Richard Lee Bell, 44, owner of construction firm

October 30, 2003

Richard Lee Bell, owner of a construction firm, died of a heart attack Sunday at Anne Arundel Medical Center. The Cape St. Claire resident was 44.

Born in Annapolis and raised in the Hollywood section of Severna Park, Mr. Bell attended St. John the Evangelist Parochial School and was a 1975 graduate of St. Mary's High School in Annapolis.

He became a master electrician and about 15 years ago founded R.L. Bell Contractors, which he operated from his home.

Mr. Bell enjoyed hunting and was a member of the Maryland Saltwater Sportfishermen's Association.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. today at Barranco and Sons Severna Park Funeral Home, at Ritchie Highway and Robinson Road.

Survivors include his wife of 22 years, the former Melanie Merson; a son, Richard Bell of Annapolis; three daughters, Melanie Nelson of Omaha, Neb., and Tammie Denham and Tracie Bell, both of Cape St. Claire; his parents, Oliver R. and Elizabeth Bell, and a brother, John Bell, all of Cape St. Claire; and a granddaughter.

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