John "Jack" Bell

  • Born: September 4, 1929
  • Died: January 5, 2017
  • Location: Holyoke, Massachusetts

Barry J Farrell Funeral Home

2049 Northampton Street
Holyoke, MA 01040

Tel. (413) 536-3843

Tribute & Message From The Family


HOLYOKE: John Francis "Jack" Bell, 87, of Holyoke, died peacefully at home with his family by his side on Thursday, January 5, 2017. He was born in Holyoke, son of the late William and Bedelia (Reese) Bell, attended Holyoke Public Schools, and was a graduate of Holyoke High School, Class of 1948. He also graduated from the New England Institute of Anatomy in Boston. He was a United States Army Veteran of the Korean War, attaining the rank of Corporal, and received the Army of Occupation Medal in Germany. Jack worked as an Embalmer and Funeral Director for 35 years at the former John B. Shea Funeral Home in Holyoke, as well as several other area funeral homes. He was also employed at the Springfield Crematory. Besides his professional careers, he was also everyone's Handyman. John was a member of Archbishop Williams Assembly Council # 388 as a Fourth Degree Knight, and belonged to Knights of Columbus Council 90 in Holyoke. He served as Grand Knight for two terms, and at one time was the youngest member of the council at age 21. He volunteered at K of C Bingo at Council 90 for many years. Jack was a member of the National Funeral Directors Association, Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Assn., the Galaxy Council at Westover, and the former Springfield Falcons Hockey Booster Club. He was the #1 fan for Peoples Bank in the Tri-County Baseball League. Jack was a member of the Holyoke High School Reunion Committee for the Class of 1948, and served as its' treasurer. He had an amazing personality, and a great sense of humor, and will be missed by all who knew and loved him. The family wishes to thank the staffs at Bronson Rehab/Noble Hospital and Mont Marie Rehab for all they did for him, and Dr. Boyce who kept him healthy for many years. A special thanks to all our caring relatives and special friends and neighbors. He is survived by his loving wife, Lorraine (Gendreau) Bell, his daughters Karen Bell, Nancy and her husband Norman Roy and their children Christopher, Jennifer and Jessica; and son John and former wife Deborah, and their children Ashleigh, Courtney, and Keean and his fiancée Natasha Bleau and her daughter, Mirabella (Ella) and a great granddaughter, Julianna Bell; two sisters: Ruth Lynch of South Hadley and Mary Laprade of Auburn; sisters-in-law Nancy Bell of Holyoke and Jean Gendreau of Feeding Hills, and several nieces and nephews. Jack was predeceased by his sisters Dorothea Gervais, Lillian Horne, and Rose Harazmus; brothers William, James and Robert Bell; brothers-in-law William Gervais, James Horne, Francis "Frank" Harazmus, Joseph "Phillip" Gendreau and Robert Lynch. The funeral will be held Tuesday morning at 10:00 from the Barry J. Farrell Funeral Home, 2049 Northampton Street, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in Blessed Sacrament Church, 1945 Northampton Street, at 11:00 a.m. Burial will be in Saint Jerome Cemetery. Calling hours will be held Monday, January 9th from 2:00 to 4:00 and 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to Holyoke VNA & Hospice Life Care, 575 Beech Street, Holyoke MA 01040 or O'Connell Care at Home, One Federal Street, Building 103-1, Springfield, MA 01105.