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DALTON KINGSLEY CAMP

CAMP, DALTON KINGSLEY - Dalton Kingsley Camp of Cambridge, N.B., died Monday at Dr. Everett Chalmers Regional Hospital in Fredericton. He was 81. He was born in Woodstock, N.B., on Sept. 11, 1920, the second of three sons of Aurilla Sanborn and Harold B. Camp. Mr. Camp spent most of his childhood in the United States, where his Baptist minister father had churches in Massachusetts, Connecticut and California. On his father's death in 1935, Mr. Camp left Piedmont., Calif., to settle in Woodstock. He pursued his education at Horton Academy and Acadia University in Nova Scotia but left school to enlist in the army during the Second World War. He worked in the press information office in Saint John, N.B., before being commissioned as second lieutenant. In 1945, Mr. Camp continued his studies at the University of New Brunswick, where he edited the student newspaper, The Brunswickan, joined the Young Liberal Federation and spoke as his class valedictorian. He earned a master's of science degree at Columbia University and spent a year at the London School of Economics as a Beaverbrook Overseas Scholar. On his return to Canada, he worked in Toronto as an advertising copywriter at J. Walter Thompson, Locke Johnson, and Stanfield, Johnson and Hill. In 1959, he formed his own agency, Dalton K. Camp & Associates Ltd. Having joined the Progressive Conservative party in 1950, he worked over the next decade to elect Conservative governments in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Manitoba, as well as on the party's 1957 federal election campaign. He served as a national campaign director of the Progressive Conservative party, was elected national president in 1964 and ran for Parliament in 1965 and 1968. He began his career as a newspaper columnist with the Toronto TTelegram in the early 1960s and later joined the Toronto Star, where he wrote regular columns for more than 30 years. In 1968, he was named Skelton Clark Fellow at Queen's University and wrote his first book, Gentlemen, Players and Politicians. In 1977, Mr. Camp moved to New Brunswick. In addition to writing his Star column, he joined the weekly political panel of CBC's Morningside and wrote three more books, Points of Departure, Eclectic Eel and Whose Country is This Anyway? In 1986, he left New Brunswick for two years to serve in the Privy Council Office as senior adviser to the cabinet of Prime Minister Brian Mulroney. He returned to the province for good after the federal general election in 1988. In 1993, he became the oldest Canadian to receive a heart transplant. Mr. Camp contributed to a number of publications and delivered lectures at universities across Canada. At the time of his death, he was working on his memoirs. Mr. Camp received honorary degrees from Acadia University in Wolfville and St. Thomas University and the University of New Brunswick in Frederiction. He was a fellow of Ryerson Polytechnical Institute. In 1994, Mr. Camp was named an officer of the Order of Canada. Mr. Camp was a longtime member of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, served on the boards of governors of Acadia and the University of New Brunswick, was an advocate of organ donations and a supporter of organizations involved with the promotion of literacy. In 2000, the L.P. Fisher Library in Woodstock opened The Camp Canadiana Centre. He was a lifelong sports fan and a member of several clubs and organizations, including the Albany Club of Toronto and the Tuesday Club. Among the survivors are five children with his first wife, Linda Atkins Camp: Gail McIntyre (John) of Toronto, David Camp (Mary) of Lummi, Wash., and Vancouver, Constance Camp of Rutland, Vt., Cherie Camp (John Welsman) of Toronto, Michael Camp (Daphne Ponder) of Fredericton; a son, Christopher Camp, with his second wife, Wendy Camp; a brother, Harold, of Mill Cove, N.B.; eight grandchildren Emma and Andrew McIntyre of Toronto; Amy and Sophie Welsman of Toronto; James and Caroline Camp of Lummi, Wash., Teddy and Tommy Camp of Fredericton; two former brothers-in-law, Senator Norman Atkins of Ottawa and George S. Atkins of Clifton, N.J.; sister-in-law Anne Hargadon of Ottawa; several nieces and nephews. Visitation will be held at McAdam's Select Community Funeral Home, 160 York Street, Fredericton, NB on Thursday, March 21st, 2002 from 7-9 pm and Friday, March 22nd, 2002 from 2-4 and 7-9 pm. Memorial Service will be held at Christ Church Cathedral on Saturday, March 23rd, 2002 at 2:00 pm. The Right Reverend William Hockin, Bishop of Fredericton and The Very Reverend Keith Joyce, Dean of Fredericton officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Dr. Everett Chalmers Hospital Foundation would be appreciated by the family. www.mcadamsfh.com

 
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