Date of Passing:
Once again It is with immense sadness that I bring you news of the passing of Neil Campbell. Neil’s time with Qantas goes back to December 1961.
He was part of the Junior Commercial Trainee intake of 1962,
At the conclusion of his time with that programme he joined the Airport Traffic Department.
Neil was posted to Darwin in 1966 where he met his wonderful wife, Judy, who was a nurse at Darwin Hospital. I have another story about Neil, Darwin Hospital and Johnny Cash. (But not on this page and not today)
Neil’s connection with Darwin continued during the aftermath of Cyclone Tracy in December 1974. He quickly volunteered to join the team of first responders who assisted to co-ordinate the evacuation of the city. Their efforts have gone down in Qantas history and aviation folklore. (675 Pax onboard a 747 – World Record)
As new kids on the block, we knew Neil as a Load Controller and oft time Counter Senior. He was always friendly and happy to give advise when needed.
Neil was a good man to have on your shift, as he brought a calm and confidence into your day. He will be held in high regard by colleagues and work friends.
Neil suffered from a heart condition for many decades and this finally caught up with him whilst shopping on Tuesday last. He suffered a heart attack and was taken to Royal Brisbane Hospital where resuscitation attempts continued.
Neil passed away at 3 am on Wednesday, 8th May 2019. A private family funeral will be held. Our deepest sympathy and condolences go out to Judy and their family.
Farewell ‘Finlay’ - Rest in Peace.