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Claudette Lise Suzanne Bell (née Tapernoux)

July 6, 1945

October 3, 2023

We are deeply saddened to inform you of the passing of Claudette Bell, a cherished Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Sister, and beloved Friend. With a sudden cancer diagnosis, Claudette peacefully passed away on October 3, 2023, surrounded by her family. Her memory will forever be cherished by her husband Warren, children Carole and Tim, daughter-in-law Becca, stepson David, sister Marguerite, and the immense joy she derived from watching her 12 grandchildren and great-grandchildren grow: Bronwynn (Jordan), Alexander (Elika), Weston, Sutter, Donovan, Eryn, Laura, Kayla, Jocelynn, James, Leon, and Ariana. Claudette also maintained close relationships with numerous extended family members over the years.

Born in Montreal in 1945, Claudette’s family relocated to Vancouver, BC, in the 1950s. She completed her education at Magee High School in 1963. After dedicating an impressive 47 years to her career at UBC, Claudette retired from the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences in 2018, following her early years of service in the Faculty of Medicine. Excelling as a leader and mentor, she established enduring connections both at the University and globally. Claudette fondly recalled her days at UBC, expressing a deep yearning for the vibrant campus atmosphere and the people she encountered. Besides her professional achievements, Claudette possessed a remarkable talent for singing and actively contributed to the Vancouver Swiss Choir and the Trinity Western Choir.

Claudette’s love extended far and wide, and she consistently uplifted her loved ones through her kind words of encouragement. Over the years, she delighted in embarking on holiday road trips and diligently organized countless picnics and family gatherings. Embracing her French and Swiss heritage, she possessed an indescribable charm and flair. Forever etched in our memories, Claudette will be remembered as a devoted wife to Warren, a pillar of strength and support as a mother, and a true friend. Her loss leaves an immeasurable void, and she will be profoundly missed by all whose lives she touched.

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