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Pine Crest Funeral Home & Pine Crest Cemetery

1939 Dauphin Island Pkwy, Mobile, AL

OBITUARY

Alan "Boaty" Campbell Sr.

July 17, 1951June 15, 2020
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Alan “Boaty” Campbell July 17, 1951- June 15, 2020

Alan “Boaty” Campbell of Point Clear, Al passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Monday June, 15 at the age of 68. Boaty was a firefighter in Mobile for 30 years before retiring in 2002 as the fire boat pilot. Boaty spent his life, and made his living on Mobile Bay. Boatys greatest joy was donating his time and knowledge to helping others. He was a wonderful father and a loving husband. He will be sorely missed but he missed nothing. He is proceeded in death by his mother Mary Agnes, father Pete, brother Archie, sister Donna and daughter Joanna. He is survived by his wife Jolee, son Alan (Stephanie), son in law Ike Blake, grandchildren Eli and Myra, brothers Albert and Armand, Sisters Kay, Mary, Ethel and many other nieces, nephews, family, and friends. Visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 17, 2020 at Pine Crest Funeral Home, Mobile, Alabama. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. at Cathedral-Basilica of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Mobile, Alabama. Interment will follow in Magnolia Cemetery, Mobile, Alabama

  • FAMILY

  • Joanna, Daughter (deceased)
  • Mary Agnes Toenes Campbell, Mother (deceased)
  • Archie Emanuel Campbell, Father (deceased)
  • Archie, Brother (deceased)
  • Donna, Sister (deceased)
  • Jolee, Wife
  • Alan (Stephanie), Son and Daughter in Law
  • Ike Blake, Son in Law
  • Eli and Myra, Grandchildren
  • Albert and Armand, Brothers
  • Kay, Mary and Ethel, Sisters
  • also survived by many other nieces, nephews, family, and friends

Services

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, June 17, 2020

  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Thursday, June 18, 2020

  • Committal Service

    Thursday, June 18, 2020

Memories

Alan "Boaty" Campbell Sr.

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Gary Cobb

July 6, 2020

When one forevermore looks out onto Mobile Bay they will always say to themselves, "I don't know what it is but something seems to be missing from all that I see here".
I will tell them now that that "something" that is missing from Mobile Bay is one man in his boat. A man at home on the bay, more at home on water than on land. The vast waters and seascape of Mobile Bay will forever miss the company of one, Boaty Campbell. A Bayview seems somewhat empty now to me.

Jon Byler

June 18, 2020

This picture is from Nov. 4th, 2014. Joanna called me the day before and said she was driving down from DC with Myra to visit because the cancer on Boaty's liver had come back, and asked if I would take over driving for her once they made it to Auburn. Both Boaty and Joanna were people that you wouldn't think twice to drop what you were doing and help so, of course I did. As you can see in this picture from our boat ride to check the crab traps the next day, he was the kind of person who would help you, but also let you figure it out, if that is what you needed. He always knew what you needed. The only pictures I have of the night before when we arrived are of a rib and a can of coors light for the guy who doesn't eat things that swim. He had his opinions about things, but he was also happy to let you have your own, especially when it meant more crabs for him!

The night we got there, Boaty was waiting by the dock, and told us that everything was going to be O.K. He explained how the oncologist had planned to only test him for the cancer's return every year instead of every six months, and he replied to the doctor "The hell you are!" and had him test anyway. They caught it early, and he went on with his life. If he was worried, he sure didn't show it. You could see the fear and anxiety drain out of Joanna's face because of his confident attitude and demeanor. He had this stubbornness and clarity of focus, mixed with a huge heart, knowledge that we live in a bountiful world that has enough for all, and a desire to bring joy into people's lives. Boaty projected this into the world for others through sheer force of will and a deep sense of what was right. He was one of the most capable people I have ever known, and inspired this in those he knew and loved, as evidenced in Joanna's work.

Sending all the love to Jolee, Myra, Ike, and all who knew him. Boaty was one of a kind in the best kind of way, and will be terribly missed.

Tommie Roy

June 18, 2020

When I think of Boaty and Jolee I remember all of the fun times we had in the past. My sister, Susan and her husband, Gary a firefighter on the department with Boaty would rent a house on dauphin island and Boaty and Joleen would come down with boiled crabs. He would always give us a lesson in the best way to break them open and eat them. We always enjoyed their visits. We had many memories together and great stories from those summers. We are so sad to hear of his passing. We had just read the article in mobile bay monthly on him. Enjoyed it and laughed at the stories we had heard before. Jolee we are so sorry for your loss he will be dearly missed. May God help and bless you with the loss of your love. Love, Tommie and Cooney Roy. Love to your family.

Matt Comer

June 18, 2020

I'm so sorry to hear this news. What an incredible character and generous, welcoming person. I feel so lucky to have known him for a just a little while. Thinking of his family and friends during this time. Much love to you all.

Susan Smith

June 17, 2020

Boaty my good friend rest peacefully and pain free in Gods hands. Joleen my prayers are with you and your family at this time . Heaven has another good man.

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