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Klassen Funeral Home

1897 Henderson Highway, Winnipeg, MB

OBITUARY

Bryan Cameron Bell

November 29, 1960March 24, 2020

After a life well lived, Cam died peacefully at home with his wife and his sons by his side. He was 59 years old

He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Shelly, sons Gregg (wife Lauren) and Brett, grandchildren Audrey and Alexander, his father Bryan Bell , sister Karen Yanchyski (Rick), father in law Wayne Hutchinson, siblings in law Wendy Saunders (Kevin), Robert Hutchinson (Robin), Jeff Hutchinson, as well as his many nieces, nephews and long time friends.

He was predeceased by his newborn son Shaun, mother Dolores and mother in law Willie,

Cam grew up in Portage la Prairie. He recalled a wonderful childhood with summers vacations at Jessica Lake, canoe trips with his Dad, swimming, waterskiing, long bike rides, cross country skiing and skating on Cresent Lake when it froze ‘just right.’ He played junior hockey with the MJHL Portage Terriers and was a sprinter on the high school track team. He was a graduate of the University of Winnipeg and retired after 25 years with Manitoba Hydro.

Although he loved all sports, his real passion was running. He started running longer distances in his late 30’s. This sport was a natural fit for him. He loved the quiet solitude, the beautiful sunrises and the satisfaction of finishing a good run.There were some toughs runs over the years but he finished every one of them.

He was able to qualify and run the Boston Marathon in 2003. During some gruelling chemo he pushed himself to qualify and run the full New York Marathon in 2014. He proudly ran many half marathons and Terry Fox runs with each of his sons and his wife. As time progressed his runs were shorter and less frequent, but he was glad to be out there.

He loved to travel. He enjoyed many driving trips across Canada and parts of the US. He was able to visit Hawaii many times, as well as Iceland, Scotland, Ireland, England, France and Italy. He was particularly happy to find his Grandmother’s Irish village and wander the same streets she did as a child.

Cam was a quiet and gentle man, with a positive outlook on life. He was a listener. He noticed and appreciated the small things in life, a cold beer on the patio on a hot summer day, his little dog curled up at his feet, a good movie or a family dinner. Above all he loved his family, they were everything to him. He was so proud of the good men his sons have become. His last, best smiles were for his grand children, who gave him such joy and happiness.

During his 12 1/2 year journey with Brain Cancer he made a choice to live as well as he could for as long as he could. He was grateful for the excellent care he received from Cancer Care Manitoba, including the late Dr Gary Schroeder, Dr Marshall Pitz, Dr Lin Yang, neurosurgeon, Dr Joseph Silvaggio and the many, many nurses, technicians and support staff he encountered over the years.

If you wish, in memory of Cam and in hopes of making a difference for children living with cancer, donations can be made to Cancer Care Manitoba Foundation, to be directed to Pediatric Oncology, at 675 McDermot Avenue, Room 0N1160 ,Winnipeg, Mb. R3E 0V9 or online. Cam needed several blood transfusions over the past year. If you are able, please consider donating blood.

We plan to gather and celebrate his life at a later date.

He has crossed the finish line, he finished the race!

Services

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Pat Hoyes

April 17, 2020

Bryan, Karen, Wendy and families:
Please accept my deepest sympathy on the loss of your precious son, brother, brother in law and uncle. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this very sad and difficult time.

Linda Oakley

April 8, 2020

My condolences Shelly and family. It's been awhile since we worked together, but I remember you talking about Cam's accomplishments when he was running the numerous marathons. I am so sorry to hear that he has passed. May God's peace and consolation be with you. Linda Oakley

Kim Barrett

April 2, 2020

My deepest condolences to you Shelly, and your family.
Although I haven't seen you in recent years, I have thought of you often. Both you and Cam were examples of living your best life despite all the unknowns and serious health issues.
Sending you a virtual big hug, hot cup of tea and a chin wag with you and Lorraine.
xoxoxo Kim Barrett

Shelly McFadyen

March 30, 2020

Shelly, I am so sorry to hear of Cam's passing. I am thinking of you and your family. Please remember to take care of yourself during this very difficult time.

Ruth Byquist

March 29, 2020

Dear Shelly and family,
So sorry to hear of Cam's death. He certainly led a life well-lived. That was a lovely obit. Take care. Thinking of you. I certainly will donate some blood on Cam's behalf.
Ruth Byquist (worked with Shelly at Seven Oaks Hospital in ICU).

Lauraine Twilley

March 28, 2020

So sad to hear that Shelly has lost a wonderful husband and friend, and Gregg, and Brett a loving father.
My heart goes out to all of you.
Lauraine Twilley

Les and Theresa Langner

March 28, 2020

Dear Shelly and family,
Our deepest condolences upon Cam’s passing. We will miss his presence ushering and fellowship at Grace. May you find peace and comfort in our Lord’s promise of eternal life and peace.
Les and Theresa

Dawn Davis

March 28, 2020

My condolences to both you Shelly, Karen, your dad and families. I enjoyed working with both of you! My aunt Joyce lived next door. May you be strong and loving ! Take Care! Dawn Davis

Nicole (Oberton) Campbell

March 28, 2020

Shelly and family. So very sorry for your loss. I remember Cam as a quiet gentle person both at school and at the rink. He was a wonderful example for us to follow. Condolences.

Connie Bagrie

March 27, 2020

Karen, Shelly and family,
I am thinking of all of you at this time. My heartfelt condolences.❤️
We grew up only a house away from each other. Fond memories on Roe Street.
Your words written about Cam were beautiful.
All our love,
Connie and John Bagrie.❤️

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