Vale Joe Bell

On behalf of the BFUA Board, I wish to advise members of the passing of life member Joe Bell, who passed away in the Mercy Hospital on Friday 15th November.

Joe’s football and umpiring achievements include:

  • Played football for Opportunity and Preston Wanderers in Preston District Junior FA.
  • Began umpiring 1967 - VFL Reserve Grade (Boundary).
  • VFL Reserve Grade 1967-69 (Boundary), 1970-72 (Goal), 
  • 1971 and 1972 VFL Reserve Grade Grand Finals
  • Life Member VFL Reserve Grade Umpires Association (1973)  
  • VFLUA 1973-76
  • Heritage No. 161 
  • 73 VFL matches (inc 4 finals)
  • 1974 VFL Grand Final 
  • Goulburn Valley Football UA 1993-96.
  • Also umpired cricket - Jika Cricket Association 1969-70, Victorian Cricket UA 1971-72.

Joe’s involvement with the Ballarat Football Umpires Association ranged between 1977-1993 and included the following:

  • Advisor Ballarat Football Umpires Association, 1979.
  • Executive service with Ballarat Football UA - Committee and President 1980-83, Social
  • Secretary 1984-86, Apprenticeship Scheme Controller, Life Member 1989.

Our condolences are with family and friends of Joe.

A service will be held at St James Anglican Church, Thornbury. The service will take place on Monday 25th November, 2019 at 2:00pm.


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