Castleknock College Union

Patrick Campbell, class '45

In Memoriam

Sep 16, 2013
Patrick Campbell, class '45 -

The Union is saddened to hear of the passing of Patrick Campbell, class of '45.

The death has occurred of Patrick CAMPBELL
Booterstown, Dublin

CAMPBELL, Patrick (Booterstown, Co. Dublin), (President of the Rathmines and Rathgar Musical Society) - September 16, 2013. Greatly loved husband of Joan and dear father of Sarah (Stapleton), Felicity (Leventhorpe), Roderic, and Joanna (Griffin). Proud grandfather of Amelia, Isobel, Harry, Matthew, Sophie, Hugo and Lorcan. Beloved brother of Peggy and Phyllis and father-in-law of Peter, John, Sheila and Eugene. Sadly missed by his extended family, wide circle of friends incl. the Rathmines and Rathgar Musical Society and The Strollers.

Reposing at his home this Tuesday evening between 5pm to 7pm and tomorrow, Wednesday, 10.30 to 12.30pm. Removal to the Church of the Assumption, Booterstown Avenue tomorrowWednesday, arriving at 5pm. Requiem Mass on Thursday morning at 10am followed by burial in Shanganagh Cemetery. Family flowers only please. Donations, if desired, to St. Vincent de Paul Society or Penny Dinners, Gardiner Street Church.

Patrick came to us during the war years, and the chronicles ever since, detail the close connection he retained with the college and the Vincentian community:-

“PATRICK CAMPBELL was a student in the College during the war years 1940 to 1945. He attended lectures in UCD in the Faculty of Architecture and took the Degree of Bachelor in 1950. In 1952 he was elected a member of the Irish and English Institute of Architecture. That same year, he set up a private practice, where Pat has been involved in many notable projects, including most recently as architects on the build of the Blackrock Clinic and Hospital which received the 1985 "Building of the Year" award. Of interest to past Castleknock men is the fact that, Pat's firm were architects for the new Parish Church at Castleknock and also his firm were architects for the extensive renovations and alterations to the "Vins" quarters at Phibsboro. Pat also prepared plans for the recently built Seminary for the “Vins” at the Ikot Expene and last year he prepared design drawings for a proposed new Seminary at Ugwuaji, Nigeria.

Apart from Pat's undoubted ability in his profession, one of the main reasons for his success is his unobtrusive but charming personality, possessing a very keen and witty sense of humour and his inclination to treat every person he works with as his equal in dignity. He seems to find no difficulty in being a first class professional executive and at the same time acting in a friendly manner towards those carrying out his wishes. Apart from running a most successful and expanding practice, he is also very much concerned with commercial life, being a Director of several companies.

The theatre and musical world are very much part of his life. He is a most active member of the Rathmines and Rathgar Musical Society for the past 27 years. His playing of Koko in the Gaiety Theatre Centenary production of The Mikado in November 1971, has been acclaimed as one of the most intelligent performances of this famous part seen in Dublin for many a year. He is also a member of the Bohemian Musical Society. Perhaps he is best known for his slick and humorous compering of dinners and concerts. He is a member of the Grange Golf Club, but as is understandable from the above mentioned activity, gets little time to play.“

That bond was further strengthened when Patrick then entrusted us with the education of his only son, Roderic, class of '83.

He was a firm friend of the Vincentians and will be sorely missed. The Union extends heartfelt condolences to his wife Joan, son Roderic, daughters Sarah, Felicity, Joanna and to the wider extended family.

Requiescat in Pace.