Leonard Bruce Bell
Chesapeake – Leonard “Bruce” Bell, 73, went to be with the Lord January 13, 2015. Bruce was born in Norfolk to the late Francis S. and Myrtle M. Phelps Bell. He graduated from Oscar F. Smith High School in 1959 and attended the University of Maryland. He was a proud veteran, having served in the U.S. Air Force. Bruce was a member of South Norfolk Congregational Church, South Norfolk Moose Lodge #464, and the American Legion. He worked tirelessly for his church’s soup kitchen from 2007 until 2014. Bruce was an avid gardener and staunch supporter of the NRA.
Bruce’s life was an amazing adventure marked by world travel, professional accomplishments, and lasting friendships.
His greatest achievements, of which he had many, were his beloved son, Bo; daughter-in-law, Jane; and daughter, Katie. He adored them and would proudly tell anyone his children were the greatest joy of his life. His grandson, David, and great-grandchildren, Haley, Ashton, and Zane would bring out his best smile and the brightest twinkle in his eye.
Bruce had a host of professional accomplishments. He climbed the ranks in the Air Force as a cryptologist, followed by 41 years in the aviation industry managing commercial airlines.
He will be remembered best for his kindness, laugh, smile, and his servant’s heart.
Left to cherish his memory are his loving wife of 29 years, Linda D. Bell; children, Bo Sawyer and his wife, Jane of Greensboro, N.C., and Katie Bell of Alexandria, Va.; grandson, David Walker; and great grandchildren, Haley, Ashton, and Zane Walker.
Family and friends will be celebrating Bruce’s life on Saturday at 4:00 p.m. at South Norfolk Congregational Christian Church with Reverend Amos Eby officiating. In lieu of flowers, please honor Bruce’s passion for serving his friends in our community by contributing to South Norfolk Congregational Christian Church’s Soup Kitchen. An investment of your time would be most appreciated. Express condolences to the family at altmeyer.com.