David Thomas (Davy) Campbell died peacefully on the morning of Thursday, March 17, 2016, after a brief illness. Funeral services for Mr. Campbell will be held at 2PM, Sunday, March 20, 2016 at J. Levy and Termini Funeral Home, 2128 Broadway, Galveston, TX. Father John Donovan, Rector Emeritus of Trinity Episcopal Church, will officiate. Interment will be immediately after the funeral service at Galveston Memorial Park Cemetery in Hitchcock, Texas.
David, a lifelong Galvestonian, was born on the Island, March 29, 1957, was raised, educated and spent his life here. He was the son of Chesley R. and Vera Louise Campbell of Galveston, and the grandson of the late A. R. and Kate Campbell, Jr. of Galveston and of the late William Careway and Vera Annie Ramey Swilley of New Willard, TX. David attended the Sunshine School for many years and was a dedicated bowler, enthusiastically participating in the Special Olympics and the Galveston Bowling League. He loved his dogs, and they returned his affection. During his life, he worked in the UTMB Medical Research Laboratory, helping to feed and care for the lab’s animals, enjoying the friendship and support of many who he met through his work.
David is survived by his parents and brother, Paul Campbell, of Fort Worth, Uncle George Reason Swilley, of Houston, Aunt Eugenia H. Campbell, of Galveston, and many cousins of all ages, spread across Texas, the US and the world. As a child and as a man, visits from his cousins brought both him and them great pleasure and with many of whom he had special and warm relationships.
With a smile and friendly wave, he never met a stranger. He took special joy from his life in Galveston, especially his time at The Sunshine Center, Special Olympics, Bowling, riding the Bolivar Ferry, and watching the traffic in front of his grandparent’s home on Broadway. He will be greatly missed by all of his extended family, friends and acquaintances. The family thanks the staff of the Meridian and A*MED Hospice for their care of David.
Memorials may be made to the Special Olympics Texas, 1804 Rutherford Lane, Austin, Texas 78754, or charity of one’s choice.