Alan Bell

Obituary of Alan Victor Bell

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BELL, Alan V. Pictou It is with heavy hearts that the family of Alan Victor Bell announce his death which occurred suddenly and unexpectedly on January 23, 2021 in the Aberdeen Hospital, New Glasgow. He was the only son of the late Leslie George Victor Bell and Doris Edith Reeve Bell. He was born in Farnham, Great Britain on December 3, 1940. Alan had a remarkable career in engineering which took him around the globe. He was highly respected in his profession and sought after to mitigate many mining problems. Alan’s favourite motto was ‘Mitigate, Mitigate, Mitigate’. As a Professional Engineer with his Masters in Engineering and specializing in civil and environmental Engineering, he was well equipped to deal with any environmental issues. He dedicated his life to solving these issues and making the world a better place. His creative soul knew no boundaries. There were no recipes just great meals. There were no rules or directions just outstanding wood carvings. There was no special camera just Alan taking a perfect picture. There were no sailboats he didn’t love just ones he wanted to sail. There was no tree he couldn’t prune into a beautiful shape. There was no prouder Canadian. Alan was blessed with a family who loved and cared for him and whom he loved in return. He is survived by his beloved wife, Janice Veniot, Pictou; daughters, Treena (Rob) Faloon, Halifax; Hilary (Andrew) Forbes, Ottawa; stepson, Chris McKeil, New Jersey. His grandchildren and step grandchildren were his pride and joy, Julia and Laura Faloon, Teah and Payton Forbes, Gavin and Jacob McKeil. Besides his parents he was predeceased by his first wife, Kathleen Margaret Cook who was the mother of Treena and Hilary; and his sister, Jean Eileen Davies. Alan maintained a deep and abiding love for three very special couples in the UK whom we visited every year; Alan (Jennifer) Button, Maidstone; John (Anthea) Bowers, Downe; and Stuart (Jennifer) Billington, Lewes. He was an intelligent, gifted, hardworking man who dedicated himself to his career and his family. His work ethic was professional and polished. His creative soul made us all smile a little brighter. The light has dimmed in our loss of his quiet presence. A true gentleman has left the room and we shall honour his life forever. Cremation has taken place. Burial will take place at a later date. Donations in Alan’s memory may be made to Feed Nova Scotia or to the Alzheimer’s Society of Nova Scotia. Family flowers only please. Arrangements have been entrusted to McLaren Funeral home, Pictou, NS.