Bernard P. Campbell

Date of Passing:

January 11, 2021

Campbell, Bernard P., Esquire, age 94, of Barrington, RI, died peacefully on January 11, 2021.

Born in Providence, he was the son of the late Bernard C. Campbell and Elizabeth (Kiernan) Campbell. He is survived by his wife of more than 70 years Ruth M. (DiSaia) Campbell and four children, Bernard G. Campbell (Jennifer), David M. Campbell (Kate), Maria P. Ducharme (Joseph), and Thomas J. Campbell (Susan); grandchildren Nicholas Campbell, Nina Bernard, Olivia Campbell, Sarah Ducharme, Julia Ducharme, Christina Ducharme, and Luca Campbell; and great grand-daughter Sienna Campbell. Bernard is also survived by his sister Helen McMillan and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sisters, Mary Pratt and Katherine Creighton.

After graduation from La Salle Academy in Providence, and a year at Providence College, Bernard served in the U.S. Naval Service during World War II from 1944 to 1946 achieving the rank of Radarman Second Class. He served in the Pacific Theatre and his attack cargo ship discharged troops and equipment for the invasion of Okinawa in April of 1945.

Upon return from service, and another year at Providence College, Bernard graduated in 1950 from Boston University School of Law and became a member of the Rhode Island Bar in December 1950. He was engaged in the practice of law until 1962.

In April 1962, he joined Citizens Trust Company as a trust officer, and was promoted to vice president of the Trust Department in 1965 and senior vice president in 1972. He was designated as the head of the Trust and Investment Management Group in 1985 and served as executive vice president from 1986 until his retirement in 1992. During his 30-year career with the bank, he became a key member of a core group of senior officers that helped grow Citizens Financial Group from a small Rhode Island mutual savings bank to a national financial services institution that currently operates across 11 states with over 1,000 branches. After retirement from the bank, Bernard returned to private practice for five years with Carroll, Kelly & Murphy.

Throughout his career he remained an active member of the Rhode Island Bar Association, serving as Fellow, Director and Treasurer for the Rhode Island Bar Foundation and member and past president of the Estate Planning Council of Rhode Island.

Among many charitable activities, he served on the Endowment Committee of the United Way of RI; Chairman of the Trust Advisory Committee for the Catholic Foundation of RI; Investment Committee for Catholic Charities Fund and Chairman of the RI Heart Association for Barrington and Bristol County. Bernard also volunteered as an adviser on boards and committees for Holy Angels Catholic Church and the town of Barrington.

His best moments were always with his family to whom he was “Big Barney”. He also loved to play golf, play cards, work in the yard, vacation on the Cape and root for his favorite sports teams; the Red Sox, Patriots and Friars basketball. In both his business and family lives, Barney Campbell was a dependable, go-to guy: universally respected as a legal and financial counselor, and beloved as a husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle. In everything he did, he was unfailingly supportive, kind, decent, generous and grateful. Always in our hearts and forever in our memories. “Death leaves a heartache no one can heal; Love leaves a memory no one can steal”- Irish Blessing.

Funeral services will be private, with a Celebration of Life event to be held when allowed. In lieu of flowers please send donations to Catholic Charities, Cathedral Square, Providence, RI.

Online Condolences


  1. Condolences from James and Bernice Clancy and daughter Susan Miner.

  2. My condolences to your Family on the passing of my Dads (John Gannon) dear friend Barney Campbell.. he always spoke so eloquently about him! I happened to find my Parents Wedding Album recently and found many great pictures of Barney also.. I remember my Father having a great day of golf with his hometown friends when they would all golf together! What a wonderful,kind,decent Gentleman he was. I know they are all reunited and playing golf and talking about their great memories together!!! Sincerely, Mary (Gannon-Hassell). Scituate,RI ?

  3. Aunt Ruthie, Barney, David, Maria, and Tommy. Sorry for your loss of Uncle Barney. He was a great person, very active and kind.
    In our prayers,
    Bob and Deborah McMillan

  4. Barney’s photo should be in the dictionary next to the word, “gentleman.”

  5. May the coming days bring ease and heart felt memories of your loved ones passing.

  6. Auntie Ruthie, Barney, David, Maria and Tommy, I was saddened to hear of Uncle Barney’s passing. I will always cherish the wonderful memories I have of him. He was a very special man. You are all in my thoughts and prayers ?

  7. My deepest sympathy to the Campbell family. My remembrance of Barney is of being such a kind & respectful person. May he Rest In Peace

  8. Dear Ruthie and family
    As an in-law I have always thought of Barney and your brothers Ken and Bob as three of the finest men that I have known.
    We have such a need of men like them today, men of great integrity and high standards.
    How fortunate I have been to be a member of this family with such exemplary men.
    They are not here but they are always with us.
    Loss at any age, is still loss
    In my thoughts

  9. Auntie Ruthie, Barney, David, Maria, and Tommy. So sad to hear of Uncle Barny’s passing. I’ll always remember him as a very kind man. He always called my Mom Katherine instead of Kate and for some reason I really loved that. May be rest in peace.

  10. Uncle Barney had the kindest of souls & the gentlest of hearts. I was so fortunate to be close to my cousin Maria growing up, I spent a lot of time @ Auntie Ruthie & Uncle Barney’s house! My sympathies to all of the Campbell family; may your wonderful memories carry you through these sad days.

  11. Dear Aunt Ruthie, Barney, David, Maria, Tommy & family,

    My deepest sympathies and sadness to hear. Uncle was such a kind, caring, thoughtful, understanding and loving man, with a deep devotion to his wonderful family. He always seemed to put others first before himself. Our thoughts, prayers and best wishes to your whole family during this difficult time.

    Bob and Diana DiSaia & family

  12. So sorry to hear of Uncle Barney’s passing. I will always remember his love for my Aunt Ruthie and his children . I have wonderful memories of family cookouts, get togethers and holidays shared . I will hold warm memories of my uncle for his dignity and his kindness.

  13. So sorry to hear of Mr Campbell passing. He was such a wonderful man Jennifer Canario and Julie Chadsey

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