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Robert F. Bell

Posted By DeBord-Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory On August 29, 2012 @ 9:11 pm In Obituaries | 21 Comments

Robert F. Bell, Lancaster, PA

Robert F. Bell, 74, of Lancaster, PA went to be with the Lord on August 26, 2012.  Born in Trenton, NJ, he was the son of the late Marvin and Edna Bell.  He was the loving and faithful husband of Jean Susanne Bell.

A graduate of Trenton State College, NJ, he received his Master’s in Education Administration from the University of Vermont and Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Education Administration from Castleton State College, VT.  He also served in the United States Air Force in Europe in the early 1960s.

He spent 20 years as principal of Rutland Town Elementary School, in Rutland, VT and raised his family in the Green Mountains.  Much time was spent at hockey rinks, on ski slopes and at campgrounds throughout New England.  Later, he became Superintendent of the Epping, Chester and Fremont School District in southern New Hampshire.  He completed his professional career as Director of the Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts Program.

A history buff, lifelong baseball fan and avid beach-walker, one of Bob’s greatest pleasures was spending time with his loving family.  He also loved to study God’s Word and served as an Elder at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Lancaster.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his four sons, Thomas, husband of Jennifer Bell and their children Hannah and Caroline of Arlington, VA; Matthew, husband of Kristin Bell and their children Luke and James of Signal Mountain, TN; Daniel Bell of Lancaster, PA; and Gregory, husband of Amy Bell and their children, Samuel and Ethan of Yorktown, VA; and a brother, Jack, husband of Cathy Bell of Hamilton, NJ.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a worship service at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2151 Oregon Pike, Lancaster, PA 17601 on Saturday, September 1st at 11:00 A.M.  with the Rev.  Dr. Michael A. Rogers officiating.  Friends may call at the church from 10:00 A.M. until the time of service.  Interment will be in the adjoining church cemetery.

Condolences for the family of “Robert F. Bell”

Condolence from Lenny and Lori Jackson on August 30th, 2012 12:51 pm

Dear Sue and family, We are so sorry and deeply saddened over Bob’s passing. May the Lord of all comfort be with each of you. Bob was a wonderful man who loved his Lord and his family. He was a man of strong faith and character, so evident to us when we first met him. We are so thankful that our daughter, Amy, was blessed to have him as her father-in-law. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

In Christ’s Love~
Lenny and Lori Jackson

Condolence from Karen Prescott on August 30th, 2012 7:58 pm

I was very sad to hear of “Mr. Bell’s” passing. I worked with him at RTES starting in 1984 until he left. Both my children also went to the school during his tenure. My sincere condolences to his wife and family. Please know that Rutland Town remembers… Karen Prescott

Condolence from Chris Rhodes on August 31st, 2012 7:00 am

My condolences to Mr. Bell’s wife and family. I went to RTES from 1970-1979 (yes, kindergarten through 8th grade!) and he was the only principal I ever knew there. He was a good man and I always liked him a great deal. H ewill be remembered fondly.

Condolence from Bob and Jane Pawling on August 31st, 2012 4:18 pm

Dearest Sue and Family,
How saddened we were to hear about your wonderful Bob. Although we have not been in contact since our children were small, you are in our thoughts as we cycle past your old house in Middletown Springs (it looks great). Be strong and take care.

Condolence from Carolyn and Ted Shattuck on September 1st, 2012 8:23 am

Our condolences to Sue and her family. We knew Bob
as our principal and friend in Rutland. We spent many hours standing side by side cheering on our sons in hockey. We are grateful to have so many memories.

Condolence from Marie Durfee on September 1st, 2012 3:14 pm

Please know that my family and I send our thoughts of love and remembrance to you Sue, and all of your family. We remember Bob as principal in “the best of times” at Rutland Town School. He was a fine man with a ready smile.
Our love,
Jim and Marie Durfee and families

Condolence from Cathy Zylinski on September 2nd, 2012 6:51 am

Bob will be remembered in NH as a Superindendent who valued & understood the need for early education and staff professional development. His dedication to the education of children and the love of family & god was evident in all that he did.

Condolence from Nancy and Rob Zins on September 2nd, 2012 1:55 pm

We love Bob, Sue, and the boys, and are saddened at the “untimely” homegoing of Bob. He was our friend, fellow elder at Reformed Bible Church, principal to our 3 children,and lastly, our landlord as we were blessed to live in his beautiful home in Proctor for 4 years. He was a godly man in every respect, a loving husband, a taerrific father, excellent elder, and a treasured friend.

Condolence from John and Carol Kenney on September 2nd, 2012 7:33 pm

Our hearts and prayers are with the family. Bob was a wonderful father, a loving husband and a gifted , caring educator. One of the truly good guys.

May comfort and blessing be with his loved ones.

