2017-01-26 / Obituaries

Barry Bell

Mariposa resident Barry Fitzgerald Bell died Jan. 9, 2017.

At his request, no service will be held.

Barry was born March 2, 1946, in Berkeley, Calif., to Malcolm and Elizabeth (Sronce) Bell.

Barry could accomplish anything he decided to do. He loved restoring cars and was especially particular about the paint finish.

He also had a love of trains (especially SP) and set up a number of HO gauge model railroad layouts. He loved boats, ships, airplanes, backhoes — most anything with an engine. He was also an amateur radio operator.

Barry graduated from San Ramon Valley High School in Danville where he lettered in swimming. He earned a BS in Biological Science at Cal State, Hayward.

Barry served in the United State Naval Reserve as a Sonar Technician for five years with two years active duty. After his active duty, Barry went back to school in a Master’s Program in Environmental Biology.

Barry became what was called, at that time, a “Sanitarian” and he moved to Merced to work for the Merced County Health Department. In 1977 he started his own consulting business.

The next year he purchased Environmental Consultant Service from Mariposa resident Herb Davis. Barry assisted clients throughout northern California in developing their properties. His focus was on the Mother Lode counties.

Barry was a specialist in percolation testing, soil classification and on-site sewage disposal system design and installation. He also researched and wrote environmental impact reports.

In 1981 he and Nancy moved to Mariposa — his base of operation for over 35 years. He loved helping his clients. Barry also worked for the California Department of Health Services as the Mariposa County Sanitarian from 1984 to 1990.

He and his wife, Nancy, built their Mariposa home and subsequent additions, and it was here that they enjoyed hosting family and friends. Barry had a number of cats and dogs over the years and he truly loved his pets.

He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Nancy.

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