Frederic David Bell, age 53, passed away with his family by his side on Saturday, April 16, after a valiant battle with colon cancer. Born April 29, 1962, in Boston, raised in Milton, Frederic was known to his family as David. The eldest of five children, David attended Thayerlands in Braintree and graduated from Thayer Academy in 1980. David attended Yale University and majored in science. After graduating from Yale University with a B.S. in Psych Biology, David worked in Boston at a mens homeless shelter. For several years, he worked at Little Brown Publishing house in Boston. David wrote for the newspaper, The Banner, and enthusiastically reviewed films. After relocating to New York city in 1994, David worked at EFA, Editorial Freelancer Association. He began tutoring as a hobby and found his calling; from 1995 onwards, he provided educational support to junior high and high school students living in New York. Known as the coolest tutor in New York, David was beloved by all of his students and their families for his dedication, intellect and teaching style. Married in 2010, he enjoyed traveling the world, with Rebecca, and visited China, Italy, Switzerland, France, England, Ireland; years earlier he had visited his grandmothers ancestral island of Monserrat in the Caribbean. David was a passionate New England Patriots fan, went to the Super Bowl once, came to love soccer and, in the summer of 2014, he fulfilled a lifelong dream of attending the World Cup in Brazil. A lover of films, David compiled a list of his 100 favorite movies of all time in his final weeks. He was predeceased by his mother, Dr. Anne Murray Bell. David leaves behind his wife, Rebecca Karl; his father, Fred C. Bell Jr.; his brother, Dr. Stephen Bell; and three sisters, Karen St. Vil, Sandra Bell Calhoune and Patricia Lemaine. He also leaves behind four brothers-in-law, Randolph Calhoune, Jerry St. Vil, John Ennis and Robert K. Massie; his mother-in-law, Dolores Karl; as well as two sisters-in-law, Judith Karl and Deborah Karl. David was a most loved uncle to a host of nieces and nephews.
Published by The Patriot Ledger on Apr. 27, 2016.