Dedication to: Spencer Bell 1958. The Carnegie Trust Hero Award

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The late Spencer Bell (1958) former Chairman of the IOBA.

We have just received a message from Wendy Bell about The Carnegie Trust Hero Award, which Spencer has been awarded.

Spencer will be honoured on the 17th July 2015 at Metropolitan Police Sports Ground, Aldenham Road, Bushey, Hertfordshire WD23 2TR.  Timmings TBC.

Wendy has asked if we can muster numbers from the IOBA for the presentation, *we need numbers by the beginning of June.

Please contact: Martyn Hunt 82/85 (IOBA Vice Chairman)

Would be great to see as many there to help celebrate this amazing mans life!

A great honour to a great man.

More information about it can be found at:


It is with great sadness that I inform you of the tragic death of Spencer Bell (1958) former Chairman of the IOBA.

Some of you may have heard of the terrible accident on the M1 in the Watford area on Friday 30st January 2014.  Spencer was that Good Samaritan who stopped his car and ran to the aid of the individual who jumped off of a bridge onto the carriageway below. In carrying out this brave act, Spencer was unfortunately struck by a car and killed. Such was the mark of the man, he put his own life at risk to try and save that of another.

I have written to Wendy to pass on our sincerest condolences and of course to offer our support to her during this dreadful time.

I would ask that you all pray for Spencer and Wendy and I will update you all via these means and the website in the next day or so.

Yours ever

Bill O’Leary Chairman IOBA

Spencer Bell 1958

Donations in Spencer’s Memory:

Friday 14th February at 11.20.

Hundreds of mourners turned out to Spencer’s funeral. There were so many will-wishers some had to stand outside in the pouring rain to show their respect.

Family, friends and former colleagues poured into West Hertfordshire Crematorium in Garston this morning (14th February) to pay tribute to him.

Three Metropolitan Honda VFR1200F police motorcycles escorted the coffin through Watford to the grounds of the Crematorium, in addition to the presence of a police helicopter which circled the church as the coffin was being taken out of the hearse.

IOBA Standard Bearer Marc Hardman 1961 was on parade.

A sad day, of which many of us were grateful to have been part of.

Names of Indefatigable attendees: Roger Astley 45/46, Marc Hardman 1961 IOBA Standard Bearer, Jon Pope 61/62 & Jane Pope, Tom Keyes 63/64: IOBA Treasurer & Membership, Bill O’Leary 74/76: IOBA Chairman, Tony Eastham 75/76: IOBA Newsletter Editor, Steve Humphries 75/76: Secretary & Archives, Steve Paris 76/78, Martyn Hunt 82/85, Nick Undy 83/86 & Angela Lewis IOBA friend.

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One Response to “Dedication to: Spencer Bell 1958. The Carnegie Trust Hero Award”

  • Steve Humphries:

    Today at Spencer Bell’s funeral, which was a great send off, it was suggested we have a ‘Vibrant Friday Evening’ the night prior to the Reunion every year in memory of Spencer, to this end if possible would people wear brightly coloured shirts i.e. Hawaiian etc.

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