10th August 2017

It is with sadness that we announce the death of Barrymore Bell, more commonly known as Barry on Sunday 6 August, aged 80.

Barry was born in Newcastle-on-Tyne on 13 September 1936. He was a third-generation Adventist on both sides of his family, his paternal grandparents having been baptised in Newcastle in 1910 and his maternal grandmother in about 1925 in Watford. Just before the war started Barry's father moved his family to Watford where he worked for de Havilland as an aircraft engine inspector during and after the war and Barry attended Stanborough Park School.

On leaving school, Barry began an apprenticeship at The Stanborough Press in 1952 as a compositor. Five years later, he was obliged to do National Service, but was fortunate enough to be able to complete this duty with the Adventist family firm R Nash and Son, timber hauliers, in the sleepy village of Croscombe, just outside the City of Wells and Somerset. During that time, he met his future wife, Beryl Rowett, a local girl from Wells. Beryl was baptised shortly before their wedding in June of 1960.

Barry and Beryl began their married life in Watford, where Barry resumed work at the Press as compositor in 1960, then steadily worked his way up to become proof reader in 1970, then copy editor in 1984. During this time the family grew, with children Stephanie and David. On 3 January 1964, a fire devastated part of the Press building and the workforce tidied up the resultant mess and could carry on production just three days later. However, the decision was made to relocate the business to the Midlands and so in 1966 the Bells moved, along with the rest of the Press family, to Grantham in Lincolnshire.

Barry was one of several young men of the Adventist community who gave up their time and talents in the building of the new Grantham church and school, under the leadership of their pastor, Philip Anderson. Dudley House Church and School were dedicated in 1970. During the fifty years since that move to Grantham, Barry worked hard for the church, in the roles of deacon and head deacon. He enjoyed being on door duty, welcoming people as they arrived, always with a friendly smile and a firm handshake. He was always on hand to help. For many years he would put up Bible verses above the platform using large polystyrene letters that he'd cut himself. Every year he organised and labeled racks for the members' Christmas cards.

After over 36 years of faithful service to the Press Barry officially retired in July 1998 but continued to work for the improvement of his local church and community. He was involved in the local community, giving many years of service to Grantham's Talking Newspaper for the blind. In 2016, during Grantham's 50th anniversary celebrations, Barry and Beryl both received awards for their long service to the church, presented by the Mayor of Grantham, Councillor Linda Wootten.

Barry is survived by his wife of 57 years Beryl, children Stephanie and David and their families Jonathan and Philip, and David, Sue and Sophie.

The funeral service will take place at 11:15 am on Thursday 24 August, at the Grantham Seventh-day Adventist Church, 14 Dudley Rd, Grantham, NG31 9AA, followed by a family burial, and then refreshments in the church hall. Donations in lieu of flowers to Dementia UK.

[Stephanie Anderson and David Bell]

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