Delbert R. Bell, 64, of McGraw, N.Y. passed away, Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2011, at Upstate Medical University Hospital. He was born on April 21, 1947, in Watertown, and was the son of the late Irving and Winifred Leeder Bell.
Delbert Served his country as a member of the Marine Corp completing a tour in Vietnam. He was a long time resident of McGraw. He retired from Buckbee Mears as the head of Quality Control. Delbert was an avid hunter and fisherman and was an active member of the McGraw Sportsman Club. Delbert truly embraced life and his greatest gift was his love for his family and friends.
Delbert is survived by his loving wife of 36 years, Terry (Healey) Bell, of McGraw; his son, Daron Bell of Manassas, VA; and his daughter Deirdre Bell of Boston, MA. He is also survived by two brothers, Herbert Bell of Kentucky and Fredrick Bell of Illinois; two sisters, Sandra (Robert) Brown of McGraw and Judith Coombs of Rochester as well as by numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
He was predeceased by his father Irving Bell; his mother Winifred Leeder Bell; and a brother, Ralph Bell.
Calling Hours will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at Wright-Beard Funeral Home, 9 Lincoln Ave, Cortland.
A memorial service to celebrate Delbert's wonderful life will be held 11 a.m. Saturday at Wright-Beard Funeral Home, 9 Lincoln Ave, Cortland.
Friends and family may celebrate Delbert's life immediately following the service at the St. Charles Hotel, 83 Central Ave, Cortland.
Donations in Delbert's name may be made to the Cortland Country SPCA, 879 McLean Road, Cortland, NY 13045.
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We are truely sadden by the loss of Del, he was a great man and a good friend that we met while working at BMC, he will be truely missed in the McGraw community. Our Prayers go out to the family.
Roger & Brenda Allen
I was very saddened to read of Delbert's passing. Having grown up only a few doors from Delbert, I have had the pleasure of knowing him for 58 years, and working with him at Buckbee-Mears for 15 years. He was strong family man, a very dependable man, a man fiercely loyal to his friends, and a person of great wit and humor. Less than an hour before learning of Delbert's passing I was telling one of his many funny stories. Delbert put a smile on the faces of those who knew him, and will continue to do so to those who remember him. He will be missed dearly, and I am proud to say I knew him. Carl Moses
My heart and prayers go out to Delberts family. He was a good man who loved his family very much! He wull be sadly missed by all who knew him. RIP Delbert
I've known Delbert since 1970, I've worked with him and most recently chatted with him at the gym every morning. He was a great man and I will miss him and his smiling face. Raymond C. DiIorio
So saddened to hear of Dels passing. To know Del was to love him as he knew how to put a smile on everyone's face, to make you feel welcome and to put you at ease. He is already very sorely missed. RIP. Larry & Barbara Preston
I'm so sorry to hear of Del's passing. I worked with Del and Terry at BMC. Always the one quick with the wit and just as quick to say a kind word, or just listen to you. Good man...he will be missed. My sincere condolences to Terry and family. Bless you all.
I was very sorry to hear about Delbert's passing. He was a great man and mentor. I worked with him at Buckbee Mears for several years and had nothing but respect for him. He always was there whether you did right or wrong coaching you to be better. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family at this difficult time. When I worked with him, he spoke often of his children and wanted to be sure they had all opportunities this life has to offer. He will surely be missed. Roger and Susan Soule
It really saddens me to lose another friend. I send my deepest condolences to the Bell family. I had worked with Delbert and Terry at BMC for many years. I am honored to have known him and his family, and I wish them the best. He touched the lives of so many people and he will always remember him as a fun and caring person..Love always, Michele Mix
Terri, working with you and delbert for 23 years at bmc left me with some of the greatest memories I will ever hold. Delbert was my boss for many years in production. I learned how to be the best I could be in the printer because of dell,s support and encouragement. Your children and ours grew up together under the watchful eye of del's sister Sandy. My oldest son Brian and your daughter Diedre continue to be very close and it has meant a lot to Ron and I that you have been there for him over holiday's that he couldn't be in FL. With us. Del could always make me laugh and after all who else but Del would give Ron and I a sympathy party when we got married? And are still married for 30 years later! Our hearts are with you and your family during this very difficult time. The memories will be with us forever. We love you all. Ron and Shelly Francis
Terry, I heard about Delbert's passing through the grapevine and I just wanted to express my condolences. I'm sorry for your loss. Barry