Gordon W. Bell

Aug 08, 2018
Gordon Bell

South Thomaston — Gordon W. Bell, 73, died following a brief illness, Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018, at Sussman Hospice House in Rockport. His loving wife was at his side.

Born in Portland, September 27, 1944, he was the son of William Gordon and Francis Olive Hooper Bell. Growing up in Cape Elizabeth, he attended local schools and graduated from Cape Elizabeth High School. He attended the University of Maine at Orono, graduating in 1967 with a degree in Wildlife Management. After graduation, Gordon served in the Navy.

Following his service in the Navy, Gordon began his career with the Maine Department of Conservation as Park Manager. He spent the majority of his 32-year career serving Camden Hills State Park.

In 1974 Gordon married Sally Murphy Bell. They were happily married until she passed in 2011. Gordon met Lisa Elliot in 2012 and they were married on July 3, 2018.

An avid outdoorsman, he enjoying hunting, trapping, fishing, and hiking. He was particularly fond of fishing at Pierce Pond in western Maine and going on overnight hiking trips in the White Mountains. For several years, Gordon wintered in Florida, and enjoyed traveling whenever the opportunity arose. Listening to music and watching movies, especially the Big Lebowski, were other favorite pastimes.

In addition to his parents, Gordon was predeceased by his step-father, Roger Dolan; his sister, Nancy Bell Fergusson; his first wife, Sally; and his cousin, William Conohan.

He is survived by his wife, Lisa Elliot; his brothers, Daniel Bell and his partner Kate FitzPatrick and Stephen Dolan and his wife, Mary; his daughters, Candice Carpenter and her husband, Pete, and Randi Murphy; Lisa’s children, Lindsay Parisi and her husband, Travis, Sven Laamann and his partner, Caitlin Anton; his granddaughters, Cara Stacy and her husband, Matt and Caitlin Carpenter; his grandsons, Sven Laamann and Nico Parisi; his great-grandchildren, Tatum, Delaney and Abigail Stacy; his niece, Liz Fergusson and her son, Robin; his nephew, Colin Fergusson; and his cousin, Reginald Conohan.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m., Monday, Aug. 13, 2018, at Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock Street, Rockland. A reception will follow immediately at 104 Limerock, adjacent to the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Maine Wilderness Watershed Trust, P.O. Box 5660, Augusta, ME 04332.

To share a memory or condolence with the Bell family, visit their Book of Memories at bchfh.com.

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