and to hear how much they loved her.

Flo adjusted to changes in her life with courage and dignity, whether it was moving when Jack was transferred, or when she was stricken with Parkinson’s Disease.  She was an example of how to live whatever life brings you with your head held up and a song, even a silly one, on your lips.

Flo was predeceased by her husband Jack, her parents, siblings, Alfred (Joan) Bullough, Margaret (Henry) Kostin and Gladys Bullough, brother-in-law Billy, sister-in-law Norma and good friends Bernice, Marg and Logan.  She is survived by her 3 children, 5 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren, her sister-in-law Jacqui, her nieces, Lindy, Lynne, Roberta, Linda and Sharon Ann, her nephew Bobby, many great-nieces and nephews and  relatives from Scotland and England.  She will be truly missed by her wonderful friends from Malton, Sutton and Panama City Beach as well at the Seine River Retirement Residence, especially Irene.

September 1st held such special meaning to our Mom and Dad; their first date, their engagement and their wedding all took place on that date, so as they requested they will be interred together on September 1st at Prospect Cemetery in Toronto.

Our family would like to thank the marvellous staff at the Seine River Retirement Residence for making our Mom feel so much at home and well cared for.  We would also like to thank her family physician, Dr. K. Elias for being so watchful in her care. And, we would especially like to thank the Grace Hospital staff including the ICU staff and doctors for their gentle and compassionate care while overseeing Mom’s last days.  You all made our journey so much easier.

Our Mom would ask that you remember her when you raise your glass, especially if it is a white rum and Diet Coke, and to take the time to be with each other enjoying all the moments in this wonderful life!

“Wait for me, wait for me”
 I’ll be coming home, wait for me

The Righteous Brothers “Unchained Melody”

 

15 Guest Book

  • Cecile Bullough Posted June 6, 2019 1:54 pm

    It was my pleasure to have met you Flo. I’m sure all the family (especially Jack) were there to greet you at your time. R.I.P>

  • Alexis Posted June 6, 2019 2:01 pm

    She always had a smile and a twinkle in her eye!

  • Kristene Bullough Posted June 6, 2019 2:54 pm

    Truly a beautiful person inside-out. She will be missed dearly and will always hold a special place in my heart ❤️

  • Lindy Posted June 6, 2019 6:08 pm

    Aunt Flo, I will always treasure being able to have you in my life…you were an awesome Aunt to me. . So many special memories of growing up come to mind. I shall miss very much our visits and then the many, many phone calls after you left to live in Winnipeg…so many hours on the phone. I am grateful for the knowledge I gained from those phone calls and the visits.prior to you leaving We laughed a lot during those calls, me telling you how silly I had been and you telling me funny little stories that happened in your life. You always showed me compassion, even though you were struggling with your own issues. I will forever be grateful for your love.. My heart goes out to my cousins , Phyllis, Robert and Don, and their families during this very sorrowful time and hope that your love for them will help them through. I was so very blessed to have an Aunt like you. Love you and miss you. xoxo

  • Lynne and Mark Hillhouse Posted June 6, 2019 6:20 pm

    Flo and Jack taught us what happy hour is all about. We wil miss her as we miss him.

  • Noel Churchman Posted June 6, 2019 7:39 pm

    What a wonderful testament of a life lived with joy and spirit. May the family and grieving friends embrace this joy of life that they have been able to share with Flo. I’m sorry I missed out on knowing Flo as well as so many of you who have been so privileged to share.

  • Bonnie Hooley Posted June 6, 2019 8:18 pm

    “Mrs. Campbell “ as I knew her, always had a smile. She has left behind an amazing legacy.

  • Leanne Grave (Bullough) Posted June 7, 2019 1:54 pm

    A lovely tribute to a lovely lady . As a child my memories of seeing Aunt Flo and Uncle Jack are ones that make me smile. Always happy to see us with big smiles and love to give. Rest well.

  • stan burch Posted June 9, 2019 8:37 am

    a truly remarkable woman ! it was a real honor knowing her ! she will be truly missed !

  • Sharon Lee Posted June 10, 2019 3:48 pm

    Aunty Flo, I will miss you. All the times I use to come and visit on my way to go camping. Each summer August long weekend I would spend the day and sleep over just talking and catching up. I use to love hearing the stories you had about the family. I loved the stories about how you and Uncle Jack meet and the stories about my grandmother. You updated me about the year gone bye, and what was new or any upcoming events during the year. I always remember Aunty Flo always told me I couldn’t come Wednesday that was her Poker night with her friends. She always had a smile and kind words to share and wisdom to advise. When she moved to Winnipeg to be close to my cousin Phyllis we talked on the phone to catch up on how she was doing. We use to catch up on any news and what we were both up to. I will miss the chats we had. I send my condolences to my Cousins Phyllis, Robert and Donald, and the rest of the family.
    Aunty Flo you will be greatly missed.
    Love Always Sharon Ann

  • Maryellen Beattie Posted June 12, 2019 4:01 pm

    Hi i am so sorry to hear about your mom Flo… She was a wonderful lady my mom Marg and her were best friends they kept in touch all the time it was so cute to see them together or on the phone! I bet they are all together now all the best to u all xo

  • Odette Houle Posted June 13, 2019 3:38 pm

    Your Mom was a wonderful lady. I will miss her smile and sage words of wisdom. I loved hearing her sing when I visited. The kids remember her yearly visits as fun times. We will miss her. You all are in our thoughts and prayers at this trying time. Odette, Rob, Joshua, & Kayla

  • BEVERLEY FREDERICK GREGORY Posted June 20, 2019 12:15 pm

    Dear Phyllis, Robert and Donald and families. We are very sorry to hear of the passing of Aunt Flo and offer our sincere condolences and love to you all at this sad time, upon the loss of your dear Mom, Grandmom and Gt.Gt. Grandmom.. A very special Lady, who we first met during our visit to our daughter Katrina, Wes and Aidan in Toronto at Christmas time, 2002. Flo kindly invited us to her home in Simcoe, where we also met her sister Margaret.We were made very welcome and had a good chat about family history whilst Flo provided a delicious scrumptious lunch and of course cups of tea. A very happy day enjoyed meeting Aunt and Aunt Margaret. We regularly kept in touch via e-mails. Aunt Flo was a wiz at sending humorous e-mails which were a delight to share with other folk too.. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. With love from Bev, Frances and Gregory Family. Ainsdale, Southport, England..

  • GRACE HILLHOUSE (Scotland) Posted June 23, 2019 4:52 am

    The love and friendship we had with our cousin Flo & Jack, staying with them and meeting the family in Canada is one we will always treasure. We shared so many happy times …. singing, dancing, card games, Bingo and so many special days and fun times. Flo and I spoke regularly on the phone sharing our little stories on family news which with both always enjoyed. The Campbell’s will always be in our heart. Love always cousin Grace and (Frank – deceased) xxx

  • LINDA & STEFFAN OMAZIK (Scotland) Posted June 23, 2019 4:59 am

    Flo was a very, very special lady and will be missed hugely by family and all of her many friends. We loved welcoming Flo to our home in East Kilbride and the time we spent with her in Toronto was extremely memorable and special. We kept in regular contact with Flo by phone and loved the laughs and funny stories we shared, she truly was a one in a million and will stay in our hearts forever. Love to all the family Linda & Steffan xx

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