It was on March 24th, 1922 when the late A.J. Bell originally ushered his family into the funeral services profession, opening an undertaking business in the family furniture store on McCullam Street in Newcastle, New Brunswick. Advertising "funeral supplies, caskets, funeral wreaths and flowers," A.J. Bell and Sons was on its way to becoming an institution among the communities along the famed Miramichi River, which today makes up the City of Miramichi. The business quickly expanded a short time later when Mr. Bell purchased the funeral business of Thomas Maltby and Sons from Margaret Maltby and Mary Gough.
Alfred Bell's sons Boyd, Wilson and Sterling joined their father in the funeral business and established the family tradition which we proudly maintain today as Bell's Funeral Home. Sterling Bell was responsible for a number of significant changes in the business over the years. Sterling erected the first self-standing funeral home chapel on the Miramichi in 1987, which is now dedicated in his name as the Sterling Bell Memorial Chapel. Today, Sterling's son-in-law Roy Walsh, owner and managing director of Bell's & Meadows Funeral Homes, along with Sterling's daughter Bonita (Bell) Roy and grandson Randy MacLean, strive to maintain both the important traditions and the very high standards passed on by the earlier generations of the Bell family. With over 95 years as a family business, we have very strong ties to the community and with the people we serve. As such, we are able to provide a great deal of moral and emotional support, as well as our professional services. Since 2002, Roy has incorporated Meadow's funeral home with Bell's funeral home, which services Sunny Corner and all surrounding areas. Roy is proud of the exceptional service that the Bell family has provided in the past, as well as the service that Roy and his staff continue to maintain today.
Roy F. Walsh
Bonita (Bell) Roy
Randy M. MacLean
Melanie (Cortes) Brophy