March 5, 1932 – April 1, 2020
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of a loving husband, caring father and proud grandfather, Mr. Ronald Alfred Bell: Born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan March 5, 1932 – April 1, 2020 Langley, British Columbia.
Our family: last names Bell, Hardwick & Kerr, along with countless friends and colleagues, have enjoyed many years of his generosity and altruism.
Loving husband of more than 53 years to Carol Bell; Caring father of Jeff, Julie, Brian & Brad; Proud Grandpa of Brandy, Sarah, Daniel, Tanya, Sharlee & Jesse and Great-Grandpa of Porter, Breanna, Hannah, Aiden & Saxony. Ron was a great provider, role model to his large family and always had time to lend a hand, share advice or even just listen when one of us needed his ear. He enjoyed an long, happy & joyful life of 88 years.
Ron worked for Sherwin Williams paint company, with the majority of his career, focusing in the automotive finishes sector. His time with Sherwin Williams began in New Westminister, BC in 1955. In 1965, he met Carol and they married in 1967. In 1977, they relocated to Toronto, Ontario so Ron could take over operations for Sherwin Williams Automotive there. Another move to Montreal, Quebec at head office in 1981. Ron travelled a great deal during his career and his attention to his clients was always top priority. He made a difference.
Ron also enjoyed exploring the world, usually on cruise ships with Carol. Some of the more memorable destinations were the Caribbean, the Mediterranean and the Middle East.
When Ron found any spare time outside of his work and family responsibilities, he found much enjoyment helping others, over many decades of volunteering with Lions Club International; Burlington Central Lions (Ontario, Canada), Langley Lions & Fort Langley Lions (British Columbia, Canada). His dedication was unwavering and he always spoke about how very rewarding it was for him. He worked very hard to provide those in need with the necessities they lacked; without exception.
Ron was well known for his many creative hours managing and mentoring others in the concepts of Lionism and how it ultimately creates a better world for not only the beneficiaries, but also for the members and volunteers who contribute their time and efforts.
Some of his well known projects included “Give the Gift of Sight”, Camp Dorset Dialysis Resort, weekly Classic Car Rallies, Lions Carnivals and his annual visits to the Langley Memorial Hospital’s Children’s Ward and Psychiatric Ward during Christmas time, when he got suited up in his own Santa Claus suit and surprised the patients with donated Teddy Bears and toys for the kids. He also headed a team of other Lions and family members, providing gift bags and treats, along with Carolers singing holiday tunes and bringing fun for the psychiatric residents; all who would otherwise not truly feel the heartwarming joy most of us take for granted during the holidays.
We were lucky to have Ron for so many years. He will be forever remembered by those who knew him, in the warm caring light which he provided in abundance.
We love you dearly and you will be forever missed, but always with us in our thoughts – thanks for all the fun, love and fond memories Ron.
You’re a hard act to follow Sir!
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