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Patricia June BELL
1924 - 2020
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PATRICIA 'PAT' JUNE BELL December 26, 1924 - November 16, 2020 Passed away peacefully in her sleep at Lakeside Long Term Care, Toronto, Ontario, in her 95th year. Beloved wife of Gordon Cameron 'Scotty' Bell (August 23, 1925 - March 15, 2016); dear mother of Graydon (Sally Mills) and Allan (Valerie Knapp); proud grandmother of Ian (Laura), Sean (Marita Cheng) and Robyn (Jay Krause) and Maxine (Ted McIlwain) and Spencer, and great-grandmother of Adalee Bell and Margot McIlwain. Born in Bexhill, England, to Winnie and Geoffrey Spencer, Pat and her family immigrated to Fort William, Ontario, in 1930, to start a new life in Canada. After graduating high school she worked in her father's insurance agency until marrying Scotty, a forester, the love of her life, in 1950. Thunder Bay was their home. Friends say Pat was easy to talk to and had a quiet sense of humour. She loved to 'spoil' us with her baking, was an excellent cook and an expert knitter, creating whimsical sweaters for her grandchildren. A regular around the bridge table with her club, Pat also enjoyed cross country skiing. She passionately maintained a beautiful garden, which lives on-we moved her favourite roses to our gardens in Toronto and Bracebridge. A dedicated volunteer, Pat also cared about the community, giving back at the hospital, Meals on Wheels, and projects with the IODE. She adored us boys (Graydon and Allan) and then warmly welcomed our wives, and delighted in her grandchildren, and throughout, Scotty was her constant companion. She was devoted to us all, with love, kindness, style and grace. In keeping with Pat's wishes, cremation has taken place. We extend our sincere gratitude to the staff at Lakeside Long Term Care, Toronto, for the care and comfort they gave mom in her final years. A private celebration of life and internment at Thunder Bay Mountain View Cemetery will be held at a later date. Donations in memory of Pat may be made to the Alzheimer Society.

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Published in The Globe and Mail from Nov. 21 to Nov. 25, 2020.
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November 23, 2020
We were sorry to learn of Pat's passing. We lost our mother Lal on July 7 of this year too. Lal and Pat were great friends going back to their mothers long friendship and did many things together. They were childhood and school friends and carried on their friendship through the years through their bridge club. She was a very lovely lady and devoted wife and mother and a fine friend. She cultivated the most wonderful gardens. With our heartfelt sympathy to all of the Bell family. She will be very missed.
Susan and David Nancekivell
Susan Nancekivell
November 21, 2020
Pat was such an awesome grandma. She was always so loving and supportive and was always sure to ask if “I had a girlfriend yet??”. When I said no she would always follow up and remind me that “you have to be chooosy!”. I love her so much and she will be missed ❤
Spencer Bell
November 21, 2020
We love this picture of Pat and Scotty, circa the late 40s.
Love you always,
Valerie and Allan
Valerie Knapp
November 21, 2020
I remember your mum so well. I am so very sorry for your loss. May she rest n peace Pat Garrity.
pat stareski
November 21, 2020
Grayson and Allan, your Mom and Dad were our first house neighbours on Leland. What wonderful people they were. Great to read you both went on to make your own families.
Keith Fawcett
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