In Memory of




Obituary for David Trevor Camberg

David Trevor Camberg May 28, 1944 – July 29, 2022

Dave was born in Southport, England. His family came to the United States in 1948 and Dave lived many places, including studying at the University of Lancaster in England, before settling in California. Dave lived in San Diego over 50 years, having graduated from San Diego State University with a BA in Political Science in 1970 and a Master of Public Administration in 1973. He spent his 37-year career at SDSU, first as a working graduate student and later as a staff professional handling financial and administrative matters for the School of Art and Design where he received the Staff Award for Excellence. Both before and after his retirement in 2006, Dave devoted himself to volunteer work; on a regular basis he drove meals to those who were seriously ill, worked at food pantries, and taught English to foreign students. He was named Volunteer of the Year by Mama’s Kitchen for over 22 years of service.

Dave was an avid student of American history, geography, and current events. He was active in the San Diego Democratic Party as well as the LGBT Center in Hillcrest and enjoyed hiking, traveling, following sports, as well as supporting art students and activities at SDSU. Most of all, Dave loved his family and many friends and they in turn deeply loved him. He was a devoted son to his late parents Phil and Sophie Camberg, and until his final days he was a loving brother, uncle and great uncle. He suffered greatly from Parkinson’s Disease for many years, always with great bravery, courage and without complaint. Dave was a remarkable man with a delightful sense of humor who was uniformly described by others as smart, positive, good natured, hardworking, generous, thoughtful and most of all gentle and always kind. He is survived by his sister Vivian Philbin; his nephew Matthew Philbin and his wife Sarah and their three children Maggie, Edward and Benjamin; his nephew Michael Philbin and Sarah Kamely; his niece Catherine Philbin Nevins and her husband Colin; and, many cousins in England. His family and many friends loved Dave so very much and miss him dearly. He most surely made the world a better place. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Dave’s name to the Michael J Foxx Parkinson’s Foundation.