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John Bell Jr.

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Bell, Jr., John S.
John S. Bell, Jr., 81, of Kent, CT died on Sunday, December 23. He was surrounded by his loving family. He was the husband of Leona Bell to whom he was married for 27 years. Mr. Bell is survived by his wife, Leona, children, John Bell, III and his wife, Sheila, of Middletown, Joy Miller and her husband, Patrick, of Jupiter, FL, Jeffrey Bell and his wife, Cindy, of Sanford, NC, as well as his stepsons Steve Jordan and his wife, Stephanie, of Roxbury, Jeff Jordan of Wingdale, NY and Andrew Jordan of Atlanta, GA. Mr. Bell had 15 grandchildren: Jay, Jeremy, James, Jeffrey, Douglas, Brandi, Brian, Caitlin, Sharon, Eric, Cody, Joshua, Craig, Travis and Alexander and 7 great-grandchildren: Logan, Brennan, Christian, Ryan, Addiana, Macy and Brinley.
Mr. Bell was an only child born to Frances and John Bell on August 1, 1931 in Oakland, New Jersey. He graduated Collingswood High School in 1947 and proudly served in the submarine service of the United States Navy. Before moving to Kent in 1992, Mr. Bell lived in New Milford, CT for 42 years. Although retired, Mr. Bell had a colorful life and was engaged in several businesses in the western, CT area. Mr. Bell, along with his first wife, Joan, opened the area's first scuba diving store, The Diving Bell, in Brookfield. He was known for his excellent underwater photography. He had a passion for photography and owned Simpson's Camera Shop in New Milford for a period of time. Additionally, over the years, Mr. Bell became well known in the western CT community through his positions with area businesses such as Allstate Insurance, the original New Milford Bowling Lanes, the Bank Street Theater in New Milford and the Bantam Cinema.
Calling hours will take place at Lillis Funeral Home, 58 Bridge Street, New Milford, CT on Friday, December 28, 2012 from 5pm to 8pm. A Memorial Mass will be held at the Church of the Sacred Heart in Kent, CT on Saturday, December 29, 2012 at 10am. Reception will follow. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Kent Free Market (Food Bank), Kent Community House, 93 North Main Street, Kent, CT, 860-927-1586.

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Published in News Times on Dec. 26, 2012
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