St Johnston and Carrigans Donegal



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Jonathan G Campbell 1949 - 2010

Dr Jonathan Campbell was born in Castletown, St Johnston in 1949.

He helped out on the family farm as he grew up.

He was a pupil of Castletown National School.

His father died young and his mother Daisy had to raise Jonathan and his sister Jane (now Jane Bryce). 

Jonathan at the early age of ten went to the Masonic Boarding School in Dublin.   He showed remarkable academic prowess there.  He graduated in Electronic Engineering at Trinity College.  After leaving Trinity, he went to Galway upon accepting a position with the Digital Equipment Company there.  He left Galway to work in Havant in England.  During this employment, he was engaged in research for Plessey BAE Systems.  He came back to Ireland and worked for Captec in Malahide in Dublin for 9 years.  He was a consultant for the European Space Agency.

He became a lecturer for Magee College Derry in 1989. 

He left Magee to work for Department of Computer Science in Queen's Belfast.

He took a position as  lecturer with Letterkenny Institute of Technology  in 2001. 

Jonathan was a huge fan of Cricket - St Johnston Cricket Team in particular and he hardly ever missed a match - and Athletics.  He liked to run and cycle and his favourite activity was hill-walking in Connemara. 

Jonathan fell into ill health.  He was cared for in the Sperrin Ward in Altnagelvin Hospital and in Culmore Manor Home.

Jonathan was the creator of a website that covered some of the history of St Johnston and Carrigans and he had many photos on it.

Jonathan was buried following a service at St Johnston Presbyterian Church soon after his death on 25 July 2010.

Article below is from Derry Journal 3 September 2010