Kevin David Bell
Homer resident Kevin David Bell died Monday, Jan. 7, 2008, of cancer at South Peninsula Hospital. He was 53.
A celebration of life will be held at the Homer High School Mariner Theater at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 16, with a reception to follow at Islands and Ocean Visitors Center.
Mr. Bell was born July 15, 1954, in Shirley, Mass.
"Kevin grew up in Massachusetts, Maine and Connecticut, where his love for hunting, fishing and the outdoors developed. Kevin enlisted in the Army in 1973 and there his passion for boats and skills as a mariner began," his family said. "He moved to Alaska as an able-bodied seaman with offshore logistics. This job and another with Crowely Maritime allowed him to discover the wonders of Alaska in the Gulf of Alaska, Cook Inlet, Whittier, Valdez and Nome. He also worked as a commercial fisherman in the Pribilofs and Bering Sea."
He began his career with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as a deckhand/cook on the research vessel Tiglax in 1987 and in 1995 became captain. He navigated the waters of the Aleutians, North Pacific Ocean, Gulf of Alaska, and Bering and Chukchi seas.
"His years of outstanding seamanship and exemplary support of international maritime conservation programs earned him the Citation for Meritorious Service from the U.S. Department of the Interior in September 2007. Kevin met Mary in 1979 and they married in 1980. They began their life together in Anchorage and moved to Homer in 1984. Kevin was involved in Boy Scouts with his sons, David and Keith, and was presented the Regional Scouting Award in 1999 for his contributions as a scout leader. In 1993, he co-founded the Homer Hockey Association and was instrumental in building Homer's outdoor ice rink. Kevin started Homer's youth hockey program and worked relentlessly to build the indoor Homer Ice Rink, which opened in 2005," his family said. "Kevin was a devoted husband, father and friend whose exuberance, boundless energy and zest for life allowed him to pack a lifetime of adventures and good work into his 53 years."
Mr. Bell was preceded in death by his mother, Eunice Margaret Bell.
Kevin is survived by his wife, of Homer; sons, of Homer; his father and stepmother, David and Peggy Bell, of Stafford Springs, Conn.; brothers, Randy Bell and his wife, Maureen and their children, Sarah, Rachel, Caroline and Eileen, of New Milford, Conn., and Darren Bell and his wife, Cucu, and their children Jose and Elena Celaya of Lake Placid, Fla.; and in-laws, Donald and JoAnn Ferguson, Neil and Teresa Ferguson, of Austin, Texas.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to the Homer Hockey Association, P.O. Box 2703, Homer AK 99603; The Nature Conservancy "Aleutian Islands Seabird Restoration Program," Alaska Field Office, 715 L. Street, Suite 100, Anchorage, AK 99502; or CaringBridge (www.caringbridge.org a Web site that connects loved ones during critical illnesses.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.
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