In Memoriam: Doug Campbell, Town of Weston Recreation Department

Courtesy photo from Tribute Archive

In the days following the 9-11 remembrance on the Town Green, there are always stories and questions and thoughts of where we were, what we were doing, how we heard. In addition, the Owl has just learned of the passing of a Town of Weston employee who had been a huge part of past years’ memorials–it’s possible this was mentioned at the beginning of this year’s 9-11 memorial service at 8:30 am on Monday, but the Owl was late. Folks, we need a town newspaper.

Doug Campbell, who ran Recreation Department Maintenance, passed away last month. His memorial service details are included in the obituary below copied in its entirety from Tribute Archive. It makes me sad that he worked for Weston for 32 years and I knew him not. Kevin Tuttle of Weston’s Department of Public Works did know him and called him a “one-man band” in the first years that Weston put up flags on the Town Green.

“Doug was the recreation department. He was a one-man show for 30-plus years. The first year after 9-11 we used old ski poles and a hammer to make the holes in the town green for the flags,” said Kevin. “Those first couple of years, it would take 2 days to put the holes in for the flags.”

Anyone who saw the long-drill bit and drills now wielded around the Town Green should know it was also Doug who came up with that solution.

Rest in peace.


E. Douglas Campbell, 63, died peacefully at his home, on August 25, 2023 after a courageous battle with cancer. Doug is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 25 years Tonya (DiCillo) Campbell who has not left his side during his illness; two sisters Bonnie Lu Campbell of Manchester, England and Tracy Loughead and her husband Mark Jackson of Albuquerque, New Mexico; in-laws Deborah Kmiotek and Kenneth DiCillo; sister-in-law Trena and her husband Bob Haroutunian; several nephews and nieces; a great niece Olivia and he was the best dog dad to his beloved Boston Terriers Scooter, Bubba and Paisley. He was predeceased by his sister Kerry Lee Campbell in March. 

Born in Providence, RI, on September 3, 1959, he was the son of the late Edward S. and Erna (Manson) Campbell. He attended Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School, where he played hockey and graduated Class of 1977. He worked for the Town of Weston for 32 years. Doug will be missed by his many “work wives” and his group of friends that he shared many motorcycle adventures with. He was an avid motorcycle rider; he also enjoyed riding dirt bikes, bicycles, golfing, collecting motorcycles and toy antiques. 

 A celebration of Doug’s life will be held at the Uxbridge VFW, 13 Cross Rd Uxbridge, MA, on Sunday, October 22, from 1 – 5 p.m. 

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