Wilbur (Billy) Carroll Bell III, 65
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RAYMOND -- Wilbur Carroll Bell III, 65, of Raymond, passed away on Saturday, Feb. 5, 2011, at a Portland hospital after a long illness. His family was at his side.
Born in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, he was the son of Wilbur C. Bell II and Pauline Keenan Bell. Wilbur was a 1963 graduate of South Portland High School and a 1967 graduate of Maine Maritime Academy in Castine and spent three years as a Merchant Marine.
In his professional career, he spent 25 years as the president of a major roofing company, M B Bourne and Son, contributing to much of the Portland skyline. He also owned Associated Septic, Pioneer Coating, B&B Equipment Company and Casco Bay Sports Fishing Company.
He was a member of the Knights of Pythias, Portland Rotary Club, the American General Contractors Association, the Roofing Contractors Association and was a Registered Maine Guide. Throughout his life, he was an active member of the community, serving in the Naval Reserves, the Windham Fire Department, the Coast Guard Auxiliary, a volunteer at the Bath Maritime Museum and a Raymond Constable. He was also a Captain in the Raymond Fire Department and was the Raymond Harbor Master.
As Captain of the fishing boat Sea Quest, he loved fishing for tuna and scanning for whales from the Gulf of Maine to Stellwagen Bank and points beyond. He spent many fun filled hours on the ocean with family and friends. Among his fondest memories were Christmases, skiing, and relaxing at Sugarloaf with friends and family. Some of his other interests were snowmobiling, hunting and reading.
In recent years, his passion had been to create the Water Patrol/Rescue for the Town of
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Raymond, being instrumental in the development of a comprehensive training program and obtaining the necessary support logistics.
Most important to him were his family and friends. He was especially proud of his family and treasured his grandchildren above all else. He will be missed by all.
He was predeceased by his parents; and by a sister, Sharon. Surviving him are his loving wife of 42 years, Ruth I. Gavett Bell of Raymond; and his four children, Charlene Dean and husband Randall of Madison, Kimberly Smith and husband Bradford of Salem, Mass., Wilbur C. Bell IV and Matthew Bell and wife Tanya all of Windham. Wilbur also has five grandchildren, Alison Dean, Jennifer Dean, Thomas Dean, Sarah Bell and Samantha Bell, who will all miss his dearly. He is also survived by his four other sisters, DonaVee Cote and husband Ronald of Hermon, JoAnne Gerry and husband Dale of Hampstead, N.H., Robin Fournier and husband William of Gorham and Melissa Allen and husband Daniel of Buxton; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Visiting hours will be held from 5-8 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2011, at the Dolby Funeral Chapel, 434 River Rd., Windham. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Thursday at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, 919 Roosevelt Trail, Windham. Interment will follow in New Calvary Cemetery, South Portland. Please join the family in a reception at 131 Flaggy Meadow Rd., Gorham, following burial. Online condolences may be left at www.dolbyfuneralchapels.com.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to:
The Raymond Marine 1 Account
1443 Roosevelt Trail
Raymond, Maine 04071
Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on Feb. 8, 2011