John E. Bell, Jr

John E. Bell, Jr., 92, passed away on Sunday, March 28, 2021 at the Rhode Island Veterans Home. He was the husband of the late Pauline E. (Schenick) Bell.

Born in Nashua, New Hampshire he was a son of the late John and Mary (McAuliffe) Bell.  Mr. Bell had a long and distinguished career as a Chef for various restaurants and was a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in New Haven, CT.  He began his career at the Biltmore Hotel in Providence from 1959-1961, the Sullivan Steak House in Providence from 1961-1965, the Kirkbray Country Club in Lincoln from 1965-1966, the Coach House in Seekonk from 1966-1968 and the Admiral Inn in Cumberland from 1968-1988. He was a member of the East Providence Senior Center where he was an avid pool player and he also enjoyed playing tennis and golf.  He was a Navy veteran of the Korean War and he enjoyed and developed great friendships while he was living at the Rhode Island Veterans Home.  Mr. Bell was also a very devout Catholic.

He leaves three daughters, Susan Bell and her husband Daniel Aponte, Jr., Jennifer Bell-Cole and Cheryl Bell-Abbott and her husband Dennis, three grandchildren, Grace Cole, Casey Abbott and Samuel Abbott and several nieces and nephews.  He was the brother of the late Richard Bell.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, April 10, 2021 at 10:00 AM in St. Theresa Church, 358 Newport Avenue, Pawtucket. Burial with Military Honors will be in St. Ann Cemetery, Cranston. Calling hours are respectfully omitted. In lieu of flowers contributions to the Rhode Island Veterans Nursing Home Activities Fund, 480 Metacom Avenue, Bristol, RI 02809 would be appreciated.



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Dennis Najarian from Rumford wrote on April 10, 2021 at 11:47 am
My deep condolences. Wonderful family with family values. Mrs. Bell was always so kind to me and Susan and I went to school together. RIP Mr. Bell. You served your family, community, and service with distinction.
David Lefort from Lincoln wrote on April 9, 2021 at 6:46 pm
John and I met in 1969. He was the chef at the Admiral Inn and I was hired by him as a dishwasher at the age of 14. John introduced me to the game of golf after we had worked together for a few years. We remained good friends and played golf together for many years and always on a Monday, his day off. When it got too cold to golf we would meet up and play pool or ping pong at my dad's house. Over the years we had many fun times together. As we grew older I can remember John always stopping by at Christmas with a little something for my children. John was a real friend indeed. I'm sure he will be missed by many. Until we meet again dear friend, may God bless you and yours.
Lori Ann DiSandro wrote on April 6, 2021 at 7:44 am
My husband, Dan, used to provide transportation to this fine man while he was on home care. I got to know him well from scheduling all his rides and I tried to keep in touch with him when he moved to the Veterans Home. In fact, he sent us a Christmas card a few years ago which I will continue to display. Such a nice, nice man who had a great outlook on life - we should all take lessons from his philosophies. We will miss him more than I can say here. RIP, John, until we meet on that sunny shore...
Stephanie Horridge from Warwick wrote on April 5, 2021 at 8:11 am
To All the Bell family, I have many happy memories of holiday cookouts and dinners with John, Jennifer, Rick and Grace at their home in Warwick. John was always enjoyed a great conversation and loved to share a good recipe or cooking tip. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all, Peace and Love, Stephanie and Joe
Ed and Barbara Malloy from Seekonk wrote on April 5, 2021 at 7:05 am
John and Pauline. In life, they had many “adventures”, May the knowledge that they are now together forever bring the family solace. We have pleasant memories of happy times shared with them. Our condolences.
Ken Goucher from East Providence wrote on April 5, 2021 at 6:15 am
The pool player’s team from the senior center missed John when he went to live at the veterans home, now he will remember always. John was a good player. I as captain will miss him. Sorry about your loss. Ken Goucher