Rest in Peace Bryan Bell
Bladers, breakers, rappers, whatever you call yourselves… you’re part of the Bell family now.” — Gary Bell
At 5pm this afternoon we joined a roomful of some 150+ friends, family and community supporters that paid tribute to the life and achievements of Bryan Bell.
The two-hour memorial included footage of Bryan’s blade sections before an eye-opening photo slideshow showing Bryan from newborn to present day. Serving as centerpiece to the proceedings were heartfelt statements from sisters, nephews, nieces, and friends, closed out by Bryan’s father, Gary Bell.
Outside the auditorium, artifacts from Bryan’s life decorated the lobby. Here, a table Bryan made by hand as a young boy. There, a display showing loops of his videos and his blade magazine layouts and a pair of all-black Roces Fifth Elements.
The line to sign the guest book was long.
It was during this time after the memorial that faces emerged from the crowd: Chris Haffey, Eric Schrijn, Robert Lievanos, Jon Elliott, Nick Wood, Larry Fagan, Ernie Villarino, Gonzo Jacquez, Matt Mickey and many more.
As a longtime blade event attendee I can report that never had I seen so many bladers standing around with nothing to say. It was grim faces and firm handshakes. Dark shirts and darker sunglasses.
Bryan Bell’s memorial service left me and many other attendees speechless. Which seems strangely fitting, given that Bryan’s entire life pretty much had that very effect on everyone lucky enough to cross his path.
Rest in Peace, friend.
Photo by Jonathan Labez
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RIP B. BELL !!! : (
Someone should hold an memorial fundraising skating event to help the family out or have a memorial event for Bryan Bell every year maybe a good Ideal to remember someone that has impacted many skaters life and all people of all walks of life
The OG Reunion might turn into something in memory of Bryan for 2015, just FYI.
R.i.P my thoughts and prayers go out
The soul will go on life does not end for if it did you never existed at all. All human life defines what we see both what is and is to come with out this there is nothing.We will see those we love again. Bryan was an inspiration and brought us things we love to do on and off the camera and those things will hold with us forever.we look to hope in what is to come. Again RIP
r.i.p. Bryan Bell
One of the best!
Bryan was one of my dearest friends growing up. We traveled the world together. He was by far the most respectful and humble person I have ever known. I will miss you dearly my friend. Your in a better place now.