Waterloo Region Generations
A record of the people of Waterloo Region, Ontario.
William Wilfred Campbell

William Wilfred Campbell

Male 1861 - 1918  (57 years)

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  • Name William Wilfred Campbell 
    Born 1861  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Died 1 Jan 1918  Ottawa, Carleton Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Cause: pneumonia? 1 week and heart failure 
    Hall of Fame - Waterloo Region Bef 2012  , Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Residence 123 King St. E., Kitchener, Waterloo Region Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Miss Dunham, chief librarian of the local public library, gives a biography of the poet Wilfred Campbell, who was born here while his father, Rev. Thomas S. Campbell was incumbent of the Episcopal Church of the village, in 1861. This Church was then in a building on lower King St. which had formerly been the printing office of Henry Eby, publisher of the "Deutsche Canadier" newspaper, and of various Mennonite devotional books, etc. Many of you will remember the building, which stood until comparatively recently when it was replaced by the brick dwelling known as No. 123 King Street East.. Where was the parsonage, rented, as was also the church'97the first Episcopal church on Water Street, on the site of the present one, was built in 1862'97and consequently where the probable birth place of the poet, remains for the present a fact lost to history.
    Eby ID Number Waterloo-136538 
    Person ID I136538  Generations
    Last Modified 12 Jun 2019 

    Father Rev. Thomas S. Campbell,   b. 1831, Belleville, Hastings Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Feb 1917, Wiarton, Amabel Twp., Bruce Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years) 
    Mother Matilda Francis Wright,   b. 10 Sep 1837, , England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Jun 1923, Hepworth, Bruce Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years) 
    Family ID F41697  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1861 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Cause: pneumonia? 1 week and heart failure - 1 Jan 1918 - Ottawa, Carleton Co., Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsHall of Fame - Waterloo Region - Bef 2012 - , Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - - 123 King St. E., Kitchener, Waterloo Region Link to Google Earth
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    William Wilfred Campbell
    William Wilfred Campbell

  • Notes 
    • William Wilfred Campbell, whose father was the rector of the Anglican Church at Berlin, where William was born, became one of Canada's most famous poets, and was recognized as the leader of the Ontario poets of his generation.

      He attended the University of Toronto and the Episcopal Theological School, Cambridge, Massachusetts, and was ordained as a minister in the Church of England in 1886. He had a parish in New Hampshire and in 1988 became rector at St. Stephen, New Brunswick. He left the ministry in 1891 and entered the civil service.

      His first volume of verse, Lake Lyrics, was published in 1889. He published five other books of poetry; four verse-plays; three novels and a descriptive work, The Canadian Lake Region, and edited the Oxford Book of Canadian Verse. Campbell was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 1893. One of his best-known poems was Indian Summer.

      Waterloo Region Hall of Fame

  • Sources 
    1. [S713] Vit - ON - Death Registration, death certificate 47122 (1918), William Wilfrid Campbell.
      William Wilfrid Campbell d. 1 Jan 1918 City View, aged 56, occupation civil servant, s/o Thomas S. Campbell and Matilda F. Wright, cause: pneumonia? 1 week and heart failure

    2. [S220] Waterloo Region Hall of Fame Waterloo Region Hall of Fame.