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Focus on Seniors: Passion for music, his church and yardwork keeps Campbell young

Gloucester resident Wilson Campbell, 77, stays youthful by staying active in his church, his yard and his music.

Born in South Carolina, Campbell moved to Brooklyn, N.Y., at the age of 17 to seek new possibilities in life. He began working for New York City, and later was hired by the federal government, which brought him to the Naval Weapons Station in Yorktown.

Throughout his life, Campbell has always had a passion for music, specifically quartets. He and his brothers formed a group when he still lived in South Carolina and he formed another group after he moved to New York. Both of those groups made recordings and the South Carolina group even performed on the radio.

When he moved to Gloucester, Campbell worked to form another group. Although it no longer performs formally, many of the men are part of First United Baptist Church’s Men’s Choir. “I love Gospel music and I love quartet singing,” he said.

In 2009, Campbell organized a reunion of original memb...

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