Our dearest brother Iain passed away on Friday afternoon, surrounded by family members. Iain was predeceased by his parents Dr. J.M. Bell and Catherine Bell. He is survived by his brothers, Alastair, Neil (Bernadine), Hamish, and his two sisters Mairi (Andrew) and Moira (Jon). Iain was also loved by his nephews and nieces.
Iain grew up in Victoria enjoying playing lacrosse and hockey in the big yard on Woodley Road with his many family members and friends. Growing up in Victoria also provided other opportunities for fun like biking to the beach and building rafts at Gonzalez Bay and golfing at Juan de Fuca golf course. Winter would occasionally allow special experiences like skating at Spectacle Lake. He travelled with family members on many vacations in western Canada and the U.S. He was also fortunate to travel overseas to Scotland and Spain, providing him with many happy memories. He enjoyed working with his brother Alastair for many years at the Victoria St. Vincent de Paul. Iain was a sports fan, loving a good CFL or Oakland Raiders NFL game, but was also a lifelong devotee of the Boston Bruins. He loved to read and always had a copy of Readers Digest and The Hockey News by his side. But more than anything else, Iain loved to spend time with his family, enjoying a beverage (none of that non-alcoholic beer please!) and laughing while swapping stories. Although his physical health declined in later years, Iain retained a sharp wit and attitude as well as a phenomenal memory and was able to remind the rest of us of fun times and experiences he had shared with us years before. Iain also never forgot anybody’s birthday. We are all deeply saddened by his passing and will miss his ready smile and laugh.
The family would like to thank the staff of Twin Oaks for their extraordinary care of Iain over the last 5 years, which sustained Iain and gave him a chance to live fully through their efforts.
A Graveside service was held at2:00 pm, Wednesday April 27, 2022 at Royal Oak Burial Park, 4673 Falaise Drive, Victoria, BC followed by a reception next door, in the Sequoia Centre at McCall Gardens. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in Iain’s name to the Victoria SPCA https://spca.bc.ca/locations/victoria/
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Gerry and Christine Strik