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Nicholas A. Bell

January 19, 1990 ~ July 27, 2019 (age 29)

Nicholas Aaron Bell was born on January 19, 1990 in Lackawanna, New York and after a year, moved to Columbia Maryland with his father, William Bell, his mother, Diane Quinn, and his older brother, Erik Bell. In 1996, the family moved to Rochester, New York to be closer to their extended family.

Two years later, his parents divorced, and he moved with his mother and brother back to Lackawanna. There, he attended Truman Elementary School, West Seneca Middle School, and West Seneca West for part of high school. In 2007, he moved in with his father in Colorado to finish high school at Boulder Prep High. After graduation, he traveled to Beijing for the 2008 Olympics with his father, his step-mother Ning, and his baby brother Jacob and walked on the Great Wall of China.

He moved back to Buffalo to live with his mother and Erik and joined the Marines reserve. He attended boot camp at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, and attended AIT at Jacksonville, North Carolina. He served for 7 years in the Marines Infantry 0311 out of Niagara Falls, New York as a heavy machine gunner with the unit India Company 3rd Platoon.

He was deployed as part of the War on Terror in Afghanistan in 2010 for 8 months and while there, he called his family almost every week on his platoon’s satellite phone. In 2017, after graduating from Buff State College, he did an internship in Colorado for Healthgrades, later joined Charter Communications as a DevOps Engineer, and in 2018 at Delaware North in Western New York.

He would put everyone before him, especially his kids Jamie and Christian. He always did everything he could so that they were happy and brought up well. Family was very important to him as he wanted his kids to have a relationship with his brothers Jacob and Zachary. He would always try to bring out the best in everyone and he made a lasting impact on almost everyone he met. His family remembers him as a goof ball, bringing joy where he went. He was passionate about music and would bond with his father while playing the drums and Guitar Hero. He loved to watch sports live and in person with friends and family.

Unfortunately, he was involved in a tragic car accident on July 27, 2019 and passed away.

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