Paul R. Campbell

February 14, 1931 - April 21, 2011 

Paul R. Campbell

February 14, 1931 - April 21, 2011 

Obituary for Paul R. Campbell

Paul R (Jake) Campbell 80, passed away on April 21, 2011, sixty days after his late wife, Virginia M (Villa) Campbell. He died at the Kaplan House in Danvers after a short illness.

Jake was born in Boston on Valentine’s Day, 1931. He grew up in Dorchester and attended Boston Technical High School. During his school years he worked at the Strand Theatre in Dorchester as an usher. He met Jinny when he was 16 and they married on April 8, 1951. Following his father and brother, he apprenticed as an electrician and became a member of IATSE Local 11, the stagehands union in Boston. During the following decades he worked backstage at the legitimate theatres in downtown Boston. When the theatre was dark he ventured into movies and television, beginning in 1957 with the show “Harbormaster” starring Barry Sullivan. It was one of the first television programs to be filmed on location in Rockport, MA. He would later work on the movie sets of "The Brinks Job", "Love Story", and "The Friends of Eddie Coyle," to name a few. For three years he worked in the set design department for the TV show "Spenser for Hire" filmed in and around Boston. He was on the executive board of Local 11 and an outspoken campaigner for union workers in the Boston area. Jake and Jinny lived in Dedham for several years before moving to Manchester in 1962. After his retirement Jake spent time on his yard and tinkering around the house. He had resided at Emeritus at Cherry Hill for the last three years.

He leaves his two daughters, Diane and Cheryl Campbell of Manchester by the Sea, a son, Stephen and his wife Joy of Freeport ME, granddaughters Brie Campbell and her husband Tom Hopp of Amesbury and Brittany Shapiro and her husband Drew of Bethesda, MD and a great granddaughter, Amelia Lee Hopp as well as his sister Marylou Healey and her husband Jack of Holbrook MA, brother in law, Alfred Villa of New Britain Ct. and his sister in law Regina Villa of Manchester by the Sea. He was the son of the late Francis and Catherine (Murphy) Campbell and was predeceased by his brother, Francis; and sisters, Eleanor Goode and Lorraine Valley. He also leaves his Mahoney cousins, Eileen, Jim, and Patsy and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services will be announced later by the family. Arrangements by the Campbell – Lee, Moody, Russell Funeral Home, 525 Cabot Street, Beverly. Information, directions, condolences at

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