Brian J. Bell, age 67, passed away March 19th, 2022 in Wheat Ridge, CO with his son and daughter at his side. He was born April 29th, 1954 to George and Mary Bell, the fifth of six children. Brian grew up in Cherry Hills Village and, according to his siblings, was “a lovable pain in the butt” who loved to swim and bike ride. After graduating from Cherry Creek High School, he spent most of his career in plumbing and heating where he liked to say he received his “Doctorate of Drains and Sewage.”
Brian married Vanessa Steele in 1986 and they raised their family together in Colorado over the next 18 years. Brian always had a great passion for soccer and never hesitated to inform refs of their bad calls while he played. He passed his skills and love for the game to both of his sons who played on teams as children while his daughter preferred challenging him in foosball—a game he adored playing with family and friends, often done so to the rocking vocals of AC-DC. Brian was often up early in the morning cheering on and watching his favorite team play (Liverpool F.C, of course). Cooking, music, dancing, golf, camping, Indianapolis and Formula-1 racing, and all things related to WW2 were a few of his many interests. More than anything, however, he loved spending time with his family.
Brian was preceded in death by his parents, Mary and George, and his furry best friend, Duncan. He is survived by his children, Jeremy, Crystal, and Taylor; son-in-law and daughter-in-law Patrick and Chrystal; his siblings Jim, Kevin, Alice, Cecilia, and Eileen; his many nephews and nieces; and his granddaughters, Lillyanna and Gracelyn. Brian’s family will be holding a private family service at Heflebower Funeral Services on March 25th at noon. The service will be livestreamed to the Heflebower YouTube page. Please follow this link for the livestream, which will start a few minutes before the service:
Family will be hosting a Celebration of Life at the Platte River Bar & Grill (5995 S. Santa Fe Dr. Littleton, CO 80120) from 4PM to 6PM for Brian’s friends and loved ones. While he always thought it would be funny to be propped in the corner and toasted during his wake, his family has decided sharing stories around his pictures will have to do instead (sorry, Dad).
In lieu of flowers, we ask that in honor of Brian you make a donation to:
The Airedale Terrier Rescue & Adoption
or Real Colorado Soccer through Colorado Gives: