Letter To The Editor

Dear Editor,

I would like to express to you my gratitude to you for your coverage of my dad?s death (?Home to Glory? The Passing of Ken Campbell?–September 6, TR News). My husband and I have been so grateful that Dad and Mom?s last years were spent so happily in Tumbler Ridge. Having visited them on several occasions since their move in 2000, I easily saw and experienced the warmth and sense of community in TR that I know was so very much appreciated by my parents. Thank you to Loraine Funk for the beautiful words she wrote about dad in her editorial (Sep 6).

I am sending along a note that I wrote to the author of the story about Dad?s death–John Burman of the Hamilton Spectator–concerning a few inaccuracies in his story. Mr. Burman got in touch with me right away to say that he appreciated my contacting him about this and that the Spectator would run a correction concerning the last line in the story: ?Campbell is survived by four daughters and six grandchildren.? In fact, dad left behind four daughters and one son.

If it is possible for you to run this correction as well, I would be grateful.

Thank you for your work in a community that has become dear to my heart.

Appreciatively yours,

Annette Ahern

Antigonish, N.S.

Dear Mr. Burman:

I am Ken Campbell?s oldest daughter, Annette Ahern, and I live in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. I want to thank you for taking time to write about my father?s death on August 28, 2006. I particularly liked your opening sentence: ? Evangelist Ken Campbell never sat in a comfortable pew?.

I did notice several errors concerning dates and other factual information. I guess because of my training in history, such things catch my eye. The version of your story that I read was in Dad?s home town for the past six years, Tumbler Ridge, B.C. (September 6, 2006, ??Home to Glory? the Passing of Ken Campbell?: p. 1-2). On Page two it states that dad was ?the son of McMaster professor Robert Duncan Campbell?. My grandpa Campbell was a student in the seminary at McMaster, not a professor. The sentence goes on to refer to McMaster as being at that time a ?bible school?. I don?t think McMaster was ever a Bible School. Grandpa was a student in the seminary (then located in downtown Toronto) at the time he made his decision to leave.

The story goes on to state that Ken ?found God at 18 in a revival meeting?. While it is true that Dad renewed his commitment to Jesus Christ around the age of 18 in a revival meeting, his actual conversion took place at the age of four. Dad writes about the experience in his autobiography, A Live Coal From the Altar (Coronation Publication, 1964) on p. 7. Jumping forward a few years to dad?s second marriage to Norma Nandrea, Dad married Norma on November 27, 1960 at which time she began to care for the two girls. The story reads: ?Norma Nandrea, a close friend of Alice, moved toCanada to care for the two Campbell children while their father was travelling and they married a year later.? So there was no gap of a year between the time Norma began to care for the girls and her marriage to Ken.

Another thing I noticed concerned the part about Dad?s settling in Milton. Dad lived at Rattlesnake Point just outside of the town of Milton from July 7, 1959 for the next 41 years at which time he moved to Tumbler Ridge (A Live Coal, 108). This is in response to the sentence in the story that reads: ?After 14 years on the road and three more children, Campbell rose to prominence first in Halton when he left the evangelical circuit and settled in Milton?.

Finally, there are four girls and one boy in the family. Thus, Dad is survived by four daughters and one son, together with six grandchildren.

The story reads that he is ?survived by four daughters and six grandchildren?.

Thanks for your story. Thanks too for taking time to read this message.

Best wishes,

Dr. Annette Ahern

Antigonish, N.S.

P.S. I hope you do not mind but I am copying my brother and sisters on this.