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My Father Has Passed

It’s with profound heartache that I must announce that my father, Alfred Clement Bell, died last Wednesday afternoon…

It’s with profound heartache that I must announce that my father, Alfred Clement Bell, died last Wednesday afternoon (July 31) due to a brain tumour. He had his wife and three generations of family close by throughout the day. He took his final breath around 3:30.

Dad was cherished by so many for so many good reasons. He was a truly great man and ran an epic race. I’m so very proud to be his son.

A celebration of his life will take place tomorrow, Thursday, Aug. 8 at 2 pm | Whyte Ridge Baptist Church, 2405 McGillivray Ave. Winnipeg.

You may read Dad’s obituary HERE…

My friend, Fr. Jamie Howison, wrote a beautiful tribute to my father. Be sure to click on the link he provides to the short book chapter he wrote about Psalm 23 and my Dad. It kinda says it all. See: Bidding Farewell to a Wise Mentor…

No doubt, I will write a tribute to my father soon, but I don’t have those words right now.

Peace friends,



  1. Rita Miron

    My deepest sympathies Steve, to you and yours. I know he will be missed deeply.
    He lives on through you and in all those he has touched and he continues his work basking in Gods glory.

  2. Ian Miller

    So sorry for your loss Steve, and thank you for sharing this very personal time in your life. It’s so much nicer that you let us in, than hearing about it through the media. Our prayers are with you and your family. Be strong in the Lord.

  3. Lois

    Dear dear Steve…. May our Saviour’s presence comfort you in this sad time. You have shared so much with us about your dear father. We have grown to love him through you and so we grieve with you now. He is safe with Jesus but his place here on earth is empty and we mourn, even while we have hope.

  4. Darlene Chimilar

    So sorry to hear about your father Steve. I know how close the two of you were, and although he is no longer here, his love and memories will always be with you to cherish. I remember your dad being an exceptionally wonderful man when we were in high school, and I must say, you’ve turned out to be a lot like him.

  5. Ron Craig & Carol Ingimundson

    Dear Steve & family
    Our deepest condolences on the loss of your dear Father.
    You are so blessed to have wonderful memories of him.

  6. Teresa Skarlicki

    Your father has a remarkable warm smile! especially considering that he was so sick. Facing mortality with such grace! Many blessings to you Steve!

  7. Helen Morrison

    My sincerest condolences, Steve. I love hearing your stories about your Dad and his great faith and wisdom. I know that you were very close and that you deeply admired and respected him. I hope that that eternal love you had for one another will be your focus in the days and weeks ahead. Hang onto that because that light and love will never be extinguished and will always remain in your heart. I am so thankful that you pass on the wonderful lessons he taught you to the rest of us. May you and your family feel God’s peace and comfort as you bid him farewell and mourn the loss of his physical presence among you. Praise be to God for the life and legacy of your father, Alfred Clement Bell.

  8. Gail Marshall

    Dear Steve and family. And your pain right now is acute. Keep in mind the great reunion that will take place when it is your turn to depart this earthly place. Your father will be there to welcome you in that place that has been especially prepared for you. You are in my prayers.

  9. Helen

    Steve, I’m sorry for your great loss. Incredible sadness and grief.
    May you know that you are held in the Great Love especially at this time.

  10. Michael Dalton

    I just returned from a walk where I asked God to comfort you and your mom. I know from the bits of information that you shared over the years how much he meant to you and others. It reminds me of Story & Song, Volume 1, when you talk about how your dad supported you even when he might not have agreed with some of your choices. He came to listen when you were first starting out. I would enjoy another volume in that series as that first one helped me to know you and your dad. God’s peace be multiplied to you and your family.

  11. Duce Cindy

    Holding you and your family close in my heart. May your mom, especially, receive all that God has promised. He will defend, cherish and care for her. He is her Husband now. I was widowed at the age of 42 and He has remained ever so close and faithful.

  12. Mokihana

    Steve, I’m sending my deepest condolences. I think of your stories about your dad at Drumheller Prison…especially the one about how he let that one prisoner give his testimony that you talk about in your “Drumheller Circle Story”. What an amazing man your dad was.

    May the peace of God encircle you and your family at this time.

  13. Anne Mimee

    Dear Steve,

    I want to send my sincere condolences to you and your family for the loss of your dear father Alfred Clement Bell. He has such a lovely smile and has left a wonderful legacy for you to remember. Thank you for you music which I listen to often. I played the many CD’s every day while visiting my husband Tom at the Perley and Rideau Veterans’ home over the last year. It was so comforting. Tom died August 1, 2019 just a day after your Dad so they are both with our Lord now.

    May the peace of the Lord be with you always.

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