In Memory of Campbell R. Bridges (1937-2009)

We wish to thank all the people who have sent their heartfelt condolences regarding the senseless, brutal murder of Campbell. We are terribly heart-stricken by the recent event but we are also so very grateful that Bruce Bridges survived the attack.

In an effort to help cover the tremendous costs of security and lawyer fees please offer a donation here.

The enormous amount of email and phone calls we have received from the world over, is truly a testament to Campbell and his ability to touch peoples lives with his larger than life personality. Campbell lived every day to the fullest and even at 71, he still viewed the world with wonder and curiosity.

There will never be another man like Campbell. We will miss him….. but we will also feel blessed to have known him.

We will be posting more information regarding the events as more details become available.

Jim Walker

Please post your thoughts as comments below.

We encourage you to take action and help us find justice by joining our facebook group and signing our petition.

Campbell Bridges with medicine man

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63 Responses to “In Memory of Campbell R. Bridges (1937-2009)”

  1. Tom and Melissa Sheperd says:

    Dear Judy and kids,

    We just heard the horrific news about Campbell. Please accept our utmost and sympathies. Campbell and your entire family has been a shining spot in East Africa and especially Kenya for so long. His and your consideration for Africa and it’s people and environment are well known through your speaking engagements. You educated all of us not only about these magnificent gemstones but about the responsibilities we all have to each other and to our places in this world. We are all the better for your efforts. The stones that you coaxed from the earth have value but yourselves are the true precious gems.

    Keep well and strong and know that our prayers will always be with you.

    Many regards,
    Melissa Sheperd

  2. Marc Britton says:

    Bruce, A week later i’m still in shock over what happened to your dad..It seems like just yesterday when we all were playing in your grandmothers yard in Peoria, and listening to stories of high adventure in Kenya. What happened was an outrage…to say the least…

    Campbell was one great man, and so are you.. you’ll do fine. You and your Mom and Laura will be in our prayers. I dont expect anyone could recover quickly from something so devastating as this, but I pray that you will be back on your feet again. If you need a good word, or a little moral support, I’m there for only advice; go to in god almighty to turn a tragedey into a triumph.

    Best regards & hang in there Marc

  3. Patti and John DiGangi says:

    To the entire Bridges Family,

    First of all we’re so thankful that Bruce survived and so sorry that you lost Campbell. Your family will remain in our thoughts and prayers.

    After reading all the blogs and special memories people have a Campbell I was reminded of a Mexican tradition:

    ” It is believed that people die three deaths: The first death is when our bodies cease to function, when our hearts no lnger beat of their own accord, when our gaze no longer has depth or weight, when the space we occupy slowly loses its meaning.

    The second death comes when the body is lowered into the ground, returned to mother earth, out of sight.

    The third death, the most definitive death, is when there is no one left alive to remember us.”

    It appears that Campbell will be with us still for quite a long time.

    Peace and Love, Patti and John DiGangi

  4. Jen and Tom Hyland says:

    To the Bridges Family,

    We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this very difficult time.

    Love-Jennifer and Tom Hyland

  5. Martin Keats says:

    Very sorry to hear of Mr Bridges sudden death. Have only just read about him on the Telegraph’s website. A fascinating story. I was out in Kenya on holiday as a schoolboy with my sisters and parents, briefly, in 1967 when Campbell must have making his discovery of Tsavorite, but completely unaware of his work of course. It was quite easy to get out there when were were living in Aden at that time. My wife comes from Colombia, famous for its emeralds, which she is very proud of. Must tell her about Tsavorite’s splendour.

  6. David Dulemba says:

    It is with the most sincere simpathy I send to the family. While I have never known Mr. Bridges he has always been the most impressive person I have been had the please of following in his career. His adventures and help to the native people, discovery of such a beautiful stone have lead to my personal collection of tsavorite. My favorite stone.

    He will be missed.

    May God welcome him to his kingdom.

    David Dulemba

  7. Joel & Deb Stava says:

    Our deepest condolences to you, Laura, and to your family, on the very sad death of your father. We hope that your brother is recovering more every day.

    We are continuing to keep your family in our prayers for God’s strength and peace through all of this.

    Joel and Deb Stava

  8. Mike & Debbie Cieplak says:

    Dear Laura and Family,

    We are so sorry for your devastating loss and the sadness that you and your family are going through. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this most difficult time.
    Love, Mike,Debbie,Brian & Elizabeth

  9. Jack and Stephanie McElligott says:

    Dear Laura and family,

    There are no words to adequately express our condolences upon the loss of your father. Though we never knew him, we know he must have been a good man, for we have heard how much he respected this good earth of ours, and we see the evidence of his zest for life in the wonderful daughter and son he helped raise. We are praying for you all. We have faith that our loving God will comfort you and send His Spirit to strengthen and renew your spirits. May the Lord bless and keep you all in the palm of His Hand.
    Jack & Stephanie McElligott
    Naperville, IL

  10. Anjali Agarwal says:

    Dear Bruce & Jim

    I extend my condolences to you and your family. I hope that time and memories will help lessen the burden of your sorrow, and that you may draw some measure of comfort knowing that others care and share in your loss.
    Anjali Agarwal & JP Agarwal

  11. Rich Day says:

    To Campbells’ entire family. I never met Campbell. However, I feel I almost know him. I call on many jewelers with my business and a couple of them knew him well. They related a few stories to me about him. As I said, I never met him, but I feel like I lost a friend. It hurts to know I will never meet him. May God be with all of you to get through this very trying time. With my sincere sympathy and humble regards, Rich Day

  12. Jim Britton says:

    Dear Judy Bruce and Laura,
    It was with great sadness that I heard, Via Marcus, of Campbell’s death. Thankfully everyone else is safe. I think of you all and the good times we had in Peoria every time I see a tsavorite. Campbell was truly a great man and an important figure in the gem world. I feel privileged to have known him and all of you. Campbell’s name is familiar to many here at Sterling Jewelers and he will be missed.

  13. Michael Millsopp says:

    Dear Bruce and family,

    I recently heard yourself talking about your father on the BBC World Service, and I just wish to express my condolences for your tragic loss. My best wishes to you and your family.

    Yours sincerely

    Michael Millsopp

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