Police officer who “went extra mile”

Date: Monday 14th May 2018
Richard Bell
Richard Bell

RICHARD Bell, a former chief inspector who is said to have gone the extra mile in everything he did, has died aged 82.

Mr Bell, who was also known as “Dick”, was born to Joseph and Mabel in Flimby and had two siblings, the late Vera Edgar, of Cockermouth, and the late Robert, who lived at Ambleside. Mr Bell went to school in Cockermouth and after he left school was called up for national service which he spent in the Royal Navy.

Mr Bell joined the police when he was 22 and moved to Penrith when he was promoted in 1969. He went on to become chief inspector of the traffic department and retired after 30 years of service.

Mr Bell married Joan at Kendal Parish Church in 1958. They had one son, Ian, who passed away in 2011. He lived in Peebles with his wife, Louise.

Mr Bell had three grandchildren, Rachel Aitken, of Bathgate, Lucy Bell, of Blaydon and Verity Davies, also of Bathgate. He also had three great-grandchildren. In his free time, Mr Bell played golf, a sport he had enjoyed from a young age. Following his retirement, Mr Bell became secretary of Keswick Golf Club and went on to become captain at Penrith Golf Club.

In 1970, Mr Bell became a freemason and was initiated into Dalston Lodge. During his time as a freemason, he was worshipful master, past provincial grand senior warden and worshipful commander, after serving in all offices. He was also a member of St John’s Mark Lodge, Wigton, Monument Lodge, Penrith, and Inglewood Lodge, Penrith. He did a lot of charity work as part of his freemasonry.

Mr Bell enjoyed going on holiday, especially cruises, and in recent years fulfilled an ambition to visit the Fjords in Norway.

His family said he had patience in abundance, was caring, loved to laugh and always had time for people.

He is survived by his wife Joan, daughter-in-law Louise, grandchildren Rachel, Lucy and Verity, and three great-grandchildren.