It is with great sadness that I have to inform you that our dear friend and colleague Ian Bell, peacefully died on the 8th June 2020 at his home with his family around him.
He was diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumor in February which was sadly inoperable. He has remained so gentle and gracious throughout his illness despite having one hurdle after another. He has a wonderful and very devoted family who are a credit to him and their strength and unity have been inspirational throughout this time.
Words cannot express nor do justice as to how much he is going to be missed as a wonderful, caring GP, colleague and friend. I am sure his patients will be as devastated as we all are. He has worked at the practice for nearly 29 years and has made such a difference to so many people throughout his career. He has worked tirelessly to improve the local health economy through his work in the CCG and also from his previous work in out of hours and as a police surgeon.
Ian's son and daughter have set up a Just Giving Page for The Childrens Brain Tumour Research Centre in the University of Nottingham where he trained.
Both Ian's family and the practice would like to thank everyone for their kind support over the last couple of months.
A Message from Joe and Milly, Ian's children
" Having been diagnosed with a glioblastoma in February, our wonderful Dad- Ian- sadly passed away on 8th June 2020, surrounded by his family at home.
We could not be prouder of the bravery and stoicism with which he faced his illness, and we know that he would want to be remembered in a way that would benefit others. As University of Nottingham alumnus, we know that Dad would have been proud to donate to this research centre.
Our Dad was a much-loved doctor for over 30 years. He served the community at Lee-on-the-Solent as a GP for almost 29 years, and we know that our Dad has helped countless people and their families, often through very difficult times themselves. He was very touched by all of the messages he received from his patients, and we take great comfort in knowing how many people recognised his kindness, patience and dedication to making the world a better place.
We cannot wait to entertain our children- Rupert and Iris- with tales of their wonderful 'Papa Moon' and take them to his favourite places in the south of France, where he and Mum went on holiday every year. Together, we will drink wine, play Scrabble, gaze at the stars, and remember him.
We will say goodbye to our Dad on Thursday 18th June in a small service, and we will then plan to celebrate his life together in June 2021 with what Dad wanted- a huge party!
We are asking that, rather than gifting flowers for the funeral, if you wish to make a contribution in our Dad's memory, we know that he would love it if you could support the charity that we have chosen.
We will continue to support our chosen cause with various fundraising activities, all of which we will do for our fantastic Dad.
Joe and Milly"