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Obituary: Ex feis chairman Gerry Campbell

February 16, 2011

By Staff Reporter

Gerry Campbell of Yonkers died earlier this year at the Westchester County Medical Center. He was 73.

Born on July 11, 1925 to Joseph and Margaret (Gallagher) Campbell in Belleek, Co. Fermanagh, where he was raised, he came to Yonkers in 1947.

Mr. Campbell worked in the Finance Department at the Westchester County Medical Center for more than 22 years, retiring in 1991. He also served in the U.S. Army from 1950-52 in both Korea and Japan and was honorably discharged as a sergeant.

Mr. Campbell was very involved in Irish cultural activities, being a member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, Irish-American Unified Society, Erin Minstrel Society, the North American Feis Commission and Friendly Sons of St. Patrick.

Gerry was a charter member and former chairman of the North American Feis Commission and was inducted into their hall of fame in 1987. He was also responsible for the design and presentation of awards having to do with senior and junior belt competitions. He was so involved with the Irish dance, his license plate said "Mr. Feis."

Gerry Campbell was a parishioner of Christ the King Church, a member of the Holy Name Society and men’s choir, a former Boy Scout leader and involved with the Irish-American Heritage Museum of East Durham, N.Y.

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On Jan. 3, 1953, he married Elizabeth (Betty) Quinn at Sacred Heart Church. Besides his wife, he is survived by his two sons, James, and his wife Cynthia Shenker of Loudonville, N.Y., and Patrick and his wife, Seham Campbell of Oneida, N.Y; his four grandchildren, Michael, Joseph, Alexandra and Madeline; and his sister, Bridget Fay.

A mass of Christian Burial was held at Christ the King Church and interment took place at St. Mary Cemetery.

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