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September 3, 2018
David Aubrey Bell
Bachelors of Agriculture and Education
Masters of Education
Dec 4, 1921 Millerfield, AB – Sept 3, 2018 Brooks, AB
It is with great sadness that the family announces the passing of David Aubrey Bell on September 3, 2018 in Brooks, AB. During his life he was, first, a gentleman, a man of wisdom and kindness, a politician, a salesman, scholar, teacher, volunteer, an adventurer and an explorer. He was a strong, powerful, intelligent man and an inspiration to so many of us.
Dave was married to his loving wife Ethel for 63 years before her passing. The life lessons he taught will never be forgotten, and his legacy lives on through his family. Though our hearts hurt, we know he is with his beloved Ethel and will have peace.
Dave joined the army in 1942 and served overseas in Holland and Germany with Canadian Scottish Light Infantry. He returned to Canada and met his wife Ethel Wilkinson (1926 – 2014). They married in 1947, moved to Holden, AB and had 3 children, Ruth Bell of Morningside AB, with grandchildren Stormy, Heric and Jacob Holmes. Linda Dragon of Brooks, AB, grandchildren Sarah and Kate, and Chris Bell of Kanata, ON with grandson Taylor. He also leaves 7 great grandchildren.
He was an inspiration, in many ways, for those living a challenging life. Dave had polio in 1953, which never slowed him down, just sent him back to University for a new career path. Dave was a teacher in Tofield, AB, principal in Bruce, AB and a guidance counselor in Stettler, AB. He held positions with 2 provincial governments. In Saskatchewan as a Training Consultant for adult education programs, and a Director for Alberta Department of Agriculture and for the Federal government, as a Training Consultant for Manpower and Immigration. Dave believed there was no such word as “can’t” and took on many volunteer positions with the federal and provincial Liberals, church, schools, and 4H, in whatever city or town he lived.
A celebration of David Bell’s life will take place on Saturday, September 22, 1:00 pm at The Airdrie United Church.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation at firstname.lastname@example.org.