June 27th 2009
James Edward Bell: 31 January 1964 14 June 2009
On 14 June 2009, James Edward Bell Jim beloved husband to Danielle and father of beautiful daughters, Stefanie, Bianca, Luisa and Renata, passed away in the palliative care unit of the Mayo Clinic hospital in Phoenix, Arizona, after a courageous four month battle against an ugly strain of cancer.
Jim had worked for the United Nations since 2001, as a Crime Scene Investigator and later on Security Advisor and served on peacekeeping missions in East Timor and Afghanistan. Prior to his service with the United Nations, Jim worked with the NSW police as a senior constable and before that with the Australian Department of Defense as an Investigator/Crime Scene examiner. His successful global career and service to his country stemmed from his strong work ethic and commitment to helping others.
Jim was deeply loved by his wife, daughters, mother, family and friends and will be dearly missed by all who knew him. He will be fondly remembered as a loving and devoted husband, a fun loving, cuddly and wonderful father and a loyal friend.
Jim and Danielle have been residents of Magnetic Island since 2007and the family has countless fond memories of the island.
A memorial service was held for Jim at The Oaks Catholic Church (St. Aloysius) Camden, Wollondilly, NSW Australia on Wednesday 24th June. His wife and children have returned to Magnetic Island to put his ashes at the Magnetic Island Memorial Gardens and also scatter his ashes at West Point beach, the family's favourite spot.