Francis C. Bell “PJ”, 79 died February 25, 2023, with his family by his side following a brief illness.
He was born November 23, 1943, in Canton, OH to Francis Henry and Margaret Irene Delores Bell. He attended St. Mary’s Church and school as a child with his family. He graduated from Central Catholic High School in 1961.
PJ could accomplish anything he set his mind to do, from bull riding to building toboggan slides with his lifelong friends at Bear Creek. He started his own business - PJ’s Body & Welding, in 1977, and invented a design for a patented cycle carriage for towing motorcycles. He was a welder by trade, and this was the inspiration to his many accomplishments in life. His business has grown into a successful precision metal fabrication and powder coating operation (PJ’s Fabricating, Inc), that continues to be family run and operated.
He was fearless in every adventure he pursued and lived his best life. His hobbies and interests included motorcycles, dirt bikes, dune buggies, and snowmobiling and good rock-n-roll/blues music.
He is survived in death by his children, Teresa (Kevin) Pollard, Brandy Moore, Jennifer (Benjamin) Turner, Francis P (Rebecca) Bell, and Kathleen (Sam) Nelson; his grandchildren, Amber Greene, Magena Wasilewski, Allison Pollard, Khord Moore, Kennedy Moore, Abigail Turner, Levi Turner, Hadley Turner, Kory Bell, Xane Nelson, and Zeke Nelson and numerous great grandchildren. He is also survived by his siblings, Kathleen Hohler and Raymond Bell.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Margaret Irene Delores Bell and Francis Henry Bell; his siblings, Danny Bell, Timothy Bell, and MaryAnn Boughner.
Calling hours will be held at Kreighbaum-Sanders Funeral Home in Canton South on March 05, 2023, from 11:00AM – 3:00PM. There will be no funeral service per his request. A celebration of his life will be hosted at the Canton South Social Hall at 4845 Wiseland Ave. SE Canton, OH 44707 immediately following the conclusion of his calling hours.
Arrangements are entrusted to Kreighbaum-Sanders Funeral Home, 4041 Cleveland Ave S, Canton, OH 44707. Friends and family may share condolences and memories online at www.sandersfuneralhomes.com.
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