BellArthur "Bee" Bell, 96, passed away on July 22, 2016, six days before his 97th birthday, at his lakeside home surrounded by his loved ones.
He was born in Hamlin on July 28, 1919, the son of the late Arthur and Agnes (Daigle) LeBel.
He was a proud World War II veteran who loved his country. He enjoyed talking about cars and trucks. After retirement, he loved fixing small engines and working in his garage. In the early spring he enjoyed getting his seeds ready to plant in his garden at the lake.
He was predeceased by his parents, Arthur LeBel and Agnes Daigle; his stepfather, Eddie Bellefleur; his wife, Cecile Roy Bell; his brothers, Alyre and Edwin; his stepdaughter, Joanne; his stepson-in-law, Ted; two step-grandchildren; and nephews John and Eddie.
He is survived by his nieces and spouses, Barbara Pelletier and Dan, Jackie Winslow and Buddy, and Rose Porter and Arnie; and his nephew and spouse, Peter Bell and Diane. He is also survived by his beloved companion of 19 years, Therese Stamas; his stepdaughters and spouses, Dorothy and Colby Churchill, Patricia Zambos and Beverly and Raymond "Butch" Thibodeau; stepson-in-law, Eldon Bouchard; 15 step-grandchildren; and several step-great-grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Thursday, July 28, at St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Madawaska. Family and friends may call at the Lajoie Funeral Home from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday and from 9-9:45 a.m. on Thursday. Interment will follow immediately after the service in the St. David Cemetery.
Donations in his memory may be made to any veteran organization or a charity of one's choice. Arrangements have been entrusted to Lajoie Funeral Home. For online condolences please visit http://www.lajoiefuneralhome.com/.