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Albert James Bell, Sr.
04/25/1927 — 01/17/2005
From Kennewick, WA, US | Born in Toronto, Canada
Albert James Bell, Sr.
Albert James Bell Sr. passed away on January 17, 2005, at Deaconess Hospital in Spokane, Washington. Al was born on April 25, 1927, in Toronto, Canada to Albert Edward and Brigitte Elizabeth Bell. After living his youth in Toronto, he came to the United States to become a naturalized American citizen and join the United States Air Force. He married Constance Thalia Frash, a nurse from Arnold, Pennsylvania in 1951. Al was married to Connie for 35 years until she passed away in 1986. They moved to the Tri-Cities in 1968.
Al served in the U.S. Air Force for 20 years and retired as a Master Sergeant in 1966. He was stationed in Saudi Arabia, Germany, New York, Maryland, Bermuda, Florida and Colorado. After retiring from the Air Force, Al worked in Veteran's Administration hospitals in Denver, Walla Walla and Helena. From 1971 to 1988, he worked for government contractors at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation administering records and declassifying documents.
Al is preceded in death by his wife, Connie Bell and his grandson Lee Rose III. He is survived by his sister, Christina Hudak and husband, Michael living in Sarnia, Canada; his son, Albert J. Bell Jr. and wife, Debra, living in Spokane, Washington; daughters, Fran Rose living in Prosser, Washington; and Claudia Bell and husband, Gerry Gibson, living in Spokane. Al had 11 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.
Al loved his children and grandchildren. He knew what young children enjoyed, and he enjoyed doing it with them. He also volunteered many hours helping military veterans in the area obtain their benefits.
Funeral services will be held at Einans Funeral Home in Richland, Washington on January 22, 2005, at 11:00 a.m. with graveside services to follow in Sunset Memorial Gardens.
Fran I want you to know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Sincerely, Bishop Wilson
I just learned of your father’s passing. I wish I would’ve known sooner as I would have attended the memorial service. It would have been great to see you again – altho not the best of circumstances. I lost my mother in 2003….I know all too well how difficult it is to lose a parent, as you already knew with the passing of your own mother. Please know that my thoughts are with you during this time.
I just learned of Al’s passing. He was a good Friend to many folks and to me and my Family. I had fine times with Al & Connie. Am sorry that we lost contact over the past years. Condolences to the Family. You have a mighty fine tradition to carry on.