Well-known Duluth business leader Charlie Bell dies

By KBJR News 1

Well-known Duluth business leader Charlie Bell dies

February 25, 2014 Updated Feb 25, 2014 at 10:30 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - The Northland lost one of its leading citizens on Tuesday when Duluth businessman Charlie Bell suffered a massive heart attack.

The heart attack hit while the 64-year-old Bell was shoveling snow at his home.

Bell was a former president of the Duluth Chamber of Commerce and was also known for running Bell Brothers Funeral Home plus a residence for senior citizens.

He ran for Duluth mayor twice, losing close races to Herb Bergson and Don Ness.

Duluth City Councilor Sharla Gardener says via facebook that today is "a very sad day for Duluth - particularly West Duluth."

She goes on to say that "there was nobody more passionate about West Duluth than Charlie."

Funeral services are pending.

Duluth mayor Ness spoke out Tuesday afternoon on the passing of Charlie Bell.

Saying "...Charlie was a passionate community leader, a rare breed of a man who dared to dream big and then rolled up his sleeves to get the job done."

The mayor said Bell made a significant impact on behalf of seniors, public schools and his beloved West Duluth.