Hector George Campbell was born in 1931 in Hampton, St. James, Jamaica. He left home at 18 years old and walked to Montego Bay to start a life for himself.
He met Clarabell Allen while she was working next door to one of his jobs. On November 6, 2019, they celebrated 64 years of marriage.
He fathered seven children, Ernel, Errol, Paulette, Vernel, Veron, Lavern, and Rose. In December 2015, his eldest son, Ernel, passed away.
Hector has lived a very active and influential life. His main activity now is helping to take care of his wife as they hold on together throughout many difficulties.
World-Renowned Son of the Island
In 1952, he was employed by the world-renowned Doctor’s Cave Bathing Club as a beach attendant. In 1962, he was trained as a life guard by the Royal Humane Society from England.
In 1971, he received the Duke of Edinburgh Award for bringing a woman that was under water for over 15 minutes back to life.
This was presented by the late Honorable Sir Clifford Campbell, the then Governor General of Jamaica and Queen of England’s representative.
He left the Doctor’s Cave Bathing Club in October 1984, after 32 years of service, due to ill health. During his time there, he met and became friends with people from all over the world.
Mr. Campbell, Hector, operated his Sunfish Swimming School for many years. His slogan was “From 2 to 100 years old.” He gave free lessons to children at the SOS Children’s Village.
He taught swimming lessons at the Mt. Alvernia Preparatory and High Schools. Now his students are scattered all over the world.
A Passion for People, the Ocean, and the Soil
- His mission is to save lives and encourage everyone he meets, especially young people.
- He absolutely loves the ocean, teaching swimming and saving lives. These remarkable skills are admirable.
- People from all over the country and abroad enjoyed crops from his property, such as Graham mangoes, sugar cane and juice, coconuts, bananas, avocados, egg fruit, and all types of vegetables.
Tracking His Journey, Reconnecting with Friends
This website is to allow him to share his stories with people … anyone … as he continues to touch lives.
His journey is one of love, determination, adventures, difficulties, disappointments … unexpected setbacks and rude awakenings.
It will be interesting to find people he has encountered throughout the years. His students, friends, and associates … where are they now?
If you have any questions or comments, feel free to leave them below. I will be more than happy to address them.
All the best,
Veron Lee Campbell Percy-Jarrett, Site Administrator
“For thou shalt eat the labour of thine hands: happy shalt thou be, and it shall be well with thee.” – Psalm 128:2 KJV