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Demaine Funeral Home

5308 Backlick Road, Springfield, VA

OBITUARY

Robert Alexander Campbell

January 1, 1927May 18, 2020

Born on January 1, 1927 until his death on May18, 2020, Robert (Bob) Campbell’s legacy will be about the love of music and teaching students to love music. Born in Charlotte NC, Bob took his first job as a band director at a high school in Waynesville. Eventually Bob moved to Ann Arbor and received his Masters’ degree in music from the University of Michigan. From there he moved to Glendale, CA and became the band director at a high school for four years. Bob eventually moved to Bakersfield, CA, took over a struggling program at East Bakersfield High School and turned it into one of the best in the state. Revered by his students, Bob was tough but fair and taught them very well. Several students were inspired to become high school band directors of their own. In 2010 Bob moved to Springfield, Virginia and enjoyed his retirement there for his last ten years. The Littletons - John, Caterina, Philip and Francesca -were his family for many years and those who also knew him will miss him very much.

Services

  • Graveside Service

    Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Memories

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Fred Teixeira

May 27, 2020

When I think of people that made the biggest impact in my life, Mr. Cambell is near the top of my list. He instilled in me a life-long love of music, and helped me believe that I could do or be anything that I set my mind to.
I remember how important it was to him that we get a superior at the Ratings Festival every year and how he drove us to do our best. However, when we were one point shy my senior year and we were all very disappointed, he was the one who put It in perspective. As he did with many things, he used that moment to teach us a lesson about life.
Many years later, I was seeing patients in my medical practice in North Carolina where I now live, and my receptionist called me and told me my high-school- band teacher was at the front desk wondering if I had a moment to speak with him. I t was one of the best surprises I’ve ever had. My staff had heard me speak of him often, so they knew I would be thrilled to see him.
Rest in peace Mr. Campbell. Your legacy lives on through your many students and their children and their children’s children.

Suzie Nunley (Ritter)

May 27, 2020

I loved Mr. Campbell! He was tough and exacting, but a softy underneath the bluster. When I think back to my high school days, he is one of the teachers I remember fondly. And that accent!

Denise Shubert

May 27, 2020

Even for those of us not in band he was a big part of our memories of our high school days. I will always remember seeing him riding around town on his scooter. Rest In Peace Mr. Campbell.

Willie Hamlett

May 26, 2020



Mr. Campbell was simply one of the best men I have ever known. He had an impact that has stayed with me throughout my life. I learned so much about leadership and about how to love your neighbor from him. I am so thankful that a few years ago I was able to get a hold of Mr. Campbell‘s phone number and called him. It was an opportunity for me to thank him. He might’ve been slightly embarrassed by the praise, but I know he appreciated being remembered. He spoke of how other bandmembers had reached out to him throughout the years and how happy that made him. My friends Linda and Pat have already described the great joy he brought us in our high school years. I cannot imagine what it would have been like to have attended East High without Mr. Campbell. It’s now hard to imagine our lives without him. Much respect from the class of 76! Rest in peace and know you’re loved.

David Lampe

May 26, 2020

Mr. Campbell was a great teacher. I have fond memories of him at East Bakersfield High School 1966- 1969. I was one of his trumpets in Marching and Concert Band. I will never forget his Carolina accent. He always pronounced my name as "Die-vid." I will also never forget the summer that he let me ride his beloved scooter. He was always recognized tooling around on that in town.

Alice Hofer

May 26, 2020

Many good memories of my years playing flute in Mr. Campbell’s EB band.
RIP, Mr. Campbell

Priscilla Itliong-Bacus

May 26, 2020

Mr Campbell is one teacher I will never forget. He was my band director from 1972 - 1976. It looks like every one remembers a lot of the same things I remember- crew cut, scooter, running his hand over his head when we messed up, hiding from him when we attended football games when we should have been playing in the pep band. . . He gave me my one year pin when I finished my first year and then gave me a one year pin again when I finished my second year. I was scared of him and very "shy". It was not until my Senior year that some of my band friends told him that I needed a four year pin, not a three year pins. RIP Mr Campbell!!

Lawton Pelfrey

May 26, 2020

Wow, the memories! Coming out of junior high school barely grown, insecure and marginally capable it was Mr. Campbell who saved the day - band practice started weeks before the first day of school, so by the time everyone else showed up you already belonged, had some presence and a little gravitas. You knew the lay of the land so getting lost was no longer a scarring trauma because you were now in Bob Campbell's "force to be reckoned with" world. You were in "the band" and that changed everything.

Once Mr. Campbell's scooter developed a small gas leak and instead of getting it fixed he put an aluminum can underneath to catch the drips - for years. Often he would walk from the band room to the staff offices holding a new-fangled, 1970's era video camera that he used to videotape our half-time show practices and would bust kids who were not where they were supposed to be - with video evidence! Many mornings he would take us into the neighborhoods around East High for marching band practice and when late sleepers complained he just shrugged. He was a character, a cool cat and a marvelous role-model. Four years with the man now seems like a lifetime and thousands of us can look back with fondness and joy. Thanks for everything, and I mean everything, Mr. Campbell!

Linda Shaull

May 26, 2020

Losing Mr. Campbell is like losing your favorite uncle.
He was my band director. We had him for class everyday but during football season, we spent hours with him practicing the songs while marching in formation. He created a half time show that was impressive. We would march into a form of a heart while playing “I honestly love you”. He took us to Disneyland every year where we marched in the parade then spent the rest of the time having fun. Then we spent the night and he took us to the beach the next day.
He gave so much and it shows in the many people who love and respect him.
He called me Linder instead of Linda.
My heart hurts today.
RIP Mr. Campbell

Virginia (Ginny) Ross

May 26, 2020

I met Bob when I started working at East Bakersfield High in 1976. Two particular events I’ll never forget, Barbara Malm and I would always decorate the teachers classroom on their birthdays, WELL being born on January 1st, a New Years Baby, we did it right, baby rattles etc. and diapers. To say the least he was not happy, matter of fact he was quite upset with us, he told me to NEVER DO THAT AGAIN, my opinion of him was “you crabby old fart”. I think I may of said something else to him, and after I did, a week later I wrote him a note with an apology and put it in is mail box. From that day forward, we were friends, the other time was when he walked into school with scratches all over his hand and face. Bob, what Happened? Oh I was riding my bike to school and saw a NICKLE on the road and tried to reach over and pick it up🤣. Every year, and I mean every year after he retired he always called me on Halloween and asked me if I had my Broom polished, and every year on Groundhog Day he’d call and ask if I saw my shadow, he never failed. He was a TRUE BLADE IN EVERY SENSE OF THE WORD. A kind man and friend to many, he loved his family more than anything and was always bragging how lucky he was. They were the lucky ones. Will miss you Bob.

FROM THE FAMILY

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