Campion Founder Passes Away


Ross Campion Jardine, 82, the former General Manager of Campion Marine and NMMA Canada Hall of Fame inductee, has passed away. His dedication to recreational boating and leadership over the years had a significant, positive impact on the marine industry.

In his obituary, Jardine is remembered as "a very humble, generous and loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend.'

Born Jan 17, 1934 to Ted and Helen (Young) in Coronation, Alberta, Jardine spent his early years in nearby Compeer where his parents owned the General Store. In 1944 the family moved to Kamloops and their new family business, Jardine Hardware. Growing up working in the store and playing hockey and football ignited his lifelong passions for sports and business. Jardine married his high school sweetheart, Arline (Carter), in 1958 and had five children, Jody, Arlana (Shane) Dagneau, Terry-Jo (Dale) Kaiser, Rex (Nicole) and Nancy.

Early in his career, Jardine partnered with his older brother Glen, opening Kamloops Sport Shop on Victoria St. His love of boating and the Shuswap then led him to develop Kamsport Marine. In the 1970's he became a partner in manufacturing boats and in 1983 created Campion Marine, sending his boats throughout the world.

At Campion Marine, Jardine was instrumental in charting the course for the company to grow internationally and to eventually become Canada's largest independently owned fibreglass powerboat builder. Along with his son, Rex, Ross Jardine introduced numerous boat lines and models to the world of powerboating. The Chase line of Campion high performance boats was essential to the introduction of the APEX Hull – now used on almost every Campion model.

Jardine was honoured in early 2012 as the 2011 inductee into NMMA Canada's Hall of Fame. The association bestowed the honour upon him for his achievements as well as pursuit of quality, innovation and perfection within his respective spheres of expertise.

Jardine had a passion for hockey, formerly playing for the Kamloops Chiefs team, twice Coy Cup Champions and part of the Kamloops Sports Hall of Fame. He also coached local teams, played for the Kamloops Oldtimers and enjoyed serving as a director for the Kamloops Blazers.

Donations to the Heart and Stroke Fund or Canuck Place in Jardine's memory are appreciated.