|Birth: ||Jan. 20, 1947|
|Death: ||Jul. 17, 2003|
Jim died peacefully sitting in his favorite chair, at his fortress of solitude; the lovely home he designed and built on Camano Island, How many people could be so lucky?
During his life, he learned to take each day and learn the most about himself, his family, friends and the world around him. From scuba diving to sailing; from discovering the backroads of America to participating in the STP; from panning for gold to living on a sail boat; from experiencing Australia with his fiancee Helene, this wonderful, bear-hug of a man never put off to tomorrow what he could experience today. But of all he accomplished, his pride and joy was the house he designed and help build….and the most beautiful park-like setting he and Helene created as they enjoyed the surrounding water of Camano Island and the Olympic Mountain view.
Born on January 20, 1947 in Seattle, WA to Joseph C. Bell, Sr. and Glenna Ramsey Bell, he graduated from Mountlake Terrace High School in 1965. He served four years in the Air Force as a Weather Observer in Southeast Asia. Jim recently retired from Boeing in 2002 after 23 years as an Electrical Engineer.
Jim is survived by his fiancee Helene Watkins of Camano Island; mother, Glenna Bell of Hickman, California; brothers Daniel Bell, Snohomish, WA and Joseph C. Bell, Jr., of Seattle, WA; sisters Carol Johnson, Lynnwood, WA and Marianne McKiernan of Hickman, CA and his lifelong friend, George Wickman, Camano Island, WA. Jim's father, Joseph C. Bell, Sr., died only nine days before Jim, on July 8, 2003.
A Celebration of Life for James Bell will begin at 1:00 pm on Wednesday, July 23rd, 2003 with a graveside service at Anderson Cemetery on Pioneer Highway in Stanwood, WA. Following the service, family and friends will continue to honor the life of this gentle and beautiful man at the home he loved so much at 296 Henning Drive, Camano Island, WA. At Jim's home, please park on the street below to allow parking for those who cannot climb the hill.
In lieu of flowers, you may make contributions to Nature Conservancy or your favorite charity. Viewing Tuesday, July 22, 2003, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Gilbertson Funeral Home Chapel.
Arrangements under the direction of Gilbertson Funeral Home, Stanwood, Washington.
Published in The Herald (Everett) on July 22, 2003
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Created by: Ms. Clyde
Record added: Jan 12, 2012
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