Vito Luco Bell, Jr.
July 23, 1945 – July 14, 2019
Vito and Jacquie Bell have been part time residents in Big Canoe since 1996, sharing their time with a second home on St. George Island, Florida. An avid golfer, Bell played in Big Canoe with the ACES, spending much of his time perfecting his swing when he wasn’t fishing, sitting on the porch reading or sketching the mountain views and wildlife.
Born in Northampton, Mass., he received his bachelor’s degree from Western New England College in 1969 and went on to earn a master’s degree in financial planning.
Before his retirement Bell was an accomplished insurance executive for the CNA Insurance Co. in Chicago. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and served during the Vietnam War. He enjoyed traveling and cooking for his wife and family.
Bell died in his Big Canoe home, surrounded by his family, July 14 after a long battle with cancer.
He is survived by his wife of 40 years Jacqueline D.; daughter Leslie B. Short (Tim) and granddaughter Olivia, Smyrna, Ga.; son Geoffrey W. Bell, Atlanta; Alyssa B. Grant (Randy) granddaughter Madison, Tallahassee, Fla.; a brother James (Nancy), Belchertown, Mass.; sister Susan Bell, Fairfield, Calif., numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and good friends in Georgia and Florida.
In accordance with Bell’s wishes, a private service was held.