Bella  Lynch

Bella Lynch

Friday, July 3rd, 1925 - Monday, February 3rd, 2020
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Bella Lynch
With sadness, we share that our mother passed peacefully on February 3, 2020, at Northwood in Halifax, NS.
Bella was born in 1925 in Saint John, NB. Shortly after, her family—parents Pearl and Samuel Pont and her six siblings—moved to Montreal where she spent her youth. In Montreal, she met her dashing husband Hubert Lynch who studied music at McGill University. They married in Montreal in 1947 and later settled in Yarmouth, NS. In Yarmouth, Bella was an avid bridge player, a social butterfly, and a fabulous Jewish cook. She relished long kitchen sessions labouring over varenikis (perogies), knishes, and blintzes for her family to devour. Thank goodness, we have her recipes.Hubert passed in 1983, leaving Bella a widow at 58. Three years later Bella moved to Toronto to be close to two of her daughters. There, she developed and enjoyed a steady companionship with Al Goorevitch. In 2006, Bella began losing short-term memory. Unflinching through her dementia, she developed a wonderful upbeat personality and wicked sense of humour. Consequently, she was loved by the community at Forest Hill Retirement Home in Toronto, always dancing her way through music programs as the “Bella of the Ball”. In November 2018, Bella moved to Halifax, NS, close to where most of her family now reside. There, she lived at Evan Hall and then Northwood. Bella is survived by her three daughters, Renee Lyons (Gareth Harding), Roseann Fine (David), Patti Durkee (Tom). She was a wonderful Bubby to her six grandchildren, Tahir (Barbi), Natalie, Adam (Marla), Jordan (Jules), Haley, and Jillian, and Great Bubby to Aaliyah and Eleanor. Bella will be buried in Yarmouth at a private family service. Donations to the IWK Hospital in Halifax or PCD Foundation would be appreciated.Online condolences may be sent to: or you may sign the guestbook on-line at:
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    Yarmouth Mountian Cemetery
    Parade Street
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    Yarmouth Mountain Cemetery
    Parade Street
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Brian Lawley

Posted at 06:07pm
We first met Bella at our Cafe in Northwood and Instantly became best friends. We shared many laughs and many dances. We will cherish her memory. Thank you Renee and Natalie for sharing Bella's kind soul with us.

Brian & Celeste

Patti Durkee Posted at 08:55pm

Thank you so much Brian and Celeste.

Lina Gilis Zatzman

Posted at 06:34pm
When I walked down the aisle, by myself, at my wedding everything was a blur until I saw Belle's smiling face. That beautiful smile is also my last memory of her when Ruth and I left the nursing home in Toronto. Beautiful memories of a beautiful woman.

Patti Durkee Posted at 08:56pm

Thank you Lina! Such great memories!

rosalie indig

Posted at 04:14pm
Dear Renee, Roseann and Patti:
Please accept my sincere sympathy upon the passing of your dear mom. She definitely was one in a million....always sooo friendly, fun, happy and her zest for life is something we can all learn from. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this most difficult time.

Patti Durkee Posted at 08:56pm

Thanks Ro!

Gwen Corning Nickerson

Posted at 12:50pm
Dear. Patti, Tom and Family, Our thoughts are with you at this time. Please accept our condolences. The Corning Family

Patti Durkee Posted at 08:57pm

Thank you very much Gwen.

Valerie Shapiro

Posted at 09:20pm
Rose, Laura and Val Shapiro send our condolences on the passing of your lovely Mom. Mom remembers her on a camel in Israel and that she was a terrific bridge player. The wonderful memories replace the sadness in time.

Patti Durkee Posted at 08:59pm

Thanks so much Valerie, Laura and Rose, best regards to your mother who had the cleanest oven racks ever. Mom borrowed them for Roseann's wedding and was worried that they wouldn't be clean enough when they were returned. The funny things we remember.

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