Henry A. Campbell, 76, of Rhinebeck and formerly of Mount Vernon, NY, passed away on Friday, July 14th, 2017 at Westchester Medical Center.
Born on December 20th, 1940, in Mt. Vernon, NY, he was the son of the late James H. and Lena (Stella) Campbell. He graduated from A.B. Davis High School in Mount Vernon, NY in June of 1958. Henry married Anne W. Murphy on May 11, 1963 at Christ the King Church in Yonkers, NY, Anne survives at home in Rhinebeck.
Mr. Campbell was a 37 year veteran of the Mount Vernon Fire Department, rising through the ranks to serve as Chief of Operations from 1986 to 1996, when he retired. He served two years as acting Fire Coordinator/Commissioner for Westchester County Department of Emergency Services from 1999-2000.
He was an Adjunct Instructor at the NYS Fire Academy, a member of the NYS Department of Civil Service Fire Advisory Committee, an OSHA Safety Trainer throughout the Hudson Valley, and was the first Director of the Westchester County Career Chiefs Academy.
Mr. Campbell served on the Westchester County Arson Task Force from 1980-1996, Westchester County Local Emergency Planning Committee from 1987-1996, the Westchester County Fire Advisory Board from 1988-1996, as a NYS Fire Instructor for Dutchess County from 1983-1992, he was the Yonkers Command Post Coordinator after the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center and subsequently NYFD Terrorism Training Instructor, and as the Emergency Management Coordinator for the Town of Rhinebeck.
He was a member of the International Assoc. of Fire Chiefs, the NYS Assoc. of Fire Chiefs, the Westchester County Fire Chiefs Assoc., the Westchester County Career Chiefs Assoc., the Westchester Firefighters Emerald Society, the Fireman’s Assoc. of the State of NY, the International Assoc. of Fire Fighters-Local #107 Mount Vernon, the NYS Police & Fire Retirees Assoc., an Honorary Life Member of the Pleasant Valley Fire Department, and an active and faithful member of the Rhinebeck Fire Department.
He also was a member of BPOE- Elks Lodge #275 in Poughkeepsie, the Mombaccus Rod and Gun Club, and a Life Endowment Member of the NRA.
In addition to his fire service and community involvement, Mr. Campbell was also devoted to his faith. He was a communicant of Good Shepherd Church and was a member of the Ushers Society of Good Shepherd Church for over 44 years. He also served as Head Usher for many of those years.
Mr. Campbell enjoyed his many friends and colleagues in the fire service, along with his pet dogs- Sparky, Muffet, Chowder, and Mollie. He also filled his days with family, friends, working on his computer, hunting, fishing, reading, and always learning each day.
In addition to his loving wife of 54 years, he is survived by his daughter, Kathleen Campbell; his son, Kevin Campbell; a brother, Robert Campbell of Franklinton, NC; a sister, Marion Campbell of New York City, NY; along with extended family, countless colleagues and friends.
He was predeceased by his brother, Joseph Campbell in 1990.
Friends may call at the Yannantuono Funeral Home, 584 Gramatan Ave., Mount Vernon, NY on Sunday, July 16th, 2017 from 2 - 6 PM.
Friends will also be received on Monday, July 17th, 2017 from 4 to 8 pm at the Burnett & White Funeral Homes, 91 E. Market St. Rhinebeck, NY
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, July 18, 2017 at Church of the Good Shepherd, Rhinebeck, NY. Fr. Douglas Y. Crawford will officiate. Interment will be private at Rhinebeck Cemetery, Rhinebeck.
Memorial donations may be made in Henry’s memory to the Church of the Good Shepherd, East Market Street, Rhinebeck, NY 12572, Rhinebeck Fire Company, 76 E. Market St., Rhinebeck, NY 12572, the Mt. Vernon Animal Shelter, 600 Garden Ave., Mt. Vernon, NY 10557, or to your favorite charity.
Arrangements are under the direction of Burnett & White Funeral Homes 91 E. Market St., Rhinebeck, NY.
For directions, or to sign the online guest book, please visit www.Burnett-White.com.