Winthrop – Donald R. Bell Sr. 74, passed away Monday, July 15, 2013 at his home with the love and support of his family at his side. Funeral arrangements are with the Flint Funeral Home, Moira.
Donalds calling hours will be Thursday, July 18 from 6 to 8 at the Flint Funeral Home.
Donald was born October 19, 1938 in Brasher, the son of William and Doris (Murray) Bell and was educated locally. For six months, he was a Military Police Officer and was a member of the reserves after. Donald was united in marriage with Yvonne LaVare. Together, the couple had six children. The marriage later ended and he joined a union with Rita LaBarge. For over 40 years, Donald owned and operated a dairy farm in Ft. Jackson. He was member of the North Eastern Draft Horse Association and known throughout the United States and Canada. His talent with horses enabled him to receive numerous first place trophies in many of the horse pulling competitions. He had a passion for animals and farming. Donald loved attending auctions and conversing with his fellow farmers. He enjoyed the family camp, and whether it was hunting, or spending time with his family, he treasured every moment.
Memories will forever be in the hearts of his mother, Doris of Brasher; a daughter Laurie Andrews of Brasher Falls and her finance David Westurn of Moira; his sons, David Bell of Winthop, Jeffrey Bell of Nicholville, Donald Bell Jr. of Burke, and Randy Bell and Peter Bell of Winthrop. He is also survived by a sister Lettie (Pete) Seefeldt of Lewiston, N.Y.; his brothers Douglas of Castania, Benjamin (Charlene) Bell of Fort Edwards, and Curtis (Susan) Bell of Macomb; his grandchildren, Paula Michaud, David Jr., Melissa, Joshua Bell, Amber, Michael and Daniel Bell, Ryan Andrews, Vince and Nathan Bell, and Jessica Searles; nine great grandchildren; and his Dear Friend Nancy Greguire and family of Dickinson Centre.
Besides his father William, he was predeceased by his brothers Calvin at infancy, William, David, and Carl; and sisters, Linda and Louise.
Memorial contributions in his honor may be made to the American Cancer Society, Northern District Office, 94 East Main Street, Malone, NY 12953-1918 or to Hospice and Palliative Care of St. Lawrence Valley, 6805, US HWY 11, Potsdam, NY 13676.
Memories and words of comfort may be shared with Donalds family at www.flintfuneralhomeny.com.