Bermuda Ex Police Association Website: We are deeply saddened to report that our good friend and former colleague, retired Superintendent Campbell Simons, JP, QPM, CPM passed away this evening (Tuesday) September 13th, 2021, at King Edward Hospital.
Campbell first put on Bermuda Police uniform as a young Cadet on September 21st, 1960, as one of our earliest Cadets. He was appointed as Constable in January 1963, and attended Training Course #3 along with 11 other young men and women.
After graduating from Training School, Campbell’s first posting was to Eastern Division, and 3 years later he transferred to Operations (Traffic). Campbell was an excellent motor cyclist and he was an active member of the Police Motor Cycle Display team when it was in its hay day putting on displays throughout the Island.
Campbell spent time in Central Division (Hamilton), in Western Division (Somerset) first in unform and then as an aide in Western CID before being posted to Narcotics in March 1969. Whilst in Narcotics Campbell was promoted to Sergeant in December 1971 and served there until he transferred to Central CID in early 1977.
After further spells in Western CID and Central CID he was posted to Central Division as uniform sergeant and took over as OIC Central Parishes in 1979 until his promotion to Inspector in July 1981. Campbell was promoted as Inspector of “D” Dept at Police Headquarters, and on promotion to Chief Inspector he became OIC Eastern Division, retiring at the rank of Superintendent in March 1993, have served for 35 years as a police officers plus his almost three (3) years as a young police cadet.
Photo note – This team played and were victorious over Devonshire Recreation Club by 10 wickets. DRC batted first and scored 59 all out. The Police opening batsmen knocked off the runs without losing a wicket. We are not sure who opened the batting for the Police team, probably Neville Darrell and either Jim Lyons or Campbell Simons, all of whom were great opening batsmen.
During his career Campbell was an outstanding sportsman who played on the Police Football team at a time when it was one of the finest teams on the Island. He also played as an excellent opening batsman and wicket keeper for the Police Cricket Team in 1961, the year after he joined as a police cadet, and he went on to play for many years for Somerset Cricket Club where he was a mainstay of the “red and blues” as their Cup Match opening batsman. He also captained Somerset’s Cup Match team in 1976 and 1977.
Campbell still holds a most unusual scoring record that might never be repeated in Cup Match. In his first Cup Match innings in 1966 he scored a duck, but he ended his Cup Match career in style in 1978 with a magnificent final knock 111 not out.
For many years after his retirement Campbell continued to enjoy spending time with his old friends playing cards and dominos and it is said that despite his best efforts he never actually “broke a domino!” In recent years Campbell has also been a regular at The Spot restaurant where he would join friends for morning coffee.
We extend our sincere condolences on behalf of Bermie ExPo to Campbell’s loving wife Judy and to their family.
We will post details of funeral arrangements as soon we receive them.