Life & Times : 'He taught people how to be money smart'

June 24, 2017
Norman Campbell

Norman Campbell will be remembered most for the invaluable effort he made in instilling the importance of saving to everyone he came across during his lifetime.

This was expressed by his daughter, Jenine Campbell Scott, speaking about him after Campbell passed away recently.

"Even his workers he would tell not to just work to get a money. Try to build something from it," Campbell Scott said.

Campbell realised the importance of saving after he started out as a Gleaner vendor. He rose to the position of outsource agent in the parish of Clarendon for The Gleaner Company because he was prepared to grab opportunities when they presented themselves.

"He started out riding a bicycle selling the paper. Then he saved up money to buy a bike, and from a bike, he bought a car," Campbell Scott said.

The importance of saving didn't only enable Campbell to buy vehicles to advance his career, but he bought his first home by the age of 19.

"He always encouraged persons to save, and he would tell you that's how he made it in life," Campbell Scott said.

According to her, Campbell went as far as starting a 'partner' with his workers to ensure that they would always be putting away something.

His six children also had to learn the importance of saving.

"As children, he made us all a saving pan and we weren't allowed to empty it," Campbell Scott said. "But we would shake it out when he wasn't around."

Campbell started to work with The Gleaner Company as a teenager when his father was the delivery contractor for Clarendon at the time.

"Before his father died, he introduced him to the company and he took over when he died," Campbell Scott said.

And like his father did, Campbell introduced the work of packing and distributing papers to his children.

"All of us used to help pack out the papers. Some used it as a stepping stone and have moved on," Campbell Scott said.

When Campbell fell ill from a stroke in April of this year, it was Campbell Scott and her younger brother who stepped in and continued the work their father took over from their grandfather.

"He was a very good man who understood the value of hard work and ensured that all of his kids understand it also," Campbell Scott said.

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