Friends and family are invited to attend his CELEBRATION OF LIFE on Sunday August 27th, 2017 at 2pm at the Shakespeare Optimist Hall.
Bruce was a New Year’s baby born on December 31st, 1953. He grew up in North Easthope Township and enjoyed life on the family farm. Agriculture was a lifelong passion and enjoyed that his work often included meeting with farmers and taking long drives through the countryside.
Bruce commented regularly on the awesome power of nature and wonders of God. He was looking forward to being reunited with his parents William (Bill) and Emmalene (Em) Bell who predeceased him.
Bruce (Bruno) was the sixth of ten children and is survived by his siblings Dianne Currah (Larry), Donna LeSouder (Peter), Darlene Schmidt (Calvin), Joe Bell (Cathie), Brian Bell (Harla), John Bell (Connie), Pete Bell (Bev), Deb Bell (Paul) and Denise Bell.
Bruce’s custom license plates read “BLESSD7X”. He enjoyed when border security personnel or any new acquaintance would ask about his plates and seven children. Bruce was the cherished Dad to Shannon Bell Hurd (Jason), Jillian Roth (Jeremy), Chris Bell (Kait), Justin Bell, Jaimee Bell (Kevin), Madison Bell and Logan Bell. He was a treasured Grandpa to nine grandchildren: Seegan, Evangeline, Wyatt, Jake, Owen, Easton, Danica, Locklynn and Lukas.
Bruce remained a dear friend to his former spouse and mother of his five youngest children, Sandy Dietrich-Bell. He is also survived by his former spouse and mother of his two oldest children Sandra (Malcho) Bell. He truly loved his large family including many nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles. Bruce was predeceased by his great-nephew Joey Erb and expressed that he was looking forward to seeing him again.
Bruce knew that life was for living and he wanted to squeeze every bit of living into whatever time he had left. Like his Dad, he loved family, farming and baseball. He was hoping to make a trip to PEI yet this summer to see his youngest son Logan play in the Canadian National Baseball Tournament representing Ontario.
Bruce loved gathering with friends and family and was looking forward to attending the September wedding of his niece Raeven Bell and Marcus Graham. He will undoubtedly be there in spirit as well.
Bruce asked to have Memorial Donations directed to the Shakespeare & Community Athletic Association (S.C.A.A.) PO Box 272, Shakespeare, ON N0B 2P0. He expressed how incredibly thankful he was for the care he received at the London Health Sciences Centre.
Please visit Bruce's obituary notice on Facebook.