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May 9, 2019
Memorial Service: Friday, May 17th 10:30 a.m. at Kuhn Funeral Home, West Reading, Pennsylvania
Edward Frank Bell, 95, of Hopkinton, MA and formerly of Wyomissing, Pennsylvania, passed away unexpectedly but peacefully on Thursday, May 9, 2019. Born in Bronx, NY, he was the son of the late Maria (D’Andrea) and Michael A. Bell. He was the husband of the late Florence (Pantano) Bell.
A graduate of James Monroe High School in the Bronx, he joined the US Navy after Pearl Harbor, where he was a PT boat mechanic in the Pacific. Additionally, he served in the Korean War. Afterwards, he joined Crompton & Knowles, and after 40 years, retired in 1993. During that time, he was transferred to Reading, Pennsylvania in 1975, where he supervised the clothing dyes plant. Ed loved working on his house, with no task too difficult to complete himself. He could build or fix anything, and always had a house project he was working on. Being outside and working on his garden brought him great joy, and even into his 90’s he was taking care of his lawn and landscaping.
He was an avid cook, and insisted on teaching his grandchildren how to make pasta from scratch. He enjoyed watching classic films, but most importantly he excelled in building very complex model ships. He started with PT boats and through the years, moved to exquisitely detailed 18th century U.S Naval warships.
Ed always put his family first and cherished spending time with all his relatives. A loving father and grandfather, he was looking forward to being a great-grandfather this fall.
Ed is survived by his son, Mark Edward Bell and his wife, Gayle Gonthier-Bell of Hopkinton, and two grandchildren, Jeffrey M. Bell and Marissa G. Bell. He is predeceased by his daughter, Karen J. Bell, who passed in 2008.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, May 17th at 10:30am at Kuhn Funeral Home, 739 Penn Ave, West Reading, PA. Burial will take place at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville with military honors. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation, https://ocrahope.org/, in memory of his daughter Karen. Arrangements are under the care of the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton, www.ChesmoreFuneralHome.com