Obituary for Robert "Bert" Bell
With family and friends by his side, Robert (Bert) Bell went to be with his Lord and Saviour on June 2, 2017 at St. Boniface Hospital.
He is survived by his wife Sandra, daughter Kellie (Ben), son Steven (Erika) and five grandsons; Josiah, Luke (Jainaiya), Richard, Cameron and James.
A Celebration of Life will be held on June 8, 2017 at 11:00am at Portage Avenue Church, 1420 Portage Avenue with interment to follow at Elm Creek Cemetery.
Bert was born on July 3, 1944 in Forfar, Fife, Scotland and immigrated to Peterborough, Ontario in October 1959 at just 15, following the death of his mother, Mary Bell.
After working for a short time, he joined the Canadian Army in Kingston, Ontario, where he served for two and a half years.
Bert met the love of his life, Sandy Honey, in 1966 while she was in nurses training. They were married on June 17, 1967 and spent almost 50 years together.
In 1971, Bert joined the Royal Bank of Canada where he worked in various capacities and locations over the next 29 years. While working in the Toronto area, he was diagnosed with cancer that almost took his life. It was truly miraculous that he survived and that he was able to continue his work at the bank only a few months later.
In 1980, Bert was transferred to Winnipeg where he continued working with the Royal Bank until 2000. He spent the next three and a half years with the United Way while completing courses at Providence Bible College and Seminary. In January 2004 he became a full-time student at Providence and graduated that April with a Masters of Arts.
Following graduation, he joined the Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches in the area of Stewardship Ministries. He enjoyed meeting with churches, pastors and colleagues across the country. In September 2013, he resigned due to health issues and began working part time in the area of visitation at Portage Avenue Church, where he stayed until April 2016, when he experienced his first heart attack.
Bert dearly loved his children and grandchildren and especially cherished the opportunities he had to attend his grandsons’ events. One of his greatest thrills was being able to attend his eldest grandson’s (Josiah’s) graduation from the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Over the years, Bert faced several health challenges including cancer, triple bi-pass surgery and daily dialysis. He was blessed with having wonderful, caring and compassionate staff, nurses and doctors take care of him – especially on 5 West at the St. Boniface Hospital. He made sure that those taking care of him knew that “I am indestructible until God is finished with me.”
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to CancerCare Manitoba or Samaritan’s Purse.