Daniel J. Bell


Daniel J. Bell (October 4, 1952 – September 2, 2020)

Daniel J. Bell, 67, of Shady Side, MD died suddenly September 2, 2020 at his home.

Born October 24, 1952 in Biloxi, Mississippi he was the son of Anita (McDermott) Bell, of Fairfield, PA and the late William D. Bell.

Daniel held a PhD. in Botany from the University of Maine, and Masters and Bachelors degree from the University of Maryland in Botany, Biology and Ecology. He had been a Research Scientist at the Department of Agriculture where he expanded his dissertation findings on the genetics of wild blueberries. The Maine Agricultural and Forest Experiment Station supported his dissertation. As a musician Daniel played guitar and piano; sang and composed music over decades. He wrote and recorded at his home and had performed professionally earlier in his life. He leaves a wide range of recorded music and also his published scientific papers from his time in research.

Dan shared his music between friends and posted some of it here: https://www.soundclick.com/artist/default.cfm?bandID=461932&content=overview

In addition to his mother, Daniel is survived by his two brothers, Michael Bell and his wife Eunjeong Seong, Kevin Bell and his wife Barbara, his niece, Erin Monaghan, and his nephew, Conor Bell. His brother, Patrick Bell passed away in the crash of Swissair 111 in 1998.

A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held 11:00 AM, Wednesday, September 23, 2020 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 256 Tract Rd., Fairfield, PA with Fr. Peter DiTomasso Celebrant. Daniel will be buried with his father and brother in St. Mary’s Cemetery. The family will greet friends from 10:30 AM until the start of Mass Wednesday at the church. The Monahan Funeral Home is in charge of the funeral arrangements and online condolences may be made at monahanfuneralhome.com

This obituary was originally published here.