Colin Bell

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A man with a Bright smile and a Heart of Gold.

Celebrating your 60th birthday in your memory today. Remembering your smile, cheekiness and kindness. Forever in all our thoughts.

Colin was a Funny, Kind and Wonderful Brother, Uncle, and Friend.

Colin was one of seven children, Valerie, Christine, Thomas, Colin, Kim, Anne and Andrew, who grew up in a busy, loving family home. Growing up in a large family lead to Colin getting up to all sorts of mischievous acts with his siblings.

Colin was born and bred in Birtley where he attended Birtley East primary school. He then went to senior school in Cumbria until 1980. He later moved to Brighton where he lived with his eldest sister. During the Great Storm of 1987 Colin was working in the kitchen at Roedean school where his calm character impressed the schools headmistress. So much so she sponsored him through culinary school.

He eventually moved back to the North East where he worked in a few different places before joining the Marie Curie Newcastle Hospice in 1999.

Colin was loyal and dedicated to his role as Chef. In all his years, he always insisted on working Christmas Day to look after the staff, patients and family members alike. He did this to allow staff, especially his Kitchen colleagues, special family time together for Christmas Day. Colin was particularly famous in the hospice for his calorie free healthy chips!

Colin was a lover of Comedy, especially shows like Monty Python. He was also an avid reader, especially loved Tom Sharpe books. He had a vast love of music too. Colin was definitely the type of person you would also love to have on your Pub Quiz Team as his knowledge covered a wide variety of facts.

He also followed the family tradition and joined the Buffs in June 1992. Colin loved the Buffs and got involved with all sorts of Charity and Fundraising events. Before his death Colin once again became a Provincial Grand Primo of which he was very proud.

Colin will be missed by many for his cheeky smile, calm nature, generosity and unconditional love.

This is a quote that beautifully captures the spirit of Colin:

The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honourable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well, By Ralph Waldo Emerson.

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  • £60.00 Val and Kevin

    Today would have been your 60th birthday although your no longer here in person your always in our hearts and minds

  • £60.00 Tom and Sharon

    Today would be your 60th birthday, a very sad day for the whole family as we would have loved to be celebrating it with you. Missed always x

  • £100.00 Cornelius O'Callaghan

    Bro Colin You Have Been A Great Friend May You Rest In Peace

  • £15.00 Claire Burns

    Thinking of all the family at this sad time x

  • £10.00 Rachel Drummond

    It has been a privilege to work with you for so many years. RIP x

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