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Robert L. Bell Obituary


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“Dear Bob, I just learned of your father's passing. I regret I was not able to pay my respects in person. Thinking of you and Jean and all your...Read More »
1 of 15 | Posted by: Vanessa Hale - Shrewsbury, MA

“Dear Bob. I just read the Melrose Free Press and found your Father's obit. My condolences and sincere sympathy to you and your Family. I remember...Read More »
2 of 15 | Posted by: Erna Hooton - Melrose, MA

“Bob, I was so sorry to read of your loss. My condolences to you and your family. ”
3 of 15 | Posted by: Adele Dean - Melrose, MA

“Marlene, Bobby and Family. So very sorry to hear about your Dad. I would have attended to pay my respects, but just learned of his passing. Please...Read More »
4 of 15 | Posted by: Betty Sackett Rossi - Melrose, MA

“Marlene, Bobby and Family. So very sorry to hear about your Dad. I would have attended to pay my respects, but just learned of his passing. Please...Read More »
5 of 15 | Posted by: Betty Sackett Rossi - Melrose, MA

“Marlene, Bobby and Family. So very sorry to hear about your Dad. I would have attended to pay my respects, but just learned of his passing. Please...Read More »
6 of 15 | Posted by: Betty Sackett Rossi - Melrose, MA

“Marlene, Bobby and Family. So very sorry to hear about your Dad. I would have attended to pay my respects, but just learned of his passing. Please...Read More »
7 of 15 | Posted by: Betty Sackett Rossi - Melrose, MA

“Bob, Nate and Family, Sorry for your loss. We will keep your family in our prayers. -The Maddens ”
8 of 15 | Posted by: Jason Madden - Melrose, MA

“May the God of tender mercies and of all comfort who comfort all, Comfort the Bell family, When the last enemy strikes grief may be great and make...Read More »
9 of 15 | Posted by: Ginger Robinson - Joaquin,, TX

“We wish to express our deepest sympathy to the Bell Family on their recent loss. ”
10 of 15 | Posted by: The Nason Family - Melrose, MA

“Bill and I wish to extend to all of you our sincere condolences. Thank you for the memories and all the nice days in Sarasota. ”
11 of 15 | Posted by: Mary & Bill Brownlie - Westford, MA

“Mary and I send our sympathy to the Bell family. We enjoyed many years in Melrose and Bellevue Golf Club with Bob and his family. We had many...Read More »
12 of 15 | Posted by: John Wood - Marlborough, MA

“Aunty Rose, Marlene, Bobby, Stephen & Christine, We extend our deepest sympathy on the passing of Uncle Bob. He will be most remembered for his...Read More »
13 of 15 | Posted by: Laurel Hickey - MA

“Bob, so sorry to read of your father's passing. ”
14 of 15 | Posted by: Jean (Dunklee) West - Berwick

“The Gately Family and Staff wish to express our sincere sympathy to you. It is our hope that we may be able to make a difficult time more bearable....Read More »
15 of 15 | Posted by: John W. Gately, Fred Sprague and Stephen Bartholomew - MA


Robert L. Bell passed away at the Lawrence Memorial Hospital, on January 15, 2009. He was 89 years of age. Robert was raised in Everett, graduated from Everett High School, where he lettered in football, was the class president and was inducted into the Hall of Fame for football. After high school he went to Bridgton Academy in Maine, he continued playing football at the academy and was inducted into Bridgton Academy's Hall of Fame for football. Robert continued his connection with Bridgton Academy serving as a trustee for 15 years. Mr. Bell graduated from Bowdoin College and then entered WWII. He served in the US Navy as a naval officer in the Pacific Theater for 4 years. He lived in Melrose for over 25 years and Sarasota, Florida for 20 years. Bob owned 6 greeting card stores for 20 years; including Bell Card Shop in Melrose. He later became a book publisher and owned Crescendo Publishing Company in Boston for 25 years. He enjoyed playing tennis well into his 80's, poker and backgammon. Mr. Bell liked the theater, swing dancing and was a longtime member of Bellevue Golf Club in Melrose. Husband of Rose E. (Hogan) Bell. Father of Marlene T. Bell of Osterville, Robert L. Bell Jr. & his wife Jean of Melrose, Stephen J. Bell & his wife Rosemary of Wayland and Christine C. Bell & her husband Robert Means of Melrose. Brother of the Late Joseph & William Bell, Olive Tobin and Ethel Brownlie. Grandfather of Dawn, Jennifer, Rebecca, Nathan, Stephen Jr., Michael, Stephanie, Michaela, Alistair-Ian and the late Scott Andre. Also survived by 4 great grandchildren and a great great granddaughter. Funeral from the Gately Funeral Home 79 W. Foster St. Melrose, on Wed. Jan. 21st at 9AM. Funeral Mass in The Most Blessed Sacrament Church, 1155 Main St. Wakefield, at 10AM. Relatives & friends invited. Visiting hours Tues. 4-7PM. Memorial contributions may be made to the National Aphasia Association 350 7th Ave., New York, NY 10001, www.aphasia.org

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