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BELL, Thomas N., Sr. was born on February 11, 1949 in Portsmouth, Virginia to the late Margaret B. Council and James Council. He was educated in the Portsmouth Public School system. He met the love of his life, Phyllis L. Bell during his adolescent years and made it his mission to “marry that woman”. In 1968, he fulfilled this promised and married his eternal love and moved shortly thereafter to Boston, Massachusetts where they raised their 5 children.

Thomas was known for his “southern-charm”, ability to infiltrate any conversation with laughter, infectious smile, love for life, strength and resilience. He loved to sing, listen to music and watch television in his downtime at the highest decibel possible. Life was a “party” and Thomas enjoyed being the person to hand-deliver the party invitations. He was the type that would give you the shirt off his back and walk home in the cold. He believed in family and the special job he held with regards to being the peacemaker, fixer, and “savior” to his grandchildren.

He coined the following phrases: “Who me, would I lie”, “Stop shucking and jiving”, “I like you, I’d like to, “Your my ace boon-coon” and “Gots to be more careful”. He had an eye for flawlessly coordinating the color of his hat with his shoes.

Thomas was diagnosed with lung cancer in April 2019. He fought hard to outmatch his cancer but he lost his footing and succumbed to his illness in the early morning hours on December 30, 2019 with his family by his side.

Thomas leaves to cherish his memory, three loving daughters, Alexis Bell of Boston, Massachusetts, Danita Bell-Huggins (Michael) of Randolph, Massachusetts, Tomisha Cook (Jason) of Middleborough, Massachusetts; two sons, Thomas N. Bell Jr. of Medford, Massachusetts and Kendall Bell of Boston, Massachusetts; his only living sibling, Marion Cain (Larry) of Norfolk, Virginia; nine grandchildren, five great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend a visitation period on Saturday, January 18, 2020, from 10:00 - 11:00 AM in the Liberty Life Church, 145 Bodwell St., Avon, immediately followed by a Funeral Service at 11:00 AM. There will be a public graveside service at Oak Lawn Cemetery, 427 Cummings Highway, Roslindale, Massachusetts, 02131. Thomas’ repass will be held immediately following the interment at Liberty Life Church, 145 Bodwell Street, Avon, Massachusetts, 02322. All are welcome to attend.

The family wishes to thank all of those who cared for Thomas spiritually, emotionally and physically during his battle with lung cancer.

Arrangements provided by Cartwright Funeral Home of Randolph, Massachusetts and Liberty Life Church of Avon, Massachusetts.

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