Thomas D. Bell, 78, of Royal Oak for more than 50 years, died Saturday, Sept. 29, 2007, at William Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak. He was born July 18, 1929, in Detroit. Mr. Bell worked more than 30 years as an electrician with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), Local 58. He served in the U.S. Army in Fairbanks, Alaska, during the Korean War and was a member of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, Clawson. His grandchildren and great-grandchildren were the joy of his life. Surviving are his wife of 57 years, Patricia A. Schroeder, whom he wed at St. John's Episcopal; children, Richard (Debra) Bell of Clinton Township, James (Julaine) of Chesterfield Township, Sandra (Mark) Robinson of Brockway Township and Carol (David) Hammond of Fenton; sister, Betty Lou (Percy) Manhire of Royal Oak; 14 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Memorial visitation, 5-9 p.m. Friday, Wm. Sullivan & Son Funeral Home, 705 W. 11 Mile Road, Royal Oak; memorial service, 10:30 a.m. Saturday,St. Andrew's Episcopal, with the Revs. Harry Cook and Paul Hiyama officiating; memorials, Royal Oak Public Library St. Jude's Children's. Research Hospital or donor's choice of charity; online, www.sullivanfuneraldirectors.com.
Published in The Daily Tribune on Oct. 1, 2007.
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