It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of the City of Coral Springs Mayor, Walter “Skip” Campbell.
A long-time Coral Springs resident, Skip was a dedicated public servant, who served as the City’s Mayor since 2014. Skip ran for the Florida Senate and won, spending 10 years representing the West and Northwest areas of Broward County. An accomplished legislator, Skip helped to successfully pass 112 Bills during his time in the State Senate, many of which benefited children and families.
“Skip was truly a dedicated public servant, a man of the people and a pillar of the Coral Springs community. He was a champion for quality education and the safety of our children. I will miss his leadership, professionalism and friendship,” said City Manager Michael Goodrum.
Skip was a distinguished attorney and considered a leader within the legal profession. He served as President of the Broward County Bar Association, President of the Broward County Trial Lawyers' Association and President of the Federal Bar Association of Broward County. He was elected to the Board of Governors of The Florida Bar from 1988 through 1996 and was the recipient of The Florida Bar Meritorious Service Award.
City Attorney John Hearn, who has known Skip for nearly 30 years, said, “He was a mentor to so many in the legal profession. When Skip was elected Mayor of Coral Springs, he brought with him the respect and integrity, which he was known for throughout the State of Florida. Skip was committed to our City and seeing Coral Springs thrive as a family-oriented community. As a father and 25-year resident of Coral Springs myself, I appreciated Skip’s enthusiasm for our parks and sports leagues.” Hearn continued, “I will miss his banter about collegiate football on the dais. Skip always enjoyed a quip about my Alma Mater’s Fighting Irish, while I would return a jab about his beloved Florida Gators.”
In the aftermath of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting on February 14, 2018, Skip supported and mourned alongside grieving families. He also demanded action from his former colleagues in the Florida Senate to prevent such tragedy in the future. Skip worked to ensure the City secured funding to add additional sworn police officers in every public school within the City’s boundaries, saying, “The safety of our children is my greatest priority.”
In accordance with the City’s Ordinance, Vice Mayor Lou Cimaglia will serve as Mayor pro tempore (pro tem). Of Skip’s sudden passing, Cimaglia says, “I am heartbroken over the loss of my friend and my colleague. It has truly been my greatest honor serving alongside Skip on the dais. His service to the public, especially to the Coral Springs community, will have a lasting impact on our City for generations to come. I knew Skip as a family-man, not just our City’s Mayor.” Cimaglia added, “Right now, my thoughts and prayers are with his family as they grieve the loss of this great man.”
Mayor Walter “Skip” Campbell is survived by his wife, Lynn, their children, Christina and Daniel; sisters Maureen and Kathleen, brother John, three grandchildren, as well as extended family and friends.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be sent to Community Foundation of Broward, 910 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301, earmarked for the Muriel T. Campbell Memorial Fund. This fund benefits local charities, which Skip set up after the passing of his mother.
Mayor Skip Campbell was elected as Mayor of Coral Springs in November 2014, and was re-elected in November 2016. He has been a resident of Coral Springs for 36 years and was one of the original members of the Economic Development Foundation. He was board-certified as a civil trial lawyer by The Florida Bar in 1983.
Mayor Campbell previously served in the Florida Senate from 1996 to 2006. He was an accomplished legislator and proudly served the communities of the western portions of central and northern Broward County. During his time in the Senate, he passed 112 bills benefitting the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) and other worthy causes. He was Chairman of the Finance and Tax, Regulated Industries and Children and Families Committees.
He has received many awards and recognitions including the Distinguished Community Service Award of the B’nai B’rith Anti-Defamation League of Coral Springs/Parkland, the Outstanding Senator Award of the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers and the Child Advocate of the Year Award in recognition of his commitment and service to children.
Mayor Campbell was born in Rockaway Beach, New York. He graduated from the University of Florida’s Law School in 1973. During his career, he has been President of the Broward County Bar Association, President of the Broward County Young Lawyers Association, and President of the Federal Bar Association of Broward County. In his spare time, he also coached youth soccer and little league for 10 years.