William C. Bell of Darien, a regular at the Darien senior center and a U.S. Army veteran died Tuesday, March 6, surrounded by his family. He was 89.
Born July 28, 1922, in Stamford, he was the son of the late Abraham Lincoln and Mary Yanik Bell.
Mr. Bell graduated from Darien High School in 1940. He served in the U.S. Army from 1943-46, crossing the U.S. by train. When he returned to Darien he worked for the White Tower and Tom Brock Corporations as a purchasing agent, retiring in 1987 after 40 years.
In his retirement Mr. Bell enjoyed traveling to Vermont and New Hampshire with his son. He also attended the writing group at the Darien senior center and had several stories published in a senior center compilation. He was an active member of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Stamford, serving as an usher for many years, but is best remembered as St. Nicholas in the annual Christmas Show, a role he played for nearly 20 years.
Mr. Bell is survived by his son, Allan of Darien; daughter Alma (Libby) Stockenbojer and husband Jimmy of Stamford; grandchildren, Aaron and Storm Nobel, and Kailey, Alissa, Erica and Sarah Stockenbojer.
He was predeceased by his sister Suzanne Laubrich and his daughter Faith B. Nobel.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, March 17, at 1, at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 628 Main Street, Stamford. There will be no calling hours. Burial will be private.
Memorial donations may be made to the Darien Senior Activities Center, 30 Edgerton Street, Darien, CT 06820 or Masonicare Home Health & Hospice, 535 Connecticut Avenue, Suite 101, Norwalk, CT 06854.