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Brian Campbell
  • February 10, 1966
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  • January 06, 2023

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Brian Paul Campbell, age 56, passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by family on January 6th, 2023 after a year long battle with cancer.  Brian was born on February 10th, 1966 in the Little Company of Mary Hospital in Oak Lawn, Illinois to parents of Irish descent, Albert T. Campbell and Bernadette (Kiernan) Campbell.  In his younger years he developed a love for dance and the performing arts.  He was part of the Joseph Holmes Chicago Dance Theatre after graduating from Reavis High School in 1982.  He then went on to graduate from St. Xavier University with a Masters in English in 1993 and a Masters in Ministry from Lincoln Christian College in 2004.

Over the years Brian taught for several colleges, most recently Daytona State College, Valencia College, Bryant Stratton College, National Lewis University and Hodges University.  Brian is preceded in death by his mother, Bernadette and one nephew Derek Campbell.  He is survived by his wife of 19 years, Lisa; his son Quinn Campbell; his stepdaughter Hannah Hagrelius, his daughter Savannah Campbell; his youngest son Noah Campbell; his father Albert T Campbell; two brothers, Derek (Sharon) Campbell and Albert (Elena) Campbell and his beloved little dog Billie.

Brian was an avid exerciser and loved being outdoors.  He loved taking walks and bike rides with Billie.  He was able to share the stage with Savannah and Noah dancing with them in the Nutcracker and other productions while they were students at Salt Creek Ballet in Chicago.  He held many titles in his life, from dancer to coach to teacher, but he was most devoted to spending time with his family.  He led by example, showing everyone how to enjoy and cherish even the most seemingly insignificant moments; how to seize the day but also how sometimes it’s best to “sit just quietly and smell the flowers.” Brian deeply loved the beach and the ocean.  His ashes will be scattered off the coast of his home in Wilbur by the Sea at a later date.  Any monetary donations will be used for continuing Savannah and Noah’s education.


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  1. Gina DiMartino says:
    18 Jan 2023
    A wonderful professor who dedicated his time to inspiring students. He went above and beyond to support our online faculty team. Brian, you will be so missed by all.

  2. Michael Cherry says:
    18 Jan 2023
    Brian you and your young family always added a bon vive to the Great Lakes Irish Wolfhound Association gatherings while you all were in Illinois also loved see ing you all each Christmas at the annual Nutcracker
    These our the memories that live on in our hearts and minds.

  3. Jean-Marie says:
    18 Jan 2023
    It's only me. I cherish the good and the hard moments we shared. we'll meet again.

  4. Derek says:
    18 Jan 2023
    My beautiful baby brother....R.I.P. Love you. I miss you

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