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BELL, Timothy Gordon

March 5, 1954 – Picton, Ontario
December 2, 2018 – Calgary, Alberta

Tim always liked Lou Grant’s (The Mary Tyler Moore Show) summation of life (this is probably paraphrased):

You’re born; you die; everything in between is just filler.

Well, here is Tim’s “filler” . . .

Tim was born on March 5, 1954 to Larry and June Bell in Picton, Ontario, where he had a happy childhood shared with his older siblings – brother, Bud (also known as Larry) and sister, Barb.

He had fond memories of spending time with his relatives on the farm, drinking real milk from real cows, stuffing himself with taffy tarts, and enjoying get-togethers with his cousins.

He loved cereal.

When his parents took him along for their weekly grocery shopping, they would park him in the cereal aisle (different times back then) so he could choose whatever he wanted. Then they would proceed to do the rest of the shopping until it was time to collect him before checking out. And there they would find Tim, still in the cereal aisle, trying to decide which box he wanted – the one with the best toy OR the one that contained the sweetest treat.

Along with cereal, he loved movies (we’ll get back to that). So much so, that Bud would let Tim sneak into the living room late at night to watch movies with him.

Now, fast forward quite a few years . . . Tim went to York University where he received his B.A. During those student years, he made a few short films and spent some time “punching up” scripts. But, really, Tim just enjoyed watching movies.

After spending a few years working in Toronto (his early start in the freight forwarding business that lasted until his death), Tim moved to Vancouver, B.C. where, in 1980, he met his soulmate and best friend for the rest of his life, Bernadette Shultz.

Tim loved to travel, enjoyed good wine and had a surprisingly adventurous palate, always willing to try new cuisines (although his favourite was Thai).

But, most of all, he loved the movies (told you we would get back to it). He had a number of kindred spirits in his life who enjoyed films almost as much as he did. They would watch and discuss them, share their extensive collections, line up for first viewing at the theatre, and, in later years, join forums with other like minded individuals around the world. For several years, Tim was fortunate enough to be a movie reviewer for a community newspaper. Paid to watch movies – how great was that!

Everyone who knew him said that Tim was such an easy-going, thoughtful and generous person who had a wonderful sense of humour. No matter who needed his help, he was always there for friends, family, colleagues, charities, people on the street – his kindness knew no bounds.

It didn’t matter what life threw at him (and life had amazing accuracy at times), Tim never complained. If there was a problem, he would try to solve it. If there was no real solution, then he would accept it gracefully.

Tim also had a rare attribute – the courage of his convictions.

He lived his life as fully as possible until the very end. It was an honour to have been such a long part of his short life.

And, yes, Tim’s last meal was cereal. Corn Pops. No toy.

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Tim passed away at the age of 64 at the Peter Lougheed Centre in Calgary, Alberta on Sunday morning, December 2, 2018 with Bernadette by his side.

He is survived by his brother, Larry Bell (you know him as Bud); sister-in-law, Jeanne Bell and his two aunts – Joan Minaker and Jean Cuddy. He is also survived by his Dad’s second wife, Mae Bell, and her daughter, Lori Barron. He will be fondly remembered by a variety pack of nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and colleagues.

Tim was predeceased by his dad, Larry Bell (2000), his mom, June Bell (2007) and his sister, Barbara Presby (2012).

Heartfelt thanks go to the wonderful and devoted nursing staff in Unit 39 at the Peter Lougheed Centre with a special thank you to Paul who took such good care of Tim all through the wee hours of his last night.

Tim was cremated at a private ceremony on Thursday, December 6, 2018 at McInnis and Holloway Chapel of the Bells in Calgary. His ashes were returned to Bernadette where they will be scattered, along with hers, when the time comes.

In living memory of Tim Bell, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH, CALGARY, AB, T2E 2V6, Telephone: 403-243-8200.

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  1. Rest in peace, Tim. It was great having you as part of our family for so long. Thanks for everything. We will miss you. The Shultz Family

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  2. I remember Tim as a great person, colleague , helpful and always smiling. Rest in Peace Tim and you will always be remembered in our prayers. Deepika Bilkhu

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  3. I didn’t know Tim very well but I remember how thoughtful and welcoming he was, along with Bernadette, when my mother and I visited Vancouver in the 90s. Gone way too soon but he is now in the arms of an angel watching over his family and soul mate.

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  4. Didn’t know he loved cereal but I can picture him sitting at the kitchen table at the farm on one of the stools having a big bowl served by Grandma. RIP cousin.

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  5. Bernadette, condolences to you on the loss of your beloved soulmate Tim…You were so blessed to have had 38 happy years with each other..He was a very compassionate and loving man….I am sure that he was welcomed home with open arms by his mom and dad…You are missed, Tim…RIP…

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  6. Maybe my first message wasn’t approved, I’ll try again a shorter one . Bernadette yjust to let you know I’m thinking of you with love Aunt Joan xoxo

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  7. Tim, may your soul rest in peace. You will always be in our hearts, memories and prayers. It was great to have known you, and your eternal smile will surely be missed.

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  8. Your compassion, love and sense of humor taught me a lot and never be forgotten. Thank you. Rest in peace, Tim.

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