With the miracle of birth, December 16, 1923, comes the acknowledgement of death, January 4, 2015. With all the love of his family, a lifetime of wonderful memories and a fulfilled life, Walter passed away peacefully in his sleep.
With his strong moral compass, his generous mentoring of others and his great thirst for knowledge, Walter set a very high standard for his family to live each and every day to its full potential.
An only child, Walter was predeceased by his parents Thomas Henry “Harry” Bell (1980) and Catherine Elsie Irene (Walker) (1993) and after almost 35 years of marriage, by his wife Joan Ruth (Rice) in 1989.
Dear father of Andrea (Rob Faulds) of Whitby, Richard (Regina), Sarah (Jim Long) and Heather (Greg Hiscox) all of London. Loved by his grandchildren Christopher (Brittany) Bell, Amy Bell, Ethan Faulds, Spencer and Aidan Long, Emma, Jeremy and Stella Hiscox and great grandson Jaxon Bell. Also remembered fondly by Sarah Whelan. Dear brother-in-law of John (Janet) Rice and uncle of Andrew (Patty) Rice and their children Alexander, William and Grant, all of Bowmanville. Predeceased by nephew David Rice (2009).
For the past 12 years, Walter has cherished the love and support of his soulmate Suzanne (Suzie) Pogue of Montreal and will be remembered fondly by her 4 children and her 11 grandchildren.
Walter served overseas in the Navy from 1942 to 1946. After graduating from U of T (LLB), he was called to the Bar in British Columbia in 1949 and in Ontario in 1954. Walter practiced Law in London with his friend from wartime naval days, Wm. R. Poole in the firm of Poole, Bell and Porter for 25 years before his appointment to the Ontario Court of Justice Criminal Division in 1980. Upon mandatory retirement in 1998, Walter served for 6 years on the Ontario Review Board and as a Deputy Judge of the Small Claims Court.
Friends will be received by the family from 2 – 4 and 7 – 9 pm on Thursday, January 8, 2015 at the A. Millard George Funeral Home, 60 Ridout Street South, London. The memorial service will be conducted at St. Paul’s Cathedral, 472 Richmond Street, London on Friday, January 9, 2015 at 11am. As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations may be made to the St. Paul’s Cathedral Fellowship Centre, 472 Richmond Street, London, ON N6A 3E6 or (Canadian Cancer Society Wheels of Hope Transportation Program, 123 St. George St, London, ON N6A 3A1). Online condolences, memories and photographs shared at www.amgfh.com