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Born: Jun 10, 1952

Date of Passing: Apr 10, 2018

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DENNIS GORDON BELL June 10, 1952 - April 10, 2018 Our hearts are broken, there are no words to describe the grief we are all suffering to say goodbye to this amazing man. After a hard and courageous battle with cancer for the last five years, God has called him home never to suffer pain again. Left to deeply miss him is his wife, Marleen, of 44 years, and his son Paul William (Veronica). Brother Bill will miss him immensely, as well as numerous relatives, and the many friends Dennis loved and was supported by throughout his life, and through his health struggles. Dennis was predeceased by his parents, Nada and William Bell, who are holding him in their arms once again. Dennis had a wonderful, meaningful 25-year career with the Winnipeg Police Service, badge number 763. He was assigned to various sections but the most memorable were the 15 years he spent in the Forensics Unit (Identification Section). There he worked hard, helped solve many crimes, and made lasting lifetime friendships. After retiring from the police service he drove a school bus for the River East School Division, and lastly started his own business, Flanders Cookie Company Inc., developing a cookie called a Belgian sugar waffle that many still talk about today. Dennis fulfilled his dream of having his own business and due to Marleen's Belgian heritage, developed a Belgian tradition for everyone to enjoy. He always joked that he was Flemish also because he so loved going to Belgium and loved the family there so much! Dennis was love, compassion, strength, kindness, had a smile for everyone, full of love for the more unfortunate, proof being his passion to work with Free the Children and We Day every year in Winnipeg to help make the lives of others better. Because of his desire to help others, he made a lot of new friends along the way. As per Dennis' wishes, cremation has taken place, and a private memorial mass will be held at a later date. Please feel free to share your memories and stories of Dennis at In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to We Charity.Org or to the Interlake-Eastern Palliative Care Program

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Apr 14, 2018

Condolences & Memories (23 entries)

  • I am completely saddened by this news. He was an inspiration and exuded nothing but kindness. Sending all my love to Marlene and the Bell family. He is missed. - Posted by: Faith (Friend) on: Nov 15, 2018

  • I my contacts with Dennis, I found him to be a kind thoughtful person. Have not seen Dennis for a few years but last time he was with his son and Scout troop at KP and he was proud of his son. Dennis was a kind, gentle person - may he rest in peace and deep condolences to his family. - Posted by: Blake Dunn (Co Worker) on: Jul 09, 2018

  • Friends from Winnipeg, now living in Australia. I was the doctor instrumental in Dennis and Marleen getting their son Paul, My husband John worked with Dennis. We recently saw an article regarding an antique car given to Dennis. Our thoughts are with the family. RIP - Posted by: Heather and John Parker (friend) on: May 15, 2018

  • I grew up with Dennis Bell. just living four houses down the street. I still remember going to Isaac Newtown school grade 7 to 9 with him. We had numerous lunches during that time at each others house. I knew him later in life as both our fathers served in the battle of Hong Kong. He will be missed - Posted by: jeffrey nobiss (friend & neighbour) on: May 04, 2018

  • What a great guy. I still tell the story of Dennis and Marlene’s wedding; I’ll never forget it. So very sorry for your loss, Marleen and Paul. - Posted by: Dave Heywood (Family ) on: Apr 30, 2018

  • Dear Marleen and Paul Was so sorry to hear about Dennis. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Dennis will be missed. - Posted by: Alberta Cayer (Friend) on: Apr 28, 2018

  • Dear Marlene and Paul, So sorry to hear about Dennis's passing. He was always so friendly and we could always tell how much he loved you and his life. We know he will be greatly missed by everyone who had the pleasure of knowing him. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers at this very sad time. Sandra and Sonny Smerek - Posted by: Sandra and sonny (Old neighbour and friends) on: Apr 26, 2018

  • Our sincere condolences to Marleen and family. - Posted by: Paul & Marleen Van Acker (acquaintances) on: Apr 18, 2018

  • The sad news that you have passed away has reached our ears. Although we were never lucky enough to have met you in person, we feel as though we have known you forever. You were like family to us and we always loved to know what you and your family were up to. Providing so much information about your father and my great-uncles during WWII helped me to finish my Radio Play in their honor, which I hope to stage sometime this year. It will be in your name along with your father, and Dennis and Norman Matthews. You had a true legion of people who knew and loved you, which speaks to the person you were and will remain in their memories forever. Rest in peace, Dennis. Our hearts and thoughts go out to your family and friends. Love Michelle LaHaise & Ryan Czarnecki (Great-niece to Denny and Norman Matthews). xoxoxo - Posted by: Michelle LaHaise & Ryan Czarnecki (Like Family) on: Apr 17, 2018

