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Canadian curling lost another great one on December 30, 2011, when Garnet Campbell of Avonlea, Saskatchewan, passed away just days before his 85th birthday.
Campbell competed in a remarkable 24 provincial curling championships, was a finalist in 16 provincial men’s Brier playdowns (winning 10 times), and played in six Western Canada masters (winning four times) and two provincial mixed championships (winning both). He was the first Canadian curler to appear in 10 Briers. long with his father, Sandy, and brothers Lloyd, Glen, Don and Gordon, Campbell skipped four provincial men’s championships and one Brier championship team, going undefeated at the 1955 Brier in Regina.
With brother Glen, Bob Pickering, Jack Keys, Gary Ford and Rob Thomas, Campbell made six more Brier appearances, playing third or second.
As a family, the Campbells won a total of 24 Purple Hearts, emblematic of Brier appearances.
Garnet Campbell was inducted into the Canadian Curling Hall of Fame in 1974.