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Obituaries for the week of Aug. 17

08/18/2015 01:03PM ● By J. Chambless


Roy E. Campbell, 69, of Unionville, passed away Aug. 6 in the comfort of his home.

He was a dedicated, loving husband to Susan Wilson Campbell during their 46 years of marriage. He grew up in Havertown, Pa., and was the son of the late Maurice and Dorothy Campbell. Roy was predeceased by his brother, Robert “Bob” Campbell. Roy worked in construction for 48 years, most recently as a contractor, and retired in 2014. Roy served his country in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War as a helicopter crew chief.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his daughter, Stacie Campbell Maiers and son-in law David of Oxford; two sons, Roy E. Campbell II and his wife Chae of Hong Kong, and Todd Campbell and his wife Shawn of Landenberg; and seven grandchildren, Evan, Tyler, Ryan, Ethan, Emily, Olivia and Abigail.

Roy was incredibly strong during a yearlong fight with brain cancer, for which his family will be forever proud. He passed, surrounded by his wife and three children, and is now at peace. He enjoyed sailing on his boat, barbecuing and spending time with friends at the marina, fly fishing, and throwing the Frisbee to his dedicated chocolate lab, Joey. He loved spending time with his family. Roy was a loving father and grandfather. He, along with Susan, always supported their children in their pursuits, including sports, careers and family. He loved being surrounded by his grandchildren. Most of all, Roy will be remembered for his endearing patience and understanding with his family, pragmatic approach to life, his contagious sense of humor and ability to always be positive.

A celebration of Roy's life was held Aug. 12. In memory of Roy, donations can be made to benefit the brain cancer department (or research) at UPenn's Abramson Cancer Center, who provided tremendous care to Roy over the past year. Send to Penn Medicine Development & Alumni Relations at 3535 Market Street, Suite 750, Philadelphia PA 19104. Online condolences may be made by visiting


Margaret J. Jamison, 94, of Nottingham, passed away on Aug. 5 at Jenners Pond in West Grove.

She was the wife of the late C. Leonard Jamison. She was born in Philadelphia, and was a member of the Nottingham Presbyterian Church. Margaret was employed by J.M.B. Markets and formerly employed with Herr Foods, Inc., of Nottingham. She was a self-taught musician and played by ear the piano, organ, accordion, mouth organ, the fiddle and the guitar.

She is survived by her son, Ronald C. Jamison and his wife Carol E. of Newark, Del.; daughter, Crispin (Kip) Jones and her husband Curt of Nottingham; foster son, Charles Forsstrom and his wife Patty of Tuckahoe, N.J.; foster daughter, Barbara Passwater and her husband Dick of Berlin, Md.; 11 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and ten great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Aug. 11. Interment was in Oxford Cemetery. Donations in her memory may be made to Nottingham Presbyterian Church, 497 W. Christine Rd., Nottingham, PA 19362; or Willow Tree Hospice, 616 E. Cypress St., Kennett Square, PA 19348. Online condolences may be made at


Charles William Sacks, 76, of Cochranville, passed away unexpectedly on Aug. 15.

He was the husband of Carolyn Painter Sacks, with whom he shared ten years of marriage. Born in West Grove, he was the son of the late Morris and Ellen Bullock Sacks. He graduated from Oxford Area High School Class of 1957. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and served in the Military Police at Camp David and Fort Richie, Md. Charles was part business owner of Morris Sacks & Son, Oxford. He was a member of the Union Presbyterian Church in Kirkwood, and served as treasurer and was the lighting and sounds person for many years. He was also a member of the Roy W. Gibson Post No. 535 American Legion in Oxford, and Thunder Hill Gun Club in Potter County, Pa. He enjoyed Model A antique cars, gardening, square/round dancing, and especially enjoyed his three younger step-grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife; four stepsons, Robert Bush of Wilmington, Del., Michael Bush (Candy) of Hockessin, Del., Tim Bush (Barbara) of Marshalltown, Del., and Brian Bush (Dee Dee) of New Castle, Del.; 12 step-grandchildren; three step-great-grandchildren; two brothers, D. Philip Sacks of Coatesville and Benjamin Reed Sacks (Carolyn) of Nottingham; and two sisters, Joan Kay Neff (Donald) of Newark, and Ellen K. Ervin (Richard) of Staunton, Va. He was preceded in death by a sister, Janice Yvonne Ragan.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 20 at Union Presbyterian Church (5637 Street Rd., Kirkwood, PA 17536), where friends may visit from 10 to 11 a.m. Interment with full military honors will be in Union Cemetery in Kirkwood. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the church. Online condolences may be made at


Richard H. Garver, 74, of Lincoln University, passed away on Aug. 15 at the Christiana Hospital.

He was the husband of Barbara Ann Heath Garver, who passed away in January 2015, and with whom he shared 45 years of marriage. Born in West Chester, he was the son of the late Calvin and Catherine Mulvaney. He was a truck driver for 30 years, retiring in 2007, last working for BFI, Inc., in West Grove. He enjoyed doing puzzle books, listening to country music, birdwatching, and going to the ocean. He especially enjoyed being with his family and friends.

He is survived by two daughters, Patricia Cordero and her husband Manuel of Lincoln University, and Ann Marie Hobson and her significant other, Frank Cordero; five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

His service and burial will be held privately. In memory of Richard, a contribution may be made to the American Lung Association, 527 Plymouth Road, Suite 415, Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462. Online condolences may be made by visiting


Dorothy E. "Dot" McGuckin, CDR, USN (Ret.), of West Grove, formerly of Beaufort, S.C., died on Aug. 14 at the age of 92.

Born in Trenton, N.J., she was the daughter of John H. and Harriet H. McGuckin. She graduated from Trenton High School in 1941. Upon graduation, she worked for the Bell Telephone Company. She later went on to nursing school and earned her RN from the Pennsylvania Hospital in 1948. After earning her RN, she completed postgraduate work at Seton Hall University. In 1952, she moved to Sarasota, Fla., where she worked as a private duty nurse at Sarasota Memorial Hospital until joining the Navy Nurse Corps in 1957. She served as a Navy nurse for over 20 years, ultimately rising to the rank of Commander and served as Chief Nurse at Beaufort Naval Hospital. During her Navy nursing career, she was stationed in Corpus Christi, Texas, Port Lyautey, Kenitra, Morocco, Philadelphia, Bermuda and Beaufort, S.C. She always said she loved the life of a Navy nurse.

Following her retirement from the Navy Nurse Corps, she resided in Beaufort, S.C. Dot was an accomplished singer and pianist, and music was always a major part of her life. She traveled extensively throughout the world, but always loved coming back to Beaufort and her low-country home. In recent years, she moved north to Jenner's Pond in West Grove to be close to family.

She was predeceased by her parents; her brother John McGuckin of Lansing, Mich., and her sister Evelyn (Sis) Barber of Kennett Square. She is survived by her brother-in-law, Donn W. Barber of West Grove; and seven nieces and nephews.

The family wishes to thank the dedicated staff of Jenner's Pond who took such wonderful care of Dot in recent years, as well as their compassionate care during Dot's final days. A private graveside service will be held in Trenton, N.J. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Navy Nurse Corps Association Rough Seas Fund (; or to the Jenner's Pond Benevolent Fund, 2000 Greenbriar Lane, West Grove, Pa 19390. To view her online tribute and to share a memory with her family, visit

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