Condolence from Mark Vallone on September 3rd, 2012 4:05 pm

WE have a lot of great memories of Bob when he served as superintendent of SAU 14. He will be missed by all of us who knew him. May he rest in peace.

Mark Vallone
Epping Elementary School
Epping, NH

Condolence from Tom Winters on September 3rd, 2012 5:51 pm

Dear Mrs. Bell and family. I have been away and learned of Bob’s death in the newspaper and was unable to attend the service at Westminster. I cherish my memory of Bob at session meetings, during communion services and in our discussions of public education. His calm presence was a tribute to a spiritual man at peace with his Lord. He is with him now and the joys of his salvation are fulfilled. May God comfort you in your sorrow.

Condolence from Jeff and Sue Colomb on September 3rd, 2012 6:14 pm

Our condolances go out to the family of Bob Bell. Bob hired me as the head custodian at RTS in 1987. The following year he encouraged me to become a RTS bus driver as well as head custodian, positions that I still hold today! I will always remember Bob as being a very fair and hard working Principal. His smile will remain in our memories. With sympathy, Jeff and Sue Colomb Rutland Town,VT

Condolence from David Harper on September 3rd, 2012 6:43 pm

God’s blessings to you at this time of Bob’s death. We had been close friends with him during our high school years, playing basketball for Broad Street Methodist Church. Bob’s dad and mom were good friends of my parents, Jim and Myrtle Harper. I take delight in reading about the way in which he fulfilled God’s plan for his life. Our prayers are with your entire family. Pastor in Charge of Pastoral Care and Psychotherapy at Nichols United Methodist Church in Trumbull, Conn.

Condolence from Paula Kearney on September 4th, 2012 8:16 am

Dear Sue & Boys:
Please accept our deepest condolences for your loss. I remember the wonderful times our children had while you lived in Proctor. I was very fortunate to have worked under Bob @ RTES. May your beautiful memories sustain you during this difficult time.
Dan & Paula Kearney

Condolence from Bev Browwe on September 4th, 2012 8:37 am

Dear Sue and Family,

My thoughts and prayers are with you during this very difficult time. May you find the strength to deal with the many demands made upon you.

I worked at the Rutland Town School for many years under Bob. He was such a gifted teacher and administrator. He was always supportive of us in our lives as teachers and outside of the classroom as well. Seldom does one work for someone who is a friend as well as “boss”. We were so very fortunate. When Bob left we all found an enormous hole in our lives.

I know Bob loved his family dearly and your support and love was often spoken of in Bob’s conversations. He was very proud of you all. We would all delight as he shared an experience with us about the family.

Thank you for sharing this wonderful man with us for so many years.

With deep caring, Bev

Condolence from Bruce Christie on September 4th, 2012 1:42 pm

My sympathy to Bob’s family. I am employed in the Epping Schhol District and worked closely with him during his time here. He was a great asset to the Epping educational community.

Condolence from Diane Anderson Auger on September 4th, 2012 2:09 pm

Dear Sue and Family,

Very sorry to hear about Bob’s passing. I have very, very fond memories of babysitting your four boys and living next door in Proctor. You all had a wonderful family. May your memories warm your hearts always. With love and sympathy.

Diane Anderson Auger

Condolence from Mark Candon on September 5th, 2012 4:30 pm

Dear Mrs. Bell and family,

Mr. Bell was our junior high history teacher and a good neighbor in Proctor, and he rented our camp in New Hampshire one summer when he relocated over 20 years ago. Where do the years go?
He was an excellent educator and he lived an exemplary life.

Condolence from Dawn Doherty on September 7th, 2012 8:12 pm

Dear Sue,
I was saddened to hear of Bob’s homegoing, as I know it is a deep loss for you. However I rejoice that he is with the Savior in a much better place. I think of you and your family often these days, since RBC is working on a history of the church, and you were an integral part of its beginning. Please give my love to the boys and their families. I would love to hear from you sometime. You remain in my prayers. Love your friend in Christ, Dawn

Condolence from Pam & Barry Cupoli on September 16th, 2012 8:13 pm

Dear Sue & Boys,
Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this most difficult time. We are so saddened with the news of Bob’s passing. I will never foget the fun times we had together with the boys during the early days @Proctor Elementary School.
Our deepest sympathy,
xo Pam & Barry Cupoli

Condolence from Ted Comstock on October 18th, 2012 8:54 am

Please accept my condolences for your loss. I had the great privilege of knowing Bob very well, through my work with him as legal counsel to the districts he led in NH. At first, Bob was a valued client. But, he quickly became more- a trusted friend and confidant. In my humble opinion, Bob was one of the best superintendents in NH. His expertise, calm and professional manner, and his unique ability to connect with people at all levels and in all ways, truly set Bob apart. We in NH were truly blessed to have a nan of such character in our midst.

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