COMMUNITY LEADER: Jean Campbell
FLAGS WERE flying at half-mast over Hammersmith Town Hall, London, on November 17 as the borough marked the sad passing of Councillor Jean Campbell who passed away on Saturday.
The 65-year-old Campbell had been a councillor for more than six years representing the residents of Wormholt and White City ward.
Campbell was born in Belmont, St. Andrew, Jamaica in 1947 and was part of the great pioneer generation that arrived in Britain in the post war period.
Much of her life was dedicated to public service. Campbell worked as an auxiliary nurse in the West London Hospital at Queen Street, Hammersmith, then as a civil servant in the Department of Trade and Industry.
Campbell was an active member of her local church, Our Lady of Fatima Roman Catholic Church, and an executive member of the White City Tenants and Residents Association – having been re-elected as its treasurer just last Wednesday.
She did all of this while volunteering in her local community and bringing up four sons. For the last seven years she was also the carer for her partner Jones Delauney – who sadly died in July after a long illness.
“For Jean, looking out for others was just part of how she lived her life. Jean was the original community leader – always thinking how she could get something done for her constituents and working to make things better,” said councillor Stephen Cowan, H&F Council Opposition leader.
“I visited Jean at her home last Sunday and it was full of supplies she was organising for the Jamaica relief effort following the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy. Her death is a terrible shock. I know the thoughts of everyone who knew Jean will be with her mum, her children, their partners and her grandchildren, all of whom she was very proud - as were we of her."