Bernard “Bernie” Bell jr., 60, of Williamstown, NY departed this world at 2:45 am on Saturday, March 4th at Crouse hospital in Syracuse, NY, with his daughter by his side. Bernie was described by many as “a man who would give you the shirt off his back even when he didn’t have a shirt.” Bernie was a graduate of Camden High School Class of 1981, he entered the Army in the same year, and was stationed in Hawaii and Korea. Bernie was a talented man who excelled in carpentry and artisan woodwork. Throughout his life he wore many hats-skating clown, carpenter, train conductor, truck driver, garbage man, father, grandfather, brother, and friend. He never failed to give whatever he had to help others. He loved to share a good story or joke. Bernie was known by many for his ability to find a four leaf clover anywhere he went, he enjoyed picking them and passing them out in hopes of brightening someone’s day. Bernie enjoyed hunting, fishing, and riding his motorcycles.
Bernie was preceded in death by his biological father Bernard Bell Sr, a brother Michael, and sisters Eva and Aretha. Bernie is survived by his
parents Ike and Nuretta Seymour of Camden, NY. Ex-wife Tracy Brown and children Melina Thompson and Nuretta Brown-Bell of Rantoul, Il. Granddaughter Vivienne, Grandson Saint, and expected any day arrival of a second grandson, Damico Bernard all of Rantoul, Il. Siblings Tim (Tina) Seymour, Tammy (Tracy) Seymour of Camden, NY, Kim Esten of Rochester, NY, Laura Bell of Virginia, Diane Bell of NY, Dorthy McClendon and Cynthia McClendon of Il. Nieces and nephews. Friends and acquaintances all over the country. His extended family includes the Bells of Camden, NY and the Wesseldines of Amboy, NY. Bernie’s final wishes will be honored-to be cremated and released “where the deer run”. A celebration of life and bike run will be held this summer in Camden, NY in his honor.
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