2145 Compton Road, Cincinnati, OH 45231

John “Jack” Campbell June 8, 1930 - July 21, 2021

Mr. John E. “Jack” AKA “Bear” Campbell, age 91, passed away on July 21, 2021, surrounded by family.

Jack was born in Springfield, OH to John and Mildred Campbell. Jack married Wanda Vore of Springfield, Ohio on December 2, 1950, in Richmond, IN.

The two moved to Cincinnati after serving his country in the United States Army during the Korean War. He played football for the University of Cincinnati and earned the nickname “Bear” from coach Sid Gillman. During his years as a Bearcat he was a starting guard on both offense and defense all three of his varsity seasons, played in the 1955 Shrine East-West All Star game in San Francisco, and in 1951 participated in the Sun Bowl. Jack coached football, track and even wrestling for a few years at Woodward High School (1956-1979). He continued his career at Walnut Hills High School up until retirement in 1986. During the summers he managed Orchard Hill Swim Club where he taught hundreds of children how to swim.
After retirement Jack never lost his passion for staying fit. He was known for his tenacity, grit and determination while working out. Jack and Wanda were members of the Clippard YMCA for many years.

Jack is survived by his loving wife of 70 years, Wanda Campbell, children, Karen (Tom) Farmer, Doug (Diane) Campbell, Beth (Raja) Sifri, grandchildren, Holly Campbell, Katie (Zack) Davis, Michael (Michelle) Farmer, Allison Sifri and Christina Sifri, great-grandchildren, Ava and Mia, sister, Marjorie Brown, and many extended relatives and friends.

Jack was preceded in death by his parents and his best friend, Doctor Joseph T. Collins.

Visitation for Mr. Jack Campbell will be held on Friday, July 30, 2021, from 10:00 AM until services begin at 11:00 AM, at The Arlington Memorial Gardens Funeral Home, 2155 Compton Road, 45231. Once on the grounds of the memorial park, follow the blue line to the funeral home. Memorial donations can be directed to the American Heart Association.

 

Visitation for Mr. Jack Campbell will be held on Friday, July 30, 2021, from 10:00 AM until services begin at 11:00 AM, at The Arlington Memorial Gardens Funeral Home, 2155 Compton Road, 45231. Once on the grounds of the memorial park, follow the blue line to the funeral home.

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    Dave Pendleton says

    I graduated from Woodward H.S. in 1972. Had coach Campbell for gym class many times. Played many pick up basketball games against coach Campbell. What a teacher, what a coach, but more importantly, what a person. We were very lucky to have him to have him at Woodward. Makes me feel good that he lived a long ,good life.

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    Bruce Brown says

    God Bless Uncle Jack. We his sister Marjorie’s family lived in Tampa, Florida and Uncle Jack & Aunt Wanda would visit from time to time and it was always great seeing them. We’re a football family as well and a few us boys played in high school and always looked up to and admired our Uncle Jack for his play and accomplishments. Our Grandfather Campbell (Jacks Father) would talked about Jack and tell us stories of how Jack hit so hard one time he broke the blocking sled. He was a great uncle well except when he would tell us “I didn’t know Florida had a football team” joking about Our Bucs. We All Love You Uncle Jack, God Bless. From All of Us in The Brown Family

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    Cathy Cordes says

    I remember Coach fondly. My boyfriend was Captain of the FB team and I was a cheerleader. I would watch his practices and then played around with the FB. When coach saw how far I could punt the ball he told me he wished he could put me on the team. My Father new him from UC. He was on the team briefly. RIP Coach!

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