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Old 06-16-2020, 11:25 AM   #1
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Default Rich Bell passed away

His Obit.

https://www.capecodtimes.com/obituar...ichmond-r-bell


Richmond Bell longtime MARC member since 1954 and owner of a Model A parts store in Wellfleet, MA Passed away in his sleep on Monday Night
He was 94 years old and very active with the Model A's until his passing.
Got to know Rich personally in 1984 after we came to the US
We always bought parts from him when living in Holland.
He will be missed.

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Old 06-16-2020, 12:28 PM   #2
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He will be greatly missed, his username here was barnstuf. We had a long conversation at the beginning of the year and I was planning to go meet him when we go up to the Cape this August. I'm very glad he got to share many of his stories here. Thanks for sharing the news Joop.
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Old 06-16-2020, 12:50 PM   #3
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Sorry to hear. He always had some good stuff for sale.
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Old 06-16-2020, 12:55 PM   #4
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Several parts on my CCPU came from his "barn". Sorry to hear of his passing.
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Old 06-16-2020, 12:58 PM   #5
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Rich Bell was a GREAT guy who I have known since 1973. He sure was knowledgeable about the "A's" especially the parts for them. I always considered him a Great friend.

Rest In Peace Rich.

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Old 06-16-2020, 01:23 PM   #6
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Another valued member of our hobby is gone. We are fortunate to have enjoyed him for as long as we did. Rest in Peace our friend!
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Old 06-16-2020, 03:23 PM   #7
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If it's the same Rick Bell from Wellfleet, MA my dad bought a lot of parts from him back in the early 70's. Nice man.
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What a shame. He had some great stories and advice. I bought parts off of him as well. Always a nice guy.
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Old 06-16-2020, 05:02 PM   #9
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A great man with 3 PURPLE Hearts
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A great man with 3 PURPLE Hearts
What is a purple heart?
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Old 06-16-2020, 07:48 PM   #11
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A great man with 3 PURPLE Hearts
Really, I did not know that about him.

Synchro, a purple heart in simple terms is awarded to people wounded or killed in action.
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https://provincetown.wickedlocal.com...n-bastille-day

Here is a nice article written about him from last July. Sounds like he lived one hell of a life.
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I probably met Rich in the mid 70's, most likely at a flea market, bought lots of parts from over the years. He was a wealth of information and I enjoyed listening to his stories of Model A'ing in the early days. He was a great guy and those of us who used to see him regularly will miss him.
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Really, I did not know that about him.

Synchro, a purple heart in simple terms is awarded to people wounded or killed in action.
OK, Thanks.
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Old 06-16-2020, 08:53 PM   #15
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Another Model A icon has passed away. I did not know him, but the article listed by ryanheacox says it all. He was a patriot, a model citizen and a friend of the Model A hobby. His generation is the reason we are all free. We must never forget. May he rest in peace. My deepest sympathy to his family.
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Old 06-16-2020, 10:19 PM   #16
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Rest in peace my friend. Always enjoyed a short visit with him when we got to go to the Cape. His shop was like a time machine. Oldman
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https://provincetown.wickedlocal.com...n-bastille-day

Here is a nice article written about him from last July. Sounds like he lived one hell of a life.
This is a map with the towns mentioned.
https://www.google.com/maps/dir/Vire...d49.374147!3e2

This is a photo of the map on the wall of the American Cemetery Brittany near St James. We just happened to come across it a few years ago.
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Old 06-17-2020, 02:49 AM   #18
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I had just recently bought some parts from him, he was staying at his home in Vermont avoiding the Corona Virus. His daughter was helping him with shipping ect. Real nice man.
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He was a wealth of information have bought many parts from him over the years will be greatly missed
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Richmond Bell Founding member of MARC in 1952 and owner of a Model A parts store in Wellfleet, MA Passed away in his sleep on Monday Night
He was 94 years old and very active with the Model A's until his passing.
Got to know Rich personally in 1984 after we came to the US
We always bought parts from him when living in Holland.
He will be missed.
He joined MARC 1954
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