  • Deepest sympathies to Marleen and family . I had the privilege of meeting Dennis a few times at coffee shops and car shows. His brother Bill and I were brothers in laws. Dennis always spoke highly of all his family. He served in many ways in life, all a tribute to him. He will be sadly missed by many. I am sure there was rejoicing when he met with his parents and many he remembered who went before him. Gods peace and understanding to those left behind. From Larry and all the Linklater family. - Posted by: Larry Linklater (Knew Dennis through marriage.) on: Apr 16, 2018

  • Our sympathy to Marleen and family on the loss of your husband and father. We remember Dennis with fondness and wish you all peace during this difficult time... Rudi and Bev - Posted by: Rudi and Bev Matthys and Family (cousin) on: Apr 15, 2018

  • So sorry for your loss and for anyone who will miss Dennis dearly. Glad to have spent time with you both when camping and at music concerts. We are back in Manitoba now. I am only a phone call away. - Posted by: Rome & Margie Pantel (Friend forever) on: Apr 15, 2018

  • I always knew Dennis to be a very friendly and compassionate man both on and off the job. He was willing to help at any time. He will truly be missed. My deepest condolences to Marleen and the family. - Posted by: Mike Mayer (Friend/Comrade) on: Apr 15, 2018

  • As expected from knowing him as a young and brilliant forensic investigator and learning the details of his life over the decades since that time, my memory of Dennis will always be that of utter respect. - Posted by: R. G. (Dick) Hickling (Colleague / Friend) on: Apr 14, 2018

  • Worked with DENNIS and brother Bill. My condolences to the family. GOD BLESS. - Posted by: Michael Altham (Co worker ) on: Apr 14, 2018

  • Dennis Bell was a remarkable man. His father was one of the Winnipeg Grenadiers whose life was saved when Sgt. John Osborn (post-humus V.C.) threw himself on top of a grenade to protect his men during the battle of Hong Kong. Years later Dennis met the son of John Osborn. Dennis told me this remarkable story when I interviewed him for my film about the Winnipeg Grenadiers. It is not surprising that Dennis was appreciated for his courage, integrity, kindness and spirit--his father's life was spared for a reason. Dennis was that reason. “His life was gentle; and the elements So mixed in him, that Nature might stand up And say to all the world, THIS WAS A MAN!” ---William Shakespeare (Julius Caesar) - Posted by: Jon Ted Wynne (friend) on: Apr 14, 2018

  • I am truly very sorry to hear of Dennis' passing. I worked with Marlene many years ago when we were both at the Attorney General's office. Me, as a young inexperienced prosecutor and her as the very experienced and capable secretary who taught 3 of us everything. When Dennis would come to the office I often had a conversation with him about work or our personal lives. Dennis was always upbeat, laughing and a thoughtful man with a positive look on life. Marlene talked glowingly of him all the time. I also got to know and work with Dennis in our professional capacities. There too he always had a positive attitude, even given the type of work we did, which at times was quite dark. On the cases he and I worked on he was the consummate professional. I came to have the highest of regard for him. My heartfelt condolences to Marlene and Paul for your loss. Clyde Bond - Posted by: Clyde Bond (Former Co-worker of Marlene ) on: Apr 14, 2018

  • Marleen, I am so sorry to hear that Dennis passed away. He was always such a gentleman and a great person to work with. I talked with him at Harve's Celebration of Life and I thought that he looked very healthy considering his health issues-he put up a good fight. He will be remembered fondly. My thoughts and prayers are with you and yours. - Posted by: Betty Ostash (co-worker) on: Apr 14, 2018

  • Marlene and family - We are so saddened to hear of Dennis's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this very difficult time. Glenn and Melodie Bradley - Posted by: Glenn and Melodie Bradley (Family friends) on: Apr 14, 2018

  • So sorry to hear of your loss, Marlene and family. Our sincere condolences. - Posted by: Harry and Deb Isfeld (acquaintance) on: Apr 14, 2018

  • Our heartfelt sympathy to Marleen, Paul & all the family in the loss of such a kind soul. We hope your memories of Dennis will be a source of comfort to you & know we're praying for peace for you. - Posted by: Marcel & Diana Fraser (Friends) on: Apr 14, 2018

  • My deepest condolences to Marleen and familý. Dennis was a great mentor, a true professional and an absolute pleasure to work with. Rest in peace. - Posted by: Rick Beazley (Colleague at Winnipeg Police Service Ident Unit) on: Apr 14, 2018

  • Dear Marlene, Paul, Veronica, and Family. Our thoughts and Prayers are with All of You, as we have learned the recent passing of your beloved husband, and father; Denis. My you find comfort with each other, and gratefulness for the tears that fall, as you remember the times and love that you shared. God Bless, and many Hugs. - Posted by: George Peterson and Family (Friend) on: Apr 14, 2018

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