John Bell Obituary, London Ontario, (1955-2024) – Death Notice And Visitation

Death: John Bell Obituary – 1955–2024: The Years of John Arthur Bell On March 28th, only a few weeks away from his 69th birthday, we are saddened to inform you that John Bell, a revolutionary throughout his entire life and a devoted contributor to Socialist Worker, passed away. For several decades, John’s regular column “Left Jab” employed a combination of razor-sharp analysis and humor. This combination served to provide activists with ammunition, and at times, comedic respite, as they confronted the numerous catastrophes that capitalism has caused.

John spent his whole childhood in London, Ontario, where he was born. “he was born into what was billed as a “middle class” family, in what is still considered to be a thoroughly “middle class” city, smack in the middle of the 1950s,” he said.  “If there ever should have been a poster-child for capitalism triumphed, it should have been me…. My father was a high school teacher, and my mother was a licensed nurse who stayed at home to raise four children who were a nuisance. Instead, he found himself unwaveringly committed to the politics of international socialism; this was the result of his trajectory.

Since he was a young child, his aunt, who worked as a librarian for children, encouraged him to develop a passion for reading and education. In the course of his studies at the university, he came upon the writings of Karl Marx, which he studied with great excitement. He made a witty remark, saying, “Marx led to Lenin.” There is no doubt that Marxism is a gateway philosophy.

It was there that he came into contact with the International Socialists and the concept that the societies that existed in what was then the Soviet Union or China were not socialism but rather “state-capitalist,” and that the workers in such societies were just as exploited and oppressed as those in the West. John was compelled to become an organized socialist as a direct result of the insurrection that took place in Poland in 1980-1981 among shipyard workers against the Stalinist authorities.

“Either you supported the workers or you supported the generals and their tanks that were attempting to crush the strike,” he continued. The majority of those on the left, to their shame, supported the tanks, and they portrayed the Polish workers who rebelled against the government as operatives of the Vatican or the CIA. Throughout history, ideas and organizational skills have been put to the test. In Canada, the International Socialists were the only socialist organization that emerged victorious from the Solidarnosc test.

joined because he was convinced that it was an organization that actually did what it said it would do.
Throughout the subsequent decades, John developed It is with a heavy heart that I must inform everyone that John Bell passed away this morning at 2:00 AM. This information is being communicated to you under the authority of President Dee. A Celebration of Life will be conducted at American Legion Post 158 immediately after John’s burial in Bay Pines National Cemetery, which will take place at a date that has not yet been agreed upon.

Donations to Bay Pines Hospice or American Legion Boys State are wanted in place of flowers, according to President Dee’s desire. It is possible to send greeting cards to the home address of President Dee, which is provided in the Unit Guide.  will make sure that everyone is informed as soon as  understand the time and location of the burial. Your thoughts and prayers are requested to be maintained for Dee and her family.


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