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J. Campbell “Cam” Soutter



J. Campbell “Cam” Soutter, 86, formerly of W. Peabody and Lincoln, NH, passed away peacefully on February 11, 2021 with his loving and devoted wife Oneita by his side.

Born in Newton in 1934 and a resident of Swampscott until his marriage to Oneita (Grant) Soutter in 1964, Cam and Oneita moved to West Peabody where they resided for fifty-two years. They raised their three children in West Peabody before moving to their ski house in Lincoln NH.

Cam graduated from Swampscott High School in 1953 and studied at Northeastern University School of Engineering, and served in the Army Reserves from 1958-1964. His professional life was spent in research and development. He had been employed at Champion Lamp and Norelco in Lynn before retiring from GTE Sylvania in Salem. For many years following his retirement he was a valued and well respected part time staff member at the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home.

Cam was a lifelong member of the Boy Scouts serving over fifty years as a Scout and Scout Master in Swampscott and West Peabody.  He was honored with the Silver Beaver award for those who implement the scouting program and perform community service through hard work, self-sacrifice, dedication and many years of service to scouting. Always willing to volunteer his time and lend a helping hand, he coached his children’s sports teams, cooked pancakes for church breakfasts, volunteered at My Brothers Table in Lynn for over twenty-five years,  organized many ski trips for colleagues and friends, and volunteered at the Peabody and Lincoln, NH Historical Societies.

Cam had a love for the outdoors and a passion for adventure, and enjoyed camping, canoeing, whitewater rafting, skiing, snow shoeing, hiking, and mountain climbing. He also loved traveling domestically and abroad including many cruises with his wife. Cam was a brilliant storyteller and enjoyed sharing his stories with family and friends.

In addition to his wife Oneita of fifty-six years, he is survived by a son James Soutter and wife Lisa of Redwood City CA, daughter Beth Guidetti and husband Mark of Clermont FL, and daughter Sharon Asiaf and husband Peter of South Boston.  He was a loving grandfather to Haley Soutter of Orlando FL, Nicholas Guidetti of Palm Coast FL, Campbell Soutter of Redwood City CA and Abigail, Peter and Travis Asiaf all from South Boston, and a brother Alex Soutter and wife Beverly who reside in Harrison ME.

Due to COVID restrictions the family is planning a Celebration of Life event for Cam to be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions in his name may be made to Alzheimers Assoc 309 Waverly Oaks Rd., Waltham, MA 02452 (https://www.alz.org/) and or The Church of the Messiah, P.O. Box  267,  North Woodstock, NH 03262. Arrangements are under the direction of the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home of Ipswich.

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