Bob Bell, auto dealer, dies at 78

Bob Bell

In October 2010, Bob Bell cut the ribbon for the opening of his Chevy showroom at Kane Street and North Point Blvd. Photo by Jacqueline Watts

Bob Bell, one of Baltimore’s elder statesmen in business, and the owner of several automotive dealerships in the area, died of leukemia on Sunday. He was 78.

Bell had been feeling unwell for a short time, said his son-in-law, George Davis, but the diagnosis, which was received on Friday evening, was entirely unexpected.

“Obviously, it was very quick, but there was enough time for him to say goodbye to his wife and his five daughters,” said Davis.

According to Davis, Bell loved the automotive business, and put a great deal of emphasis on its reputation, and his own.

“If customers had an issue or a problem, he wanted them to call him directly,” he noted. “He also looked at his employees like they were family. He loved his family and he loved the people he worked with.”

According to Davis, Bell left instructions that the business he had started in his name would go on after his death.
“That was one of his last wishes, that we carry on his legacy,” he noted.

Bell leaves behind his wife, Rosemarie, to whom he was married for 60 years at the time of his death, and their five daughters: Susie Davis, Terry Moorby, Patty Flynn, Nancy Fitzpatrick and Mary Catherine Bishop. Additional survivors include 19 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Bell, who was a Howard County resident, also loved spending time with his dog, Lacey, added Davis.

A viewing will be held on Wednesday, 2 p.m.-4 p.m. and 7 p.m.-9 p.m. at the Gary Kaufman Funeral Home in the Meadow Ridge Memorial Park, 7250 Washington Blvd. in Elkridge. Services will take place on Thursday at 10:30 a.m. at St. Louis Catholic Church, 12500 Clarksville Pike in Clarksville. Interment will be private.

Donations may be made to the University of Maryland Medical Center, 110 S. Paca Street, Baltimore, Md. 21201, with attention to “Leukemia Study/Bob Bell.”

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