Edward ‘Ted’ Bell

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Edward Joseph (Ted) Bell
20 November 1938 – 8 December 2023

With much sadness, we announce that Ted, the son of the late Cecile (Desaulnier) and Wilfred Bell, has passed away at Riverview Gardens in Chatham, Ontario. Ted was the dear husband of Susan Shriver, father of Ken (late Terri) and their son Michael, stepfather of Noelle (Alan) Shriver and their children Julia, Madeline, Robert and families, and he was a brother of Jim, Donna, Bernadette, Ruthanne, Fred, Bill and predeceased by Lorraine and Roseanne. Ted also leaves behind his in-laws, many nieces and nephews, cousins and friends. Ted has lived a long journey with dementia since his stroke in 2017. Much help has been given by Chatham-Kent Health Alliance (third floor), Eden Villa, Village On The Ridge and Riverview Gardens. Ted was an adventurer throughout his life and, when still able in these last years, had many happy adventures with brother Fred, son Ken, Susan and others. He greatly enjoyed his time spent at the Alzheimer’s Society Day Program. Ted always enjoyed working and worked at many different jobs during his lifetime including helping on relatives’ farms, driving a taxi, running a water treatment plant, owning a small farm, then owning a restaurant. His main work was as a contractor, building and renovating and always helping out friends and family with emergencies. Ted enjoyed woodworking his whole life and built some of his own furniture. Ted’s past-times were varied and numerous, but his favourite was flying. He was a licensed pilot and had built two ultralight airplanes. Ted also practiced martial arts, Aikido in particular, loved motorcycles, water sports and was a scuba diving instructor and was learning to curl in the years before his stroke. In quiet moments, Ted enjoyed reading, his cat Maggie by his side, and was a life-long learner. Ted travelled whenever possible: extended trips living off the land/sea in the Northwest Territories and Mexico, all over Canada, with special times spent on the Bruce Peninsula with Ken and family, and in the Sudbury region with Susan, Noelle and family, and throughout the United States, always enjoying time with his sister Bernadette and family in New Mexico. There were adventures in China and Iceland with Blenheim friends, Brazil, France, the Caribbean, and several long-stays in Portugal with Susan. Ted was also committed to volunteer work and was a Mason and a Shriner and he donated blood over one hundred times. Ted was a generous and honourable man, multi-talented, cheerful and fun, and a loyal friend. Please think of Ted when helping others and when having an adventure.
There will be an interment of Ted’s ashes at Evergreen Cemetery on Saturday June 15, 2024 at 2:00pm followed by a celebration of his life at the funeral home with words of remembrance at 3:00pm.
Donations made to the Alzheimer’s Society of Chatham-Kent would be appreciated.
On-line condolences may be left at www.blenheimcommunityfuneralhome.com

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I got to know Ted through Masons and Shriners. He was a shining example of a good Mason and we had a lot of fun raising funds for the Shriner's hospitals for kids. He was a mentor to me in several ways that will stay with me forever. We are richer for having had him in our lives . We cherish his memory in our hearts.

We would like to express our deepest condolences to Ted's family on his passing. Ted was an inspiration to all of us who knew him in our aviation Kent Flying Machines group. He certainly will be missed.

My thoughts and prayers are with you Susan and Ken. It was a pleasure to know Ted a very special person.

Dear Susan and family, we send our sincere condolences for your loss. Ted was a great man and we were privileged to know him and call him friend.

I am deeply saddened by the passing of my brother Ted. He made this world a better place. He will never be forgotten because I carry part of his light within me. 🙏 ❤️

Ted was a man of many talents and always willing to help friends in need I recall many times he helped me with repairs I remember a beautiful smile that lit up his face! May he rest in peace and live on in our memories Linda

Our sincere condolences to you Susan and to Ken and all of Ted's family. Life at the coffee shop and hunting in the Bruce are a couple of Don's favourite times with Ted. Lots of good memories. Don and Anne

I am so glad that Aunt Susan brought Ted into our lives. He was such a kind, funny, fun person. I always enjoyed our visits to the farm where we would eat, drink, and laugh with the family and the cats. Ted was so talented with building everything including airplanes. It was super interesting to take a tour of his workshop. He is loved and missed.

I was very sad to learn of Ted's passing. He was such a positive and truly inspirational individual. He loved to help others and share his skills. I enjoyed listening to his stories and talking with him about adventures. He lived his life well, with joy, love, kindness and passion. My sincere condolences to Sue, the Bell family and all who loved him. Lindsay

So sorry for your loss.Remembering the many curling games.Rest in Peace Ted

Dear Susan and family Sorry to hear about Ted’s passing❤️ He was a great friend to Bus. Sending sincere sympathy to you all , Ted will be remembered for his kind heart and helping hands ! Hold your memories close at this time .

I would like to offer my sincerest condolences to the Susan, Noele and the Bell family.

Sincerest condolences from Ted’s former neighbours, the Burks. He was a kind and generous man.

Susan and families... We are so sorry to hear of Ted"s passing. He was a great person and a wonderful friend. We often spoke of Ken the last six years. He helped us with changing a room in our home .Don and Ted could talk airplanes for a long time. Blessings Susan to you and your family Don and Anne Gammage