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SPPH offers its condolences to the family of Carolyn Bell

Nov 07, 2016 |


The School of Population and Public Health would like to offer its condolences to the family of Carolyn Bell, who died last month after a battle with multiple myeloma.

As financial processing specialist in cluster 2, Mrs Bell was known as a positive, creative person to colleagues, who biked to stay fit, laughed a lot, and sewed in her spare time. She worked at UBC for 17 years in a number of departments, most recently prior to cluster 2 at Physical Therapy.

Faculty of Medicine associate director for finance, cluster 2, Devni De Silva said Carolyn brought life to others. She had a very friendly and lively personality and made everyone feel very welcome. “She is missed.”

Cluster 2 financial accounts manager Christina Chen said Mrs Bell worked hard and had an eye for detail, as well as a friendly working manner. “She laughed a lot, making our working place full of happiness.”

Mrs Bell knitted, sewed, and drew, creating animals and carriers for her nephew’s bike. “I am missing her, and will miss her. It is really sad to lose a good colleague and friend like Carolyn.”

Faculty of Medicine finance senior director Evie Mandel said Mrs Bell was a bubbly person, thoughtful and careful, thorough and creative. “I first met her with a bicycle helmet in her hand.”

Cluster 2 financial coordinator Anna Scales said Mrs Bell always made an effort to get to know people, and to find out what was bothering them and how to fix it, whether for workmates or her close friends and family. “She was a very easy person to get along with and always full of smiles.  I often had lunch with her and we talked about anything.”

Finance assistant Jackie Carpio said Mrs Bell was a lovely, cheerful and artistic person with a big heart, with whom she had a good connection from the start. She was a great team player, ready to help, detail-oriented and very dedicated, with great organizational skills who kept the office tidy with colorful signs and labels, Mrs Carpio said. “Carolyn was a very generous person, always ready to help others in any way. She donated her crafts and time regularly to organizations such as the SPCA. “

She was a great person and a good friend, Mrs Carpio said. “I am going to miss my friend Carolyn.”

Mrs Bell is survived by her husband Tyler Davidson, mother Elsbeth and step-father John Andersen, mother-in-law Pam Davidson, sister and brother Sarah and Scott Andersen, brother-in-law Damian Andrews, brother-in-law Duke Davidson and his wife Katrina Davidson, godmother Elizabeth Diachun and family.

In lieu of flowers or financial assistance, the family has asked that people instead donate to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation.

If you would like to send a card, or any words to the family, please email spph.communications@spph.ubc.ca and we will pass on contact information.

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