LAS VEGAS – John "Jack" Bell, 41, passed away June 21, 2012, at a Las Vegas hospital after a sudden, brief illness.
He was born March 1, 1971, in Bangor, the son of Jack and Mary (Brumm) Bell.
Jack attended St. John’s Elementary School, Bangor, and was a graduate of Cheverus High School, Portland. He graduated from St. Michael’s College, Winooski, Vt., in 1993 with a double major in political science and economics and went on to study law at SUNY Buffalo, graduating in 1996. Jack was an avid hockey goalie in his youth, playing for Bangor Youth Hockey, Cheverus High School and St. Michael’s College. He was also an avid Red Sox fan and ecstatically happy to see their two World Series wins in his lifetime. Jack married Mary Murray of Tonawanda, N.Y., in May 1998; they were divorced in 2010. He moved to Las Vegas in 1998 and worked with a number of law firms focusing on construction law. His last position was as a partner in the law firm Pengilly, Robbins, Slater and Bell. He was well-regarded by the Las Vegas law community for his honesty, integrity and kindness.
He is survived by his two children who were the highlights of his life, Murray and Julia of Las Vegas; his parents, Jack and Mary (Brumm) Bell of Bangor; one sister, Maureen (Bell) Boardman and her husband, Byron Boardman, and their two children, Meghan and Cameron, of Bradford, Vt.; as well as many friends spread all across the country.
A memorial service was held 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 26, at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, Las Vegas, and a memorial service will be held at St. Paul the Apostle Parish, St. John Roman Catholic Church, Bangor, at a later date. A small family service will be held at a later date on Monhegan Island.
Those who wish to remember Jack in a special way may make a gift donation to a trust fund for Jack’s two children: The Murray and Julia Bell College Trust, care of Maureen Bell Boardman, P.O. Box 958, Bradford, VT 05033.