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Peter E. Bell

1959-2014 PITTSFIELD Peter E. Bell, 55, of 274 Gale Avenue, died Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at Berkshire Medical Center after a tragic fall. Born in Pittsfield on February 23, 1959, the son of Susanne Swift Bell and the late Murchie Bell, he was a graduate of Pittsfield High School, earned an associates degree from Berkshire Community College, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from the University of Massachusetts. He was Executive Director of the Pittsfield Boys & Girls Club from 1999 to 2013, and had worked at the Club in various staff and director positions since 1982. Peter and his beloved wife, Donna recently celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary. They were married at St. Agnes Church in Dalton on August 5, 1989. Becoming a father was his greatest joy in life, and his devotion was rewarded with three beautiful and loving human beings to carry on his legacy. Like his father, Peter believed that family was everything, his reason for being. He was never happier than when surrounded by generations of extended family and friends, and was fortunate to have recently met the next generation with the birth of a great-niece in April of this year. A gifted athlete and fierce competitor in his youth, he made it his life's work to use sports as a way to connect with and teach children of all ages. Team sports, in particular, were used to demonstrate commitment to teammates, respect for rivals, humility in winning and grace in losing. Hard work, integrity, and loyalty were his gifts to an entire generation. He spent years coaching various local teams, including Pittsfield High baseball, American Legion baseball, and Pittsfield softball. He attained his dream job as Executive Director of the Boys and Girls Club in 1999. His unwavering mission was to provide a safe place for children to develop the skills they would need to become good, caring adults and solid members of their community. He helped them to play, learn, teach, aspire, achieve, and inspire the ones that followed. His dedication to his vision was undeniable and he never allowed it to be compromised. Outside of family and work, he enjoyed spending time on the golf course, watching baseball, and riding his lawn mower (often with a cup of Dunkin Donuts coffee in hand). He was an avid Yankees fan, a passion that he shared with his children and nephews. He will live on not only in his own family, but in the families of the children that he coached, taught and mentored over the years. They will tell their own children of their fond memories that include a caring, steadfast, and funny (if sometimes sarcastic) man named Mr. Bell. Mr. Bell leaves his wife, the former Donna Peaslee. He is also survived by his son, Jonathan Bell of Pittsfield; his daughters, Lynsay Bell of Pittsfield, and Kailey Bell of Pittsfield; his mother, Susanne Bell of Pittsfield; two brothers, Lawrence Bell and his wife, Pamela, of Lanesborough, Robert Bell and his wife, Beth, of Littleton, Mass.; two sisters, Debra Bell of Pittsfield and Mary Carroll and her husband, Phil, of Pittsfield; nine nieces and nephews and a great niece; as well as his in-laws, Robert R. and Gloria Peaslee of Dalton; his sister-in-law, Cheryl Killeen and her husband, Robert, of Pittsfield; and his brother-in-law, David Peaslee and his wife, Marla, of Norwalk, Ohio. FUNERAL NOTICE: A celebration of the life of Peter Earl Bell will be held Sunday, August 17, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., at the Berkshire Hills Country Club. Funeral services will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Bell Family Education Fund. Donations may be made in memory of Peter E. Bell or Murchie F. Bell, and will be used to fund college educations for Peter's children. Future contributions will be converted to scholarships for other deserving city youths. Please send donations in care of the DERY FUNERAL HOME, 54 Bradford Street, Pittsfield.


Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Aug. 16, 2014
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