George T. Bell passed away peacefully in Manassas, VA, on February 4, 2020, in the company of his loving wife of 60 years after a short battle with brain cancer. George was 81 years old.
Born in Evanston, IL, George was one of five children of Alexander and Nancy Bell and grew up in the same neighborhood as his wife. He attended parochial schools and revered his theological education until switching gears to Army ROTC at Loyola University of Chicago. He received his commission in the U.S. Army in 1962 and served a distinguished 20-year career, including tours in Korea and Vietnam. George’s military career moved his family across the USA and Germany and often included many camping adventures between duty stations.
Following George’s military career, he worked as an executive for United Healthcare (formerly Chicago HMO) in Chicago, Illinois and served as General Manager of the Wilmette Park District Golf Club and Terrace Restaurant in Wilmette, Illinois. For over 20 years, George was an active alcohol and drug counselor.
In his retirement, George and Katie moved to Bristow, Virginia, to escape the cold winters of Illinois. He served on multiple boards and the neighborhood watch in the Dunbarton active-adult community. He and Katie were doting grandparents often enjoying their grandkids in the summer months taking them swimming, teaching them arts & crafts and visiting sights throughout Virginia, Washington, DC, Baltimore, Williamsburg and Virginia Beach.
George was a true storyteller and could talk your ear off. He was a learned man, spoke multiple languages, was a voracious reader and enjoyed a good crossword puzzle. He enjoyed following politics, providing career and life advice to his kids and doling out “Bell’s Life Lessons” to all who would listen. In more recent years, George was a devoted caregiver to his wife.
He is survived by his wife, Catherine (Katie), two children, Jane (Darryl) Lassiter and Bruce (XueYan), two beautiful granddaughters, Keelan and Devinn, his brother Sandy and sister, Maggie, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his sisters, Nancy and Patricia, and beloved beagle, Mugs. He was loved dearly and will be missed terribly.
A military interment ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery will be held at a future date.
In honor of George, the family asks that a donation be made in memory of George T. Bell to Capital Caring Health, the hospice service that lovingly cared for George and is caring for Katie