Member of Famed Garnet Campbell Team
In a day filled with exciting curling action all over the province, one of Saskatchewan’s most decorated curlers turns 100 years old today – January 4th, 2015 and the Campbell family is celebrating this superb milestone.
The Campbell name is synonymous with curling excellence in Saskatchewan. Winning the 1955 Brier was a massive accomplishment as it was Saskatchewan’s first ever Brier championship and it happened right at home not too terribly far from Avonlea. Curling fans were jubilant – matching the fact that the Province itself was celebrating its 50th anniversary and the completion of the TransCanada Highway just before the first snowfall of the season. The Canadian Curling Association has posted video highlights of the 1955 MacDonald Brier that was held in Regina.
Lloyd’s daughter, Jo Campbell Hipkin, has kindly provided a synopsis of her Dad’s life and curling career. The following is an excerpt and the complete article may be read by clicking on the link that follows the excerpt:
“Lloyd Campbell is celebrating his 100th birthday on January 4, 2015. Lloyd was born on January 4,1915 to Sandy and Eva Campbell on the Campbell Family Homestead near Avonlea, Saskatchewan. He grew up with siblings Verna Evans, Glen, Don, Gordon, Garnet and Margaret Smith.
Lloyd is well known for his curling accomplishments with his father Sandy and brothers Garnet, Glen, Gordon and Don. Highlights of his curling career include:
- 1950 and 1956 – South Saskatchewan Provincial titles
- 1955 – Brier winner in Saskatchewan’s jubilee year. The Campbell rink received a “good luck” telegram from more than 500 hometown supporters during the event and won undefeated. Later they were presented with a silver tea service at the Saskatchewan Legislature. Garnet Campbell is known for his thank you speech of 46 words in total.
- 1947 and 1957 – Brier runner-up, with a total of 3 Purple Hearts ” …….. Family.Lloyd 100th Birthday notes for Jan 4,2105
From the CURLSASK Board of Directors and Staff and on behalf of all curling fans in Saskatchewan “Happy Birthday Lloyd Campbell. All the best to you and your family on this proud day”.
Photo Snip Compliments http://esask.uregina.ca/entry/curling.html and the photo is from the Saskatchewan Archives.