William Thomas (Tom) Campbell
Tom passed away suddenly June 18, 2023 in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Tom is survived by wife Carol, children Krista Milne (Jared), Kendra Santiaguel and Brock Campbell. Grandchildren Nick, Noah, Kyla, Taylor, Isaiah, Tristan, Martika, Isabel and Elijah. He is also survived by siblings George (Sheila), Verna (Merv), Frances (Jack), Don, sister-in-law Charlotte, brother-in-law Lawrence, sister-in-law Connie (Ward), brother-in-law Jim and many nieces and nephews.
Tom (He Sits in Four Directions- Qua Qua Pee Tong) was adopted by the family of Alfred Redsky in a traditional ceremony at Shoal Lake. Tom and his adoptive brother Herb Redsky were able to share one last fishing trip in the summer of 2022 at Shoal Lake.
Tom was predeceased by his Mom and Dad, siblings Ed, Forbes, Kathleen, Maudie (Bernie), Shirley, sister-in-law Anne, and adopted brother Alfred Redsky.
Tom was born November 18th, 1950 in Norway House to Kitty and Charles Campbell. He attended elementary school in Norway House and moved to Lac du Bonnet with his parents for his final high school years. He met his amazing wife Carol in Pinawa during high school and they eloped during moose hunting season to the Yukon in 1972. Tom and Carol spent 3 years in the Yukon and welcomed their two daughters Krista and Kendra while living there. Tom and Carol then settled in Winnipeg, where they welcomed their son Brock and raised their family.
Tom attended the University of Manitoba in the early 1990s and completed a degree in Environmental Studies. Upon graduation, Tom began work with Shoal Lake #40 First Nation in Ontario. He fell in love with the community, transferred his band membership and successfully ran for Band Councillor at Shoal Lake #40.
It became Tom and Carol’s dream to leave Winnipeg and build their forever home on an island on Shoal Lake, at Robinson Point. They left Winnipeg and began construction of their log home in 2004.
Tom enjoyed spending his time practicing land based studies and introduced that passion to his grandchildren. Tom spent his time fishing, building, hunting, sharing his knowledge and his experiences and connecting with his community and family. We will remember Tom for his gift of storytelling and keeping us entertained; there will not be any fact checking. In more recent years, Tom faced significant health issues and did not practice as active a role in these activities but still enjoyed telling stories about his adventures and sharing his wisdom. Tom was endlessly supported by his inspiring and compassionate wife Carol who demonstrated her devotion daily through her care of him and managed their home on their island. Surrounded by Carol’s love, Tom found comfort in the warmth of his wood stove in the winter and the water hitting the rocks outside in the summer; he and Carol had truly found home.
A wake for Tom will be held at Shoal Lake Band Office (the old school) Friday June 23, 2023 at 11:00 a.m. The funeral will be on Saturday, June 24th at 11:00 a.m. in the gymnasium and will honour both Traditional and Christian services, as that is how Tom lived his life. Tom will be buried in Shoal Lake at Rice Bay.
TYJPTL (Thank you Jesus Praise the Lord)
“For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future”
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