After decades of service together in the evangelical field, Ken and Norma Campbell moved to Tumbler Ridge in 2001. Whereas many would have chosen to retire quietly, this was not in Ken and Norma?s natures, and they were active in the community on many fronts, including the establishment of Renaissance Canada and the ?Wilderness Conference?. This conference attracted participants from across the country during the years when Tumbler Ridge?s future was in the balance, and helped promote the concept of the community as a gem that needed to be enjoyed and treasured.
Norma passed away in their Tumbler Ridge home on 30 January, 2006, just days before her 70th birthday. Ken, though suffering from metastatic prostate cancer and hydrocephalus, insisted on staying on in Tumbler Ridge under the watchful eye of friends (especially neighbours Gary and Betty Guernsey and Bill and Pauline Hendley), their church ?family,? and the medical care of Dr. Charles Helm. Two of his children and their families, David Campbell and Kathy Bubel, who live in Delta, finally persuaded Ken to come stay with them in August, but not until after his participation and leadership at the Wilderness Conference (at which he was given a warm tribute and farewell by colleagues and friends).
Within just a few days of arriving in Delta, Ken was admitted to palliative care at the Delta Hospital, where he was kept comfortable and his children and grandchildren were able to be with him daily. He passed away peacefully on 28 August 2006.
In celebration of their inspiring and wonderfully productive lives, a Memorial Bench has been installed by the Campbell family at Tumbler Point, with the support of the District of Tumbler Ridge and Ken and Norma?s friends.
The family comments: ?We?re so glad we can honour Mom and Dad?s memory in this way. They were true nature-lovers, and never tired of singing the praises of the beauty that surrounded them in Tumbler Ridge. They delighted in sharing it with family and friends from near and far, and this bench is a mark of both their warm hospitality and their abiding wonder at the marvels of creation.?
The plaque reads: ?The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad for them; and the desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose.? Isaiah 35:1.
In loving memory of Ken and Norma Campbell.
May this bench and plaque provide rest and inspiration to many a weary hiker at Tumbler Point, and may it long serve as a reminder of two of our most celebrated residents.