Hampden and Veazie - George "Will" Bell died May 20, 2012 after a long illness. Will was born on September 28, 1923 and was the son Villa (Bell) Hammond and George Bell.
Will was raised in Hampden and attended Hampden schools. He loved to tell stories of his adventures growing up near the Penobscot River and his many voyages as a young teenager with his friends in boats and on rafts.
Will served his country proudly during World War II as a member of the US Army's European forces. Like many of his fellow members of the "Greatest Generation" he rarely spoke of his experiences during those difficult times. He was a member of the Hampden VFW and wore his WWII Veteran hat proudly in public.
Will retired from the Bangor Housing Authority where we worked as an Electrician having previously worked for Dow Air Force Base for many years.
Will enjoyed his time in the outdoors. He loved to garden, snowmobile, fish, hunt, canoe and motor along Upper Lead Mountain Pond in his prized Jackson Boat. He spent many happy times at his camp on Upper Lead with family and friends. He enjoyed several trips to the Allagash to fish and dodge rain clouds. Will enjoyed time in his wood working shop working on his next project or creation to share with his family and friends.
Will also enjoyed the time he spent with his close friends and was the last survivor of the group of Ross Strang, Tex Strang, Dick Farrell, and Ted Farrell.
Will is survived by his wife of 61 years June (Getchell) Bell, his daughter Cheryl (Bell) Monroe and her husband Mike of Veazie, and his son Randy Bell of Aurora. Will had 5 Grandchildren; Melissa (Monroe) Stone and her husband Tom, Lyndsey (Monroe) Marston and her husband Curtis, Amanda Bell, Jared Bell, and Amber (Bell) Blockler and her husband Scott. Will also loved the time he spent teasing and playing with his new Great Grandson, Noah Stone. Will was predeceased by his brother Kenneth in 1958.
Family and friends may visit 5-7 P.M., Tuesday, May 22, 2012 at Hampden-Gilpatrick Funeral Home, 45 Western Avenue, Hampden where a funeral service will be held 10 A.M., Wednesday, May 23, 2012 with the Rev. Dr. Tracy Reeves officiating. Interment will military honors will be at the conclusion of the service at Locust Grove Cemetery, Hampden. Memorial gifts in George's honor may be made to the Whitcomb-Baker V.F.W. Post #4633, P.O. Box 555, Hampden, ME 04444-0555. Messages of condolence and memories may be shared through www.hampdengilparick.com.