Lyle A Bell, age 87, of Bethany, passed away Wednesday, November 23, 2016 in Beacon Brook Nursing Home in Naugatuck. He was born in New Brunswick, Canada on August 10, 1929 to the late George and Myra Fitzherbert Bell.
Mr. Bell proudly served in the US Navy, National Guard and the Civil Air Patrol. Before retiring, he was a welder for AVCO Lycoming. active in the community, he was a member of the Brothers of the Brush and helped with many fundraisers for local charities.
A devoted father, grandfather, great grandfather and great great grandfather, he is survived by his sons William Bell (Kathy) of Woodbridge, Christopher Bell (Cynthia) of Milford, Bruce Bell (Karen) of Stoddard, NH, Lyle Vitale (Laurie) of West Haven, and Terry Bell (Margaret) of New Haven, daughters Apryl Lilac of Bennington, VT, Pauline Brownley of Bethany and Margaret Davenport of Lancaster, PA, daughter-in-law Sandra Bell of New Haven, sixteen grandchildren and sixteen great grandchildren and many great, great grandchildren.
Beside his parents, he is predeceased by his wife Barbara Frank Bell, son James Bell, grandson Brian Bell, brother Madison Bell and sisters Easter and Ruth. Arrangements were in the capable hands of the Smith Funeral Home, 135 N Broad St., Milford. A prayer service was held during the visitation with military honors. Interment will be at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to Wounded Warriors Project, P O Box 758517, Topeka, KS, 66675. To leave condolences, please visit our website @ www.georgejsmithandson.com.