'A beautiful soul': Rupert teen remembered


Readers: This story was updated on June 20 with funeral arrangements.

RUPERT — Isaac Bell is being remembered by his family and friends as a bright, funny and hard-working young man who lit up any room he entered.

"Isaac is a beautiful soul, and I can't speak like he's no longer with us because it hurts to much," his older brother Damian Bell told the Journal on Monday. "He had a heart of gold and wanted nothing but the best for everyone around him. He loved his family and his girlfriend's family dearly and did everything he could to do good by all of us."

Bell, 16, died Saturday afternoon in a single-car accident on Lang Road in Rupert. According to Vermont State Police, Bell lost control of his car while driving south on Lang Road. The car left the road and cleared an embankment before landing in a small creek and striking a tree.

Bell, who was not wearing a seat belt, suffered a fatal head injury, police said.

His passing has hit the tight-knit family hard, Damian Bell said.

"We are all struggling terribly and are still trying to understand how this happened and how we're supposed to survive without him. He is everything to this family. Everyone is devastated and every minute without him feels like a lifetime," Damian Bell said.

Isaac Bell, the youngest of three brothers, leaves behind his parents and a girlfriend, Bridget Koscinski-Dufresne, who is pregnant with the couple's son. Through Damian Bell, Koscinski-Dufresne said their son will bear the name Isaac had picked out for him: Asher Allen Bell.

Isaac had been working steadily to provide for his coming child, his brother Damian said, and had charted a vocational training path through the Northlands Job Corps Center in Vergennes, "where he was going to learn to weld everything known to man."

"He had determination to succeed and make something of himself and create a life for his girlfriend, who he planned to marry when he turned 18, and his son that is on the way. He worked a full-time job at McDonald's, sometimes working over 40 hours a week," Damian Bell said.

Isaac Bell had attended Poultney High School, Salem (N.Y.) Central School and the Tutorial Center in Manchester before his acceptance into the Job Corps, his brother said.

Isaac's interests were welding and auto body mechanics, and he enjoyed math, reading and writing, video games and spending time with his family, his brother said.

"He is so bright and he will forever be missed. Everyone that came to know Isaac or even talk to him briefly absolutely adored him," Damian Bell said.

Calling hours for Bell will be held Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the McClellan-Gariepy Funeral Home, 19 East Broadway, Salem, N.Y.   A graveside service will be at the Rupert Cemetery following the calling hours with Pastor Mike McKeighan officiating.


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