Richard P. Campbell, 55, passed away on Thursday, April 16, 2020 at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, New Brunswick, New Jersey.
Born in Red Bank, New Jersey, Richie was a lifelong resident of Edison, New Jersey. He attended the Edison Public School System, graduating from John P. Stevens High School in 1982. Upon graduation, he began working for the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 825.
He was known for his two great passions in life - his Family and his Brothers and Sisters in the Fire Service. He will be greatly missed and forever loved by both of his families.
Richie dedicated 38 years of his life to the Fire Service in the Township of Edison.
At eighteen years old he became a volunteer Firefighter with the Edison Volunteer Fire Company, No. 1 - Menlo Park, and rose through the ranks to serve as Chief.
In 1992 he became a Firefighter with the Edison Division of Fire, and was currently serving as a Captain. He was a member of the Edison Fire Officers, IAFF, Local 2883.
Richie never hesitated to rush into danger to help someone in need, and is lovingly remembered as a family man who mentored others in the Fire Department.
He was a valued and respected member of our community, and his dedication and commitment to serving the public was a guiding light for so many.
Richie loved spending time with his family whether it be on vacation in LBI, going fishing or watching his NY Giants and NY Mets.
His family will never forget all his volunteer hours spent working the St. Matthew’s Carnival, serving as a Cub Scout Leader for many years, and as a coach with Edison Boys Baseball.
He was his kids # 1 Fan, always supporting them by attending his sons’ sports events and his daughter’s dance recitals. His kids were his entire world, and he was extremely proud of each one them.
He was predeceased by his father, James M. Campbell, Sr. (2007) and his brother Elizabeth Fire Department Firefighter Steven A. Campbell (2019), his father-in-law, Richard D. Smithers (2015), and his brother-in-law Kenneth M. Smithers (2019).
Surviving are his beloved wife, Kimberly (nee Smithers),together for 26 years, and his four children, Kaitlin, Kevin, Kristopher and Arianna; his mother, Helena M. (Zarkevich) Campbell; his brothers, James M. Campbell, Jr. and his wife Susan, and Elizabeth Fire Department Deputy Chief Daniel E. Campbell and his wife Marybeth; and his sisters, Linda A. Simpson and her husband Donald, Karen M. Schreck and her husband Kenneth, and Jane M. Montagne and her husband Robert; and his sister-in-law, Beth Ann Campbell. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
Private services will be handled at this time. A traditional Fire Service Funeral will be scheduled at a later time.