Roland O. Campbell, 1920-2008

Mike Russo (l) and Roland Campbell at the Library
Mike Russo (l) and Roland Campbell at the Library
Former long-time RIHS staff member Roland Campbell passed away on the evening of August 13 at the age of 88. He had been battling a bad case of pneumonia and had recently suffered a heart attack. He was the husband of the late Irene (Laliberte) Campbell.
Born in Central Falls, RI in January 1920, he was the son of the late Joseph and Alexandrine Campbell. He operated Campbell’s Market on Pine Street in Providence for over 40 years. Roland served in the Army Air Corp during World War II. One of his favorite summer pastimes was cheering on the Boston Red Sox and attending Pawtucket Red Sox games. Mr. Campbell worked at the Society’s Library for many years, retiring in 2003 after two decades of service.
He is survived by two sons, Paul R Campbell of Cranston, Peter A Campbell of Lincoln and a daughter Francine M Rossi of Northport, NY, and a brother Roger A Campbell of Mirror Lake NH. He also leaves seven grandsons and a granddaughter.
The funeral was held on Tuesday at 8:45am from The Butterfield Chapel 500 Pontiac Avenue Cranston, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Ann’s church Cranston Street at 10:00am. In lieu of flowers, donations in his name may be made to the Beacon Hospice, 1 Catamore Blvd, East Providence, RI 02914.

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