Born: December 28, 1936
Died: November 29, 2010
Robert J. Bell, 73, died Monday, November 29, 2010 at the Oakdale Skilled Nursing Center in West Boylston. He fought a courageous battle with PSP/Parkinson's Disease and he died with his loving family by his side.
He leaves his wife of 51 years, Patricia E. (Hughes) Bell; two sons: Robert J. Bell, Jr., and his wife, Kelly of Leominster, and James M. Bell and his wife, Laura, of Sterling; three daughters: Mary E. Bell, and Katy B. Downing and her husband, Curtis, all of Clinton, and Maureen B. Cannon and her husband, John, of Lancaster; six sisters: Sally Bell of Worcester, Delores Gain of Millbury, Lorraine Mooney of MN, Sheila Williams of NC, Ann Arruda of RI, and Geraldine Martins of New Bedford; twelve grandchildren: Jessica & Amanda Rebokis, Kristin, Brendan & Patrick Bell, Zachary, Robert & Samantha Downing, Stephanie, Heather & Jacqueline Cannon, and Tyler Bell; one great-grandson, Connor Robert Windward; nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his adoptive brother, John “Spot” King.
Robert was born in Fall River, the son of Rita Bell, and was raised in Clinton by his adoptive mother, Mrs. Delia King. He was a graduate of Clinton High School, attended Quinsigamond Community College, and was a veteran of the US Military, serving with the Marine Corps during the Korean War.
For 38 years, Robert worked as an Electric Station Operator for the MWRA at their Cosgrove Power Plant, retiring in 1999. Previously, he worked for 10 years at the former Suprenant Co., of Clinton.
A member of St. John the Evangelist Church, Robert also belonged to the Clinton Lodge of Elks and the Knights of Columbus. He enjoyed walking, and was known for his frequent strolls around town. He was also involved for many years in local politics. More than anything, he enjoyed spending time in the company of his loving wife, children, and grandchildren
The family would like to thank the staff at Oakdale for their outstanding, compassionate care.
Robert’s funeral will be held on Friday, December 3, 2010 from the McNally & Watson Funeral Home, 304 Church St., Clinton, with a Mass at 10:00 a.m. in St. John the Evangelist Church, 80 Union St. Burial will follow in St. John’s Cemetery, Lancaster. Relatives and friends are invited to attend calling hours at the funeral home on Thursday, December 2, 2010, from 3:00 – 7:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Robert to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 60 Walnut St., Wellesley Hills, MA 02481 or to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, 149 Chestnut St., Clinton, MA 01510.