Edward George Campbell, 94, of Mount Dora FL. died peacefully at home with his family by his side on Wednesday, November 24, 2010. Edward was born September 10, 1916 in Philadelphia, PA. He joined the United States Navy in November 1940 serving for 13 years during WW II and the Korean era. Edward was at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. He was assigned to the USS WIDGEON, which was the lead ship that helped fight fires on the Oklahoma, the California, and the Arizona. He then entered the submarine service and was assigned to the USS GRAYLING and then to the USS TIRANTE. During this service, he was part of nine combat war patrols. While assigned to the GRAYLING, based out of Australia, he met the love of his life, Marjorie Rail. They were married on November 18, 1943 in Perth, Australia. Because of his pending Australian wedding, Edward was re-assigned off the Grayling, which was schedule to return to the states for overhaul. It was on that mission that the Grayling was lost and presumed sunk, never to be heard from again. Edward received the Bronze Star, two Silver Stars, and the Submarine Combat Pin for his bravery. In 1953 Edward was honorably discharged as Commander and returned to his wife and family in Wayne Pennsylvania. He attended the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania and along with his brother Thomas formed Great Valley Industries. In 1985 he retired to New Smyrna Beach where he enjoyed golfing, gardening, tennis, fishing and the competitive game of bridge. Edward is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, Marjorie; son Geoffrey Campbell of West Chester, PA; twin daughters, Lorraine Stackhouse of Phoenix, AZ, formerly of Rosemont, PA, Barbara Brooks of Wayne, PA; seven grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. One of his grandchildren James Edward Brooks preceded him in death in 2004.
The family has asked that instead of flowers, to make a donation to Cornerstone Hospice, 2445 Lane Park Road, Tavares, FL 32778 whose loving care assisted Edward and his family during his passing.