Frederick “Neil” Bell Jr., 85, of Westtown, Pennsylvania passed away Thursday April 1, 2021 at Chester County Hospital, West Chester, PA. He was the loving and devoted husband of the late Suanne Phillips Bell for 55 years.
Neil was born June 20, 1935 in Philadelphia, PA. He was the son of the late Frederick Neil Bell Sr. and Cornelia Van Alen Bell. Neil grew up in Swarthmore, PA, and was a 1953 graduate of Swarthmore High School. Neil also attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he majored in English.
Neil joined the US Navy in the late 1950’s, where he served his county aboard the USS Enterprise Aircraft Carrier. He then began a 34-year carreer with Philadelphia Electric Company as a Steam Fitter Foreman at various PECO plants in the Philadelphia area.
Neil was a long-time member of the Media Presbyterian Church in Media, PA. While at MPC, he faithfully served as a Deacon, Sound System Manager, and volunteer for Habitat for Humanity in Chester, PA. Neil enjoyed fishing, golf, gardening, reading, travel, and the Philadelphia Eagles and Phillies, but most of all his family.
Neil is survived by his daughter, Laurel “Laurie” Bell Davis, son-in-law Dwight Davis, granddaughters, Kylee and Maeve Davis, all of Wallingford, PA, as well as his sister-in-law Jacqueline Stine of Chester Springs, PA. Neil now joins his two older brothers, Dick (Dottie) and Bill (Kitty) Bell who passed away years ago. Neil was fortunate to be surrounded by a large extended family of nieces, nephews, and their children, most of whom reside in the Philadelphia area.
Neil was known as a quiet, thoughtful, and caring husband and father. He always had an opinion and delivered that opinion with a dry sense of humor. He was first and foremost a family man, dedicated to his late wife Suanne and his daughter, Laurie. Neil took great pride in watching his granddaughters grow up and attend college, where he praised their efforts in excelling in their studies and activities. He will be greatly missed by family and friends.
Relatives and friends are invited to his Visitation on Saturday, April 10, 2021 from 10:00 am to 10:45 am at the Media Presbyterian Church in Media, PA 19063; followed by his Memorial Service at 11:00 am. Live Streaming of his Memorial Service will be available here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=77MhiqalKwA
Interment will be private.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Alzheimers Association of Delaware Valley, 399 Market Street, Suite 102, Philadelphia, PA 19016 and/or the NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife, Wildlife Conservation Corps., 26 Rt. 173, Hampton, NJ 08827
Arrangements by DellaVecchia, Reilly, Smith & Boyd Funeral Home of West Chester, PA 610-696-1181. www.DellaFH.com.
Alzheimer's Association Delaware Valley Chapter
399 Market Street, Suite 102, Philadelphia PA 19106
NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife, Wildlife Conservation Corps
26 Rt. 173, Hampton NJ 08827