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DR. ALFRED CLEMENT BELL

Date of Passing: Jul 31, 2019

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DR. ALFRED CLEMENT BELL
(D.Min.)
1936 - 2019

Peacefully and surrounded by love, Alfred passed away on Wednesday, July 31, 2019 at the Convalescent Home of Winnipeg. He was 83 years old.
He was predeceased by his father George, his mother Dorothy; his siblings, Jack, Edith, Agnes, Dorothy, Betty Mae and Robbie; his brothers and his sisters-in-law, Gwen, John, Rein, Gwen and Doug; his nephew Robert and his great-grandson Stephen.
He will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by his wife Marie of 61 years; his siblings, George (Maureen), Steve (Blanche) and Grace; his children, Faith (Randall), Steve (Nanci), Dorothy (Vince); and his grandchildren, Amy (Steve), Andrew (Melissa), Becca (Andrew), Sarah (Steve), Jesse (Lauren), Micah (Diana), Kendara, Aleah, Gabrielle and Joe. He was also the proud great-grandfather of 11 children, Jenna, Jordan, Luca, Pax, Nora, Pacific, Kiernan, Charlie, Judah, Ezra and Asher.
As a Baptist pastor, longtime prison chaplain, teacher, conference speaker and thoughtful pastoral guide, he touched many lives. We will miss him deeply.
A celebration of his life will take place on Thursday, August 8, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at Whyte Ridge Baptist Church, 2405 McGillivray Ave., Winnipeg.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Camps with Meaning through Mennonite Church Manitoba.


Publish Date: Aug 7, 2019

DR. ALFRED CLEMENT BELL
(D.Min.)
1936 - 2019

Peacefully and surrounded by love, Alfred passed away on Wednesday, July 31, 2019 at the Convalescent Home of Winnipeg. He was 83 years old.
He was predeceased by his father George, his mother Dorothy, his siblings, Jack, Edith, Agnes, Dorothy, Betty Mae, Robbie and his great-grandson Stephen Krahn.
He will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by his wife Marie of 61 years, his children, Faith (Randall), Steve (Nanci) and Dorothy (Vince) and his grandchildren, Amy (Steve), Andrew (Melissa), Becca (Andrew), Sarah (Steve), Jesse (Lauren), Micah (Diana), Kendara, Aleah, Gabrielle and Joe. He was also the proud great-grandfather of eleven children, Jenna, Jordan, Luca, Pax, Nora, Pacific, Kiernan, Charlie, Judah, Ezra and Asher.
As a Baptist pastor, longtime prison chaplain, teacher, conference speaker and thoughtful pastoral guide, he touched many lives. We will miss him deeply.
A celebration of his life will take place on Thursday, August 8, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at Whyte Ridge Baptist Church, 2405 McGillivray Blvd., Winnipeg.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Camps with Meaning through Mennonite Church Manitoba.


Publish Date: Aug 3, 2019

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Aug 03, 2019, Aug 07, 2019

Condolences & Memories (13 entries)

  • My deepest sympathy to all the family. I only now heard, through the communications of Steve's office. I'm aware that, even when we expect an imminent passing of someone we dearly love, it's still somewhat shocking when it happens. I feel your pain, and at the same time, I understand your joy for him. He's definitely in the ideal place - the arms of his loving Father. Someone once told me, when I lost my father, the grief we feel is a sign of our love. We wouldn't grieve, if we didn't love. I add now, the degree to which we feel the pain reflects the degree of love we shared. The stronger the bond, the greater 'effort' to break that bond... and it does hurt. But it heals, in God's love. - Posted by: Sr. Christine Dudych, ssmi (friend) on: Aug 28, 2019

  • I was just 15 years old and my family immigrated to Canada, our first Church was Christie St. Baptist I was shy and missing my friends at home. The Bell family took me under their wings. We became friends and they treat me like family. I was just on trying to find out where Alfred is living as I heard he was in Nova Scotia. My Brother Jim watt was in Alfred Sunday school glass and I was trying to reunite them when I discovered the sad news Alfred had passed to Glory. My condolences to each and every one of his family. Rita Watt Gillard - Posted by: Rita Watt Gillard (Friend from Christie St. Baptist 1953-1954) on: Aug 18, 2019

  • Alf was Chaplain at the maximum security federal Edmonton Institution when we started the M2/W2 Prisoner Visitation program at the prison in the 1980s. He was well respected by inmates and administration alike, and was therefore instrumental in ensuring the program's success. Later in Winnipeg, Alf graciously agreed to serve as Chair of the Board of the John Howard Society of Manitoba, while I was Executive Director. He brought a clear, calm knowledge to the position, with a wisdom that was appreciated by all. - Posted by: Graham Reddoch (Colleague) on: Aug 08, 2019

