Joseph A. Bell
1923 ~ 2014
Age 90. Born & raised in Portage La Prairie, Manitoba, Canada. Was final surviving member of Portage Terriers 1942 Memorial Cup Champion team. Signed at age 18 with NY Rangers NHL and played professional ice hockey for 15 years (661 games).
His career was interrupted by Canadian Navy service during World War II, where Joe fought the Battle of the North Atlantic against Nazi Germany. After WW II, he resumed his hockey career with the Rangers. During his lengthy career he was selected to several all star teams, and was WIHL scoring champion in 1955, while wrapping up his career with the Seattle Ironmen who were soon renamed the Totems. Joe was inducted into Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame. He was also an avid low-single digit handicap golfer and bird hunter, he truly loved the outdoors. Once birdied 5 holes consecutively, and lipped-out the 6th, and spent countless hours hunting and on walks with his black labs, Sam and Andy.
Loving husband, father & grandfather. Preceded in death by wife, Jo Anne; and daughter, Julie. Survived by son, Joseph Jr. (Sue); daughters, Betsy and Alison Burch (Mark); grandchildren, Jessie & Michael Bell, and Nicole & Alexander Burch; Siblings in Canada include Bev Braden & Bryan Bell- Portage La Prairie and James Bell-Pickering Ontario.
Graveside Service will be held March 1, 2014 at 10 AM at
5041 35th Ave NE, Seattle.
Donations should be made to your favorite charity
. Special thanks goes out to the staff of "A Loving Heart" AFH in Bothell for the exceptional care they gave dad.
Hoffner Fisher & Harvey
Guestbook at harveyfuneral.com
Published by The Seattle Times on Feb. 23, 2014.