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Willard H. "Woody" Bell

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Bell, Willard "Woody" H.

Willard "Woody" H. Bell, a 17-year resident of Oxford, NY and former 63-year resident of Chester (Oxford Depot), NY, passed away peacefully at home, Friday, December 27, 2013. Woody was 80 years old and was predeceased by his wife of 53 years, Eileen Joan Riggs Bell. Son of the late Harry L. Bell and E. Lorena Bell, he was born in Goshen, NY on April 21, 1933. Woody is survived by his brother, Roger D. Bell of McDonough, NY; two sons, David H. Bell and his wife Pamela of Bloomingdale, NJ, and Allan W. Bell and his wife Christiana of Yakima, WA; two daughters, Heidi L. Bell Sambets of Goodyear, AZ, and Andrea L. Tinney of Oxford, NY; four granddaughters, Amanda Sambets, Lauren and Kodi Bell, and Brianna Tinney; two grandsons, Liam Tinney, and Shawn Tinney; and great-grandson, Ryan Bell; along with cousins, nieces and nephews. Woody attended the Monroe-Woodbury School District, beginning his studies in the one-room school house that is still standing on Oxford Road and is now a historical building, and graduated from the high school on N. Main Street. Woody was a proud veteran of the U.S. Navy, and kept in contact with the guys he served alongside on the USS WASP. He met Eileen when she was in nurse's training in Newburgh, NY, and started their family in the first home they built on Oxford Road in Chester, NY. Woody enjoyed many pastimes, especially hunting, fishing, and deep sea fishing with his wife, father, brother, and other family. He was a member of the Black Rock Hunting and Fishing Club although he and Eileen had a hunting and fishing camp at Indian Lake, where they spent many summers and hunting seasons. He and Eileen were members of the Monroe Bowling League and he played baseball for years, then later coached little league in Monroe, NY. They also enjoyed golfing. Woody worked for over 35 years at Orange and Rockland Utilities in Monroe, NY, starting as Lineman and retiring as a Supervisor. Woody served as IBEW local 503 President from 1969-1984 and organized the union at the Highland Telephone Company. Family and friends will be invited to a graveside service and a celebration of Woody's life in Spring 2014 in Orange County Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Goshen, NY, where he will lay to rest next to his beloved wife, Eileen. Funeral arrangements made by Smith, Seaman & Quackenbush, Inc. Funeral Home, 845-782-8185. To send a condolence to the Bell family or to check on future services, please visit www.ssqfuneralhome.com.



Published in Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin on Jan. 5, 2014
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Smith Seaman & Quackenbush Funeral Homes Inc
515 Rte 32 Highland Mills, NY 10930
(845) 782-8185
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