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“Mr. Bell was a kind and giving person. Many a time years ago we called on him to do house repairs only to be asked for a bowl of Friendly's coffee...Read More »
1 of 27 | Posted by: A friend

“Lorraine & Family, Joe and I were very saddened to read of Jack's passing. He was a wonderful guy and will be missed. Please accept our deepest...Read More »
2 of 27 | Posted by: CATHY & JOE LAROSE - Harwich, MA

“Lorraine and family, so sorry for your loss. Jack was a great man and will be missed by all who knew him. ”
3 of 27 | Posted by: Sue and David Doyle - Springfield, MA

“Lorraine, Karen and Family:Our memories take us back to our backyard parties, St. Patty's Day, Hockey and get togethers afterwards. We remember his...Read More »
4 of 27 | Posted by: Al and Sally Lawrence - Holyoke, MA

“Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. May you find comfort in the joy that your father gave to others. ”
5 of 27 | Posted by: Henry Biela Jr - Denver, CO

“We as a family, extend our deepest sympathies to the Bell family for your loss.The "Bells" will always occupy a special place in our hearts.Jack,...Read More »
6 of 27 | Posted by: Jack Brida - Southampton, MA

“Lorraine and family our deepest sympathy to you all. Jack was a great man and will be greatly missed all of the people he came into contact with. he...Read More »
7 of 27 | Posted by: Les Kimball - Ludlow, MA

“Mrs Bell and family we are so sorry for your loss. We will always remember Mr.Bell is a very happy man. We are honored that we could have known him...Read More »
8 of 27 | Posted by: Michelle Barrett - Clarksville, TN

“Nancy - Your Dad was a gift to all who met him. You and your family had the had the special gift of a lifetime with him. I will always remember his...Read More »
9 of 27 | Posted by: Cell and Brian Dutton and Family - MA

“My thoughts and prayers are with you and your children, Gail & Bob Cote ”
10 of 27 | Posted by: A friend

“I am so sorry for your loss.My thoughts and prayers are with your family. Remembering all the good times growing up near you.Love Ann(Biela)Horn ”
11 of 27 | Posted by: A friend

“Karen so sorry for your loss I remember your dad well from growing up in Elmwood he was a great guy. ”
12 of 27 | Posted by: Cheryl (Novak) Kelly

“Lorraine: I am sorry for your loss. Jack and I worked together at the K of C Dr Curran Fund, giving Christmas presents to local schools. He was the...Read More »
13 of 27 | Posted by: A friend

“I miss you so much already. I will always miss your laugh, your voice, your humor, your love for Julianna and watching you both do your "secret...Read More »
14 of 27 | Posted by: Ashleigh and Julianna Bell - MA

“So sorry to hear about Uncle Jackie. We was always so much fun. He's up there raising hell with all family & friends who have gone before him!! ”
15 of 27 | Posted by: Lu Ann Gervais-Mazurowski - MA

“Just the nicest guy you would ever want to meet. He will be missed by all who knew him , and that is a lot of people. ”
16 of 27 | Posted by: Larry McAndrew - Westfield, MA

“Jack and I spent many a Thursday Nite working Bingo at the Knights.We shared a lot of Laughs. RIP Jack. ”
17 of 27 | Posted by: Bob Hurley - Deerfield Beach, FL

“So sorry for your loss he was an amazing man. Always enjoyed seeing him at barry farrells always smiling and friendly he will be missed by all that...Read More »
18 of 27 | Posted by: Inez r

“My deepest sympathy. Jack had a great sense of humor. I'm sure he will be greatly missed. Stay strong Mrs Bell. ”
19 of 27 | Posted by: Kaylienne Lettein - South Hadley, MA

“Mrs Bell, so sorry for your loss. ”
20 of 27 | Posted by: Stephen Biela - Virginia Beach, VA

“My deepest sympathy. Jack had a great sense of humor. I'm sure he will be greatly missed. Stay strong Mrs Bell. ”
21 of 27 | Posted by: Kaylienne Lettein - South Hadley, MA

“I am so sorry for your loss,Jack was the nicest kind man,loved when he was at bingo Thursday nights,Lorraine he will be your angel.rest in peace Jack...Read More »
22 of 27 | Posted by: Donna Santaniello - MA

“Lorraine Frank & I are so sorry for your loss. We loved talking and laughing with Jack. He always made us laugh and smile. Our love to you and your...Read More »
23 of 27 | Posted by: A friend

“Lorraine Frank & I are so very sorry for your loss. We always enjoyed talking to him and I especially enjoyed joking with him. He was a wonderful...Read More »
24 of 27 | Posted by: A friend

“Dear Lorraine and family, I am so very sorry for your loss. We will all miss our Uncle Jack as we affectionately called him. He was a wonderful...Read More »
25 of 27 | Posted by: Betsy Bender - Chicopee, MA

“So sorry for your loss John was a wonderful person. I had lots of fun with John and you when I was involved in hockey! My prayers are with you! ”
26 of 27 | Posted by: Penny Moreau - Easthampton, MA

“Lorraine I am so sorry for your loss. Jack will be deeply missed. He was an amazing person. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. ”
27 of 27 | Posted by: Brenda Fisher - W.Spfld., MA


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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.