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R. Bruce Campbell Obituary


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“As a former Higbee coworker I had the good fortune to work under Bruce's leadership. He was a true gentleman and commanded respect and admiration. 24...Read More »
1 of 5 | Posted by: Bob Schaefer - North Olmsted, OH

“For the past 13 years as a facilitator and the last three years I am the leader of a Volunteer church group called Employment Connections. Bruce was...Read More »
2 of 5 | Posted by: Gregory Polyak - Chagrin Falls, OH

“I know all of his classmates at Edgewood High School will sorely miss Bruce. He came to almost all our reunions over the years and we all enjoyed...Read More »
3 of 5 | Posted by: Jean Melvin Wiegand - Chicago, IL

“You were, and always will be, loved by those who knew you best! Perhaps out of our sight for now ... but never forgotten! NOW! Get back to your...Read More »
4 of 5 | Posted by: Linda Bailey - relative

“I remember a really sweet, nice guy, a true gentleman even as a teenager, and of course a terrific BB player. Sounds like he had a wonderful life...Read More »
5 of 5 | Posted by: Kay Hunt - Fearrington Village, NC


R. Bruce Campbell, age 75 of South Russell, OH died May 17, 2012 at his home. Born July 4, 1936 in Pittsburgh, PA to Robert J. and Doris (nee: Custer) Campbell. He is survived by his wife Jane (nee: Margerum) Campbell sons Scott (Karen) Campbell of Waterford, NY and Mark (Susanne) Svette of South Russell; daughters Holly (John) O'Flaherty of West Park, Christy A. Svette of South Russell and Sara (Jason) Clayton of Weare, NH; his brother Donald (Pat) Campbell of Naperville, IL.; and eight grandchildren. He was the beloved "Papa" of Dylan, Shea, Matthew, Tyler, Grace, Alethea, Margaret and Conor. Bruce held many titles during his long and distinguished career with the Higbee Company and KeyBank including President, Executive Vice President, Senior Vice President and Vice President. With a strong commitment to community he served on the boards of several civic organizations including the Center for Community Solutions, the Greater Cleveland Growth Association and the Old Stone Foundation. He was, until his death, a trustee and Vice President of the John P. Murphy Foundation. Among his many interesting career achievements was participating in the development of the universal bar code and rewriting and filming of "A Christmas Story" at the Higbee Company store on Public Square. Every "ruga-shmuga" and "cheese and crackers" the father grumbled can be credited to Bruce. During his retirement he had been consulting with several local and national companies in senior executive compensation and employee development.