1922 ~ Frank Richards Bell ~ 1996
Frank Richards Bell was born
February 17, 1922 in Elizabeth, New Jersey, son of two very enterprising
parents, Frank Washington Bell who owned a trucking business, and Sarah Jane
Malson Bell, a hard-working entrepreneurial seamstress. He was the middle child
between his older brother, Julian and his sister, Isabella. Having grown up
during the depression, Frank learned
to fend for himself early in his lifetime.
graduation from high school and holding several jobs, he met his future bride,
Doris Dunn, in Washington, D.C. They married on January 17, 1943, made Brooklyn
their home, and began their family of four daughters: Lynnette, Annyce, Caralyn
Frank enjoyed a
varied background as a carpenter, electronics engineer and master machinist,
but his desire to become self-sufficient — just as his parents did — inspired him
to listen to that inner voice which guided him back to school where he studied mortuary science and became a Licensed Funeral Director on December 4, 1951.
For 17 years, Frank was
cultivating himself in the field of funeral service as a trade embalmer and
co-owner of a funeral home. Finally in 1957, he realized his long-awaited dream
of owning his own business. The doors of the establishment bearing his name,
Frank R. Bell Funeral Home, Inc., were opened and the business would begin to flourish.
Though this life-changing/challenging hindrance occurred, Frank was pretty creative. He created
many unique ways of adjusting to these obstacles in order to overcome the
He exemplified the meaning of his name - honest, direct and unpretentious. By the
same token, he accepted people just as they were, never trying to change them.
life for him was no “crystal stair”, he never let any circumstance deflect or
deter him from his goals. He chose to live life on his own terms, right up to
his last breath on Tuesday, July 9th, 1996 when he embraced victory
over death … which brings us to the other (original) meaning of the name FRANK ... FREE MAN!!!