Lincoln Jackson Lee ("Linc") Bell
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Lincoln Jackson Lee ("Linc") Bell, 89 of San Pedro, California passed away peacefully on Thanksgiving Day, 2012 in Palos Verdes, California of natural causes. Lincoln was born in Birmingham, Alabama on February 12, 1923, Abraham Lincoln's birthday for whom he was named. He lived most of his life in New York, moving to San Pedro in the early 1960's. In December 1942, just before he was to be conscripted into the Army, Linc met the love of his life, Edith. They were married June 10, 1945. Lincoln's service in the military was deferred for essential industry reasons and for the following 39 years, he proudly served as a shipfitter at Naval ship yards in Brooklyn, New York, Bayonne, New Jersey and Long Beach, California. It was the shipfitters job to "fit" together, fabricate, assemble, and erect all the structural portions of a ship by welding or riveting. Shortly before Lincoln passed, a former colleague, now advanced in years, came to visit Linc to reminisce that it was Lincoln who taught him to rivet. From 1945 to 1955, Linc enjoyed being an Usher in New York City for the productions of the Gilbert and Sullivan Society. He had a license to run a forklift; and, Linc held a private pilot's license. He belonged to the Flyers Club. Mr. Bell was an avid pilot, often making recreational flights from New York to Pennsylvania for breakfast. Linc and Edith traveled frequently and took special pleasure in regular visits to New Orleans for Mardis Gras; to St. Simons Island, Georgia to visit his sister; and to southern Florida to visit his mother-in-law. The couple also shared memorable trips to Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico. He was a member of Temple Beth El in San Pedro, California since 1962. Lincoln Bell was kind, loving, extremely patient, and a dedicated husband. Comedy clichés aside, he was adored by his mother-in-law and vice versa. His presence is deeply missed by family and friends, especially Edith who, except for brief hospitalizations, spent not a day without him. He is survived by his wife, Edith R. Bell, and many nieces, nephews, grand-and-great-grand nieces and nephews, and cousins. He was predeceased by brother, William ("Billy"), and sisters, Martha and Amy. Services will be held Thursday, November 29, 2012, 7:00 p.m. at Temple Beth El, 1435 W. 7th Street, San Pedro, California (310) 833-2467. Please sign the guest book at www.dailybreeze.com/obits.
Published in Daily Breeze from Nov. 28 to Dec. 2, 2012