Bryan BELL

Bryan Charles Bell passed away peacefully at the age of 87 on September 23, 2023, surrounded by his loving family at the Lions Prairie Manor. He will be remembered as a devoted husband, father, and grandfather. Bryan was preceded in death by his beloved wife Dolores, their son Cameron, grandson Shaun, and several other family members. He is survived by his daughter Karen and her husband Rick Yanchycki, with grandchildren Ashley, Tyson, Brendan, as well as his daughter-in-law Shelly and her grandchildren Gregg and Brett. Bryan leaves behind a legacy of cherished memories shared with his great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and relatives.

Athletics, particularly hockey, played a significant role in Bryan’s life. He excelled in various sports, playing for notable teams like the Brandon Wheat Kings and Flin Flon Bombers. Bryan was also actively involved in coaching, leading Provincial Minor Hockey Championship Teams and the Portage Terriers Junior A Hockey Team. His dedication to the sport earned him recognition from Hockey Canada, where he achieved Level Five Coaching Certification. Bryan’s passion for sports extended beyond hockey, as he won the Canadian Cadet Small Bore Rifle Competition and participated in activities like canoe trips and marathons.

In addition to his contributions to the world of sports, Bryan made a lasting impact on his community. He served on the Portage and District General Hospital Governing Board for several years, was a Scout Leader, and actively participated in community initiatives, such as flooding and snow removal. Throughout his 40-year career at M.T.S., Bryan worked as a Communications Technician, Instructor of Technical Training, and eventually retired as Manager of Autovon Networking Services. Retirement provided him with the opportunity to travel the world with Dolores, exploring destinations from Canada and the United States to places like Australia and Hawaii.

Bryan held a profound love for Dolores, a love that began when they first met on a winter night in 1951. They became inseparable companions, sharing a deep devotion to one another. After Dolores passed away in 2013, Bryan longed for their reunion, where they could once again walk hand in hand. The family would like to express their gratitude to the staff at both PDGH and LPM for their exceptional care and support during Bryan’s final years. As per his wishes, a private family service will be held in his honor at Evergreen Memorial Gardens Columbarium. In memory of Bryan, donations can be made to the Cancer Care Manitoba Foundation.

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