  • I am so sorry that I cannot be with you at this time but the trip would be beyond me. My grief at the loss of Alf is profound and it sweeps over me in waves. I can’t say that as two siblings sharing the same bedroom that we always got along perfectly without raising the ire of Mom but as we grew older he meant a lot to me. Distance kept us apart much of the time but when we connected it was always a mind stimulating experience. He always gave me something profound to think about with the result that I would spend hours at the computer and in study. He stimulated my thinking like no other and has left a rather huge void and that is the greatest commendation I can give him. I am happy for him now and more than a wee bit jealous. To the family I am sorry to miss you all. My love and hugs to everyone of you. Love Uncle Steve and Aunt Blanche. - Posted by: Stephen Bell (Brother ) on: Aug 07, 2019

  • Steve and family, Our most sincere sympathy on the passing of your Dad. Although we were far apart geographically Uncle Alf always had an impact on each of us when he visited us in Toronto. He was a sincere, deep, thoughtful and caring man who took an interest in all of us. My Dad cherished his time with his brother and we're sure they're now arm in arm loving each others' company again. We send you our warmest wishes and hugs all round and pray for God's comfort for you during this time. Kevin & Sue Bell, Brian & Laurel Bell, Gwen Bell & Carolyn Gardy - Posted by: Kevin & Sue, Brian & Laurel and Gwen Bell & Carolyn Gardy (Family) on: Aug 07, 2019

  • Losing someone we love is never easy, but we must be thankful for the beautiful moments and memories we shared with them. Your father's vision of life was remarkable. He was an inspiration to all. Please accept my heartfelt condolences. I pray for your peace and comfort during this difficult time. - Posted by: Julie (Family friend) on: Aug 06, 2019

  • Our most sincere sympathy to the entire Bell family; children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. May you be strengthened and comforted by God's love which passes all our earthly understanding. You have lost a great and wonderful man who has touched many lives and who has shared his love and wisdom with his family and so many others. - Posted by: Bill & Marney Burchill (Family) on: Aug 05, 2019

  • Our most sincere sympathy to the entire Bell family; children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. You have lost a great and wonderful man who has touched many lives. May you find comfort in each other and in all of the fond memories you have of him. Sincerely. Jocelyne and Eddy Jaremowich - Posted by: Eddy and Jocelyne Jaremowich (friends) on: Aug 04, 2019

  • I first met Alf in Atlantic Canada when he was, I think, Regional Chaplain for Corrections Canada in the Atlantic Region and I was a graduate student studying with Charlie Taylor at Acadia University. Then, I met him again when we re-located to Winnipeg and found ourselves in the same apartment complex in Fort Richmond. He was the consummate pastor and chaplain, a model and example to follow and from whom to learn the craft of pastoral care. My sympathy to Alf’s family. He will be remembered for his good works and his faith by many, myself included. Rev. Dr.Douglas Kellough, Chaplain Winnipeg, MB - Posted by: Douglas Kellough (Colleague) on: Aug 03, 2019

  • Uncle Alf you were my rock. You guided me through so many trials. You were like a father to me and I am going to miss you so much. Thanks so much for being a mentor and friend to me. It's not goodbye but it is till we meet again. Forever in my ❤️.Love Lana - Posted by: Lana (Neice) on: Aug 03, 2019

  • I worked with Alf at Stony Mountain in the early 1980s..and have met his son Steve as well. Sincere condolences to the Bell family. He was a remarkable man, who gave his time and caring to so many over the years. - Posted by: Camil Dufort (Former Chaplain at Stony Mountain Penitentiary) on: Aug 03, 2019

  • Dear Steve and Nancy, We are very sorry for your loss. Our sincere condolences! Beaujena and Randy - Posted by: Beaujena and Randy Reynolds (Friends ) on: Aug 03, 2019

  • In 1977-78, during my first year at the University of Waterloo, an older, much wiser prison chaplain was also studying at UW during his sabbatical year. Somehow my group of high school friends who had migrated to UW en mass connected with Alf. We soon came to appreciate Alf's wisdom, wit, and friendship. We learned as much from him as our profs. Hopefully we taught him a thing or two as well. I extend my deep condolences to Alf's family. We've lost one of the good ones. Ted Fransen Winnipeg - Posted by: Ted Fransen (friend) on: Aug 03, 2019

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