Remembering 'Reggie' - Sudden passing of circulation supervisor leaves big void at The Gleaner
For more than 36 years the halls of The Gleaner were brightened by the willing smile and the upbeat personality of Reginald Campbell. But that came to an end last Saturday when the man most called 'Reggie' died suddenly.
Last week, the grief hung heavy over the North Street downtown Kingston office as colleagues remembered the regional supervisor in the Circulation Department.
Campbell joined the staff of The Gleaner in 1981 as a clerk. He served as a collector before moving to his last post of regional supervisor.
As they mourned, members of The Gleaner's circulation team, remembered Reggie as a hard-working and jovial person.
'Calm among the Storm'
"Mr Campbell was the calm among the storm. He used his sense of humour to uplift and motivate those among him who felt down," said Burchell Gibson, manager, print, plant and circulation at The Gleaner.
"His internal and external customer service was of the highest calibre and those who interact with him always remember him even years after. If I ever have Mr Campbell's personality, I feel I could conquer the world," said Gibson, who had been Campbell's immediate supervisor for the past 10 years.
Wayne Chambers, who worked with Campbell for 18 years, said that he will remember him for his gift of laughter.
"When I first met Campbell, I thought he was a very quiet, calm, very respectful person, very private. Later on I found out he was the comedian of the office. He would just have you in stitches, there was never a dull moment," said Chambers.
Colleague of 23 years, Lorna Cunningham, added, "He took his job seriously. He was a great person, very jovial, very friendly. I didn't mind working with him, we all miss him very much,"
Campbell, who was 56 years old, is survived by his wife Brigitte and two children, Ricardo and Jason.