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Gilbert G. Campbell

Well-known and longtime business leader and community advocate;


Gilbert G. Campbell, 91, of Tyngsboro, Massachusetts, a highly respected and successful Greater Lowell Real Estate developer, who was still working, passed away on Thursday September 16, 2021, after a brief illness at Lowell General Hospital surrounded by his loving family.

He was the beloved husband for over 38 years of Marilyn T. (Demers) Campbell, who survives him.

Born in the Centralville section of Lowell on March 30, 1930, the son of the late E Gaston and the late Idola (Dube) Campbell, he attended Lowell schools and was a graduate of Lowell High School in the Class of 1948.

Later in his life, Gil would be elected to the Lowell High School Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame in 2009.

Gil’s incredible professional career, which spanned over 7 decades, was first as a home builder, real estate developer for both commercial and residential properties, entrepreneur, and later as a hotelier, restaurateur, professional sports owner and well renowned, with his wife Marilyn, in the thoroughbred horse industry.

As a community leader, Gil was a founding member of the Lowell Plan, original Co-owner of Lowell’s first professional sports team, The Lowell Lock Monsters, past Board member and Chairman of the Board of the former St. John’s Hospital/Saints Medical Center, past Chairman of the former Northern Middlesex Chamber of Commerce and past President of Vesper Country Club.

In his home building career, he was a founding member and past President of the Lowell Home Builders Association, a past President of Massachusetts Home Builders Association and past Vice President and Lifetime Director of the National Home Builders Association.

Real Estate was not the only area where he excelled. When Gil and Marilyn entered the horse racing and breeding industry, they created a very successful and well-known thoroughbred stable of horses. They were recognized with the 2016 Florida Breeder of the Year Award and have raced in the World Class Triple Crown, The Kentucky Derby, The Preakness and the Belmont Stakes.

In addition to his Lowell High School Alumni recognition, Gil was also selected in the 1960’s as New England Home Builder of the Year, in 2002 the Northeast Builders Hall of Fame and the New England Turf Writers Hall of Fame for his contribution to racing in New England.

Humble in nature, Gil was quietly very generous to his community with both his time and resources. Although highly successful, to those who knew him best he was very comfortable with everyone he met and never forgot his roots or the City of Lowell.

A man of many passions, Gil enjoyed playing golf with his family and good friends and traveling.

His family meant everything to him and he always enjoyed spending time with them, especially with clambakes at the beach and toasting s'mores on the firepit.

Besides his wife Marilyn, he is survived by a daughter Susan F. Campbell and her husband Jeffrey Shea of Andover; his son Gary G. Campbell and his wife Emma of Andover; five grandchildren Kaitlin Silva and her husband Juan of Salem, NH, Justin Bastinelli and his wife Kathryn of North Andover, Alex Campbell and his wife Julie of London, Eliza Campbell of Andover and Zoe Campbell of Manchester, NH; six great grandchildren Jaiden, Jakob and Jon Lawless-Markot, Dominic and Liam Bastinelli and Malcolm Gilbert Campbell; a brother-in-law Donald Demers of Manchester, NH; many nieces and nephews.

He was also the brother of the late Richard Campbell, Norman Campbell, Mildred Mootz and Aline Nicholson.

Friends may call at the IMMACULATE CONCEPTION CHURCH 144 EAST MERRIMACK ST. in LOWELL on Thursday September 23, 2021, from 3 to 7 P.M (Masks are optional).(Parking lot on left side of church). Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Funeral Mass to be celebrated on Friday morning September 24, 2021, at the Church at 10 o’clock. His Committal Services will be private. E-condolences/directions at Those wishing may make contributions in his memory to the Immaculate Conception Building Fund, 3 Fayette St., Lowell, MA 01854. Arrangements by the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME - LOWELL – MA - (978) 458-8768.








Condolences (4)
  • Lane Whitford
    Marilyn, Thinking of you during this difficult time . Gil will be missed by all . RIP
  • Dan & Pam Hann  - Our Sympathies
    Dear Marilyn: Gil was a wonderful person and will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Our deepest sympathies, Dan & Pam
  • Duke & Marsha Pointer  - Prayers and Memories
    Marilyn and family. We are thinking of you during this difficult time. May the many wonderful memories of Gil and his loving heart and smile be with you forever. Our sincere condolences.
  • Peter and Loyce Lawlor  - So sorry.
    Dear Marilyn, Gary and Susan, Such long-term and wonderful memories of this man. Thinking of you all....
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