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CAMERON BELL (CAM)
Born: Nov 29, 1960
Date of Passing: Mar 24, 2020Send Flowers to the Family Offer Condolences or Memory
November 29, 1960 - March 24, 2020
He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Shelly, sons, Gregg (wife Lauren) and Brett, grandchildren, Audrey and Alexander, his father Bryan Bell, sister Karen Yanchyski (Rick), father-in-law Wayne Hutchinson, siblings-in-law, Wendy Saunders (Kevin), Robert Hutchinson (Robin), Jeff Hutchinson, as well as his many nieces, nephews and long time friends.
He was predeceased by his newborn son Shaun, mother Dolores, and mother-in-law Willie.
Cam grew up in Portage la Prairie. He recalled a wonderful childhood with summer vacations at Jessica Lake, canoe trips with his Dad, swimming, waterskiing, long bike rides, cross-country skiing and skating on Cresent Lake when it froze 'just right.'
He played junior hockey with the MJHL Portage Terriers and was a sprinter on the high school track team. He was a graduate of the University of Winnipeg and retired after 25 years with Manitoba Hydro.
Although he loved all sports, his real passion was running. He started running longer distances in his late 30s. This sport was a natural fit for him. He loved the quiet solitude, the beautiful sunrises and the satisfaction of finishing a good run. There were some tough runs over the years but he finished every one of them.
He was able to qualify and run the Boston Marathon in 2003. During some gruelling chemo he pushed himself to qualify and run the full New York Marathon in 2014. He proudly ran many half marathons and Terry Fox runs with each of his sons and his wife. As time progressed his runs were shorter and less frequent, but he was glad to be out there.
He loved to travel. He enjoyed many driving trips across Canada and parts of the US. He was able to visit Hawaii many times, as well as Iceland, Scotland, Ireland, England, France and Italy. He was particularly happy to find his grandmother's Irish village and wander the same streets she did as a child.
Cam was a quiet and gentle man, with a positive outlook on life. He was a listener. He noticed and appreciated the small things in life, a cold beer on the patio on a hot summer day, his little dog curled up at his feet, a good movie or a family dinner. Above all he loved his family, they were everything to him. He was so proud of the good men his sons have become. His last, best smiles were for his grandchildren, who gave him such joy and happiness.
During his 12 and a half year journey with Brain Cancer he made a choice to live as well as he could for as long as he could. He was grateful for the excellent care he received from CancerCare Manitoba, including the late Dr. Gary Schroeder, Dr. Marshall Pitz, Dr. Lin Yang, neurosurgeon, Dr. Joseph Silvaggio and the many, many nurses, technicians and support staff he encountered over the years.
If you wish, in memory of Cam and in hopes of making a difference for children living with cancer, donations can be made to CancerCare Manitoba Foundation, to be directed to Pediatric Oncology, 675 McDermot Avenue, Room 0N1160, Winnipeg, MB R3E 0V9 or online.
Cam needed several blood transfusions over the past year. If you are able, please consider donating blood.
We plan to gather and celebrate his life at a later date.
He has crossed the finish line,
he finished the race!
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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Mar 28, 2020
Condolences & Memories (13 entries)
Dear Shelly You suddenly very clearly came to mind and I was able to view obituary for Cameron. What a beautiful and heartfelt obituary it was. Sending love and very deep and heartfelt sympathy to you and your family. Karen Smith - Posted by: karen smith (former co worker) on: Aug 20, 2021
My sincere condolences to the family of Cam Bell. We shared many stories of his days playing hockey, his son’s playing football, having a beer at Cheers after finishing the Boston Marathon. Cam was one of my favorite co-workers at Manitoba Hydro. His presence has been missed. I am very grateful for the times we spent together at work. Dave Muzyka - Posted by: Dave Muzyka (Coworker) on: May 08, 2020
Hi Shelley, I am sending deepest condolences to you and your family. Hugs, Gladys - Posted by: Gladys Ens (Grace Hospital School of Nursing) on: Apr 21, 2020
I worked with Cam on a multi-year project at Manitoba Hydro. I remember his patience, knowledge and caring personality. He spoke of his sons often. Condolences to Cam’s Family. - Posted by: Charlene Monds (Coworker ) on: Apr 06, 2020
Shelly, we are saddened to hear of Cam's passing this week and extend to you and your family our deepest condolences. We have kept updated on Cam's condition over the years through mutual friends. We rejoiced each time we heard he was doing well and that together you were embracing life. May family & friends, great memories and God's loving embrace provide you with comfort at this difficult time. - Posted by: Ed & Pam Friesen (Friend) on: Apr 02, 2020
Bryan,Bev, Jim and the extended Bell family, Sorry to hear about Cameron's passing. Although I never had the chance to meet him personally, the obituary demonstrated clearly what an amazing person he was and the well rounded life he led despite significant challenges. On behalf of the Gilroy family, longtime Portage friends and neighbours in both the Southside and Koko Platz areas, Ed Gilroy - Posted by: Ed Gilroy (Family Friend) on: Apr 01, 2020
Shelly - I am so sorry to hear of Cam's passing. Sending warm hugs to you and your family. Deepest Sympathy - Marla - Posted by: Marla Olafson-Karr (old friend) on: Mar 29, 2020
So sorry to hear of Cameron’s passing. Condolences to Bryan, Shelly and boys, Karen and family. Shirley Sigurdson and family. - Posted by: Shirley Sigurdson (Friend ) on: Mar 28, 2020
Thinking of you and your family. Cam was a very gentle and kind person who truly loved his family. - Posted by: Joanne Johannson (Cousin ) on: Mar 28, 2020
Words escape me. We lived next door to the Bells for many years and got to know the family very well. Cam was a great neighbour and a great father, Our sincerest sympathies go out to Shelly, Gregg and Brett. He will be missed by many. - Posted by: Ross and Brenda Wedlake (Friends) on: Mar 28, 2020
Dear Karen & Wendy, Although I never met your brother / brother-in-law, please accept my most sincere sympathy. It is so hard to lose a family member, but hopefully wonderful memories with Cam will help you through this difficult time & into the future. My thoughts & prayers go out to all your families. Take care. Tena Doerksen, Brandon, Mb. - Posted by: Tena Doerksen (Friend from PDGH nursing ) on: Mar 28, 2020
Dear Bryan, Shelly and boys, Karen and the rest of the Bell Family, Cameron was a fine person who went far too early. Our thoughts are with the entire Bell Family during this very difficult time. We have fond memories of Cam from our days in Portage la Prairie. Sincerely. The Shindlemans - Posted by: Robert Shindleman (Friend) on: Mar 28, 2020
Dear Shelly so very sorry for your loss. My heart breaks for you and your sons and family. Wishing you strength and love. - Posted by: Valerie Fey (friend) on: Mar 28, 2020
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