Charles Bell

Charles Bell, 88, of Fairview, Pa., passed away July 24, 2013. He was born October 16, 1924, in Bayville, N.Y.

Charlie served in the US Navy from 1943-1946, and attended both Colgate University and University of North Carolina, and trained as pilot. After he was honorably discharged, he earned a Bachelor of Engineering from George Washington University, and subsequently completed and obtained numerous post-graduate certifications and degrees. Charlie married Joan Collery in August of 1948, on Long Island, N.Y. While married, they lived in numerous states, finally settling in Fairview, with their six children, in 1964. He was President and part-owner of Erie Bolt Corporation, until his retirement. Also very active in the community, he served two terms as President of the Manufactures Assoc. of Erie, was a longtime member and past President of Erie Skeet Club, President of Foundation for Free Enterprise Education, and was a member the Lake Shore Country Club and the Aviation Club. He was an involved member of St. Stephen's Church.

A soft-spoken and quietly generous man, he enjoyed the outdoors, working with his hands, The Red Sox, sailing, traveling, reading, and spending time with his friends and family.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, Joan Collery Bell and his eldest son, Charles G. Bell.

Charlie is survived by his children, Peter and his wife Carol, of Barrington, R.I., Chris and his wife Sue, of Fairview, Tim of Fairview, Gina Sweeney and her husband Bernie, of Quincy, Mass., Cindy Cooper of Barrington, R.I., his daughter-in-law, Patrice Macaluso O'Connell of Boston, 13 grandchildren, many nieces and nephews and dear friends.

A memorial service will be held Friday, April 25th at 10 a.m., at St. Stephen's Church, 1070 Dutch Road, Fairview.

Memorials may be made to St. Stephen's Memorial Fund, St. Stephen's Church, 1070 Dutch Road, Fairview, PA 16415, or The Alzheimer's Disease and Memory Disorders Center Research at Rhode Island Hospital, 593 Eddy Street, Providence, RI 02903.

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Published in the Erie Times-News on Apr. 20, 2014