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Friends and family gather in Austintown for funeral of umpire Wally Bell

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AUSTINTOWN, Ohio - Loved ones and baseball fans remember Major League umpire and Valley native Wally Bell, who was laid to rest in his hometown Sunday.

Austintown Fitch High School was the gathering place for family and friends to pay their final respects. Bell died Monday after suffering a massive heart attack.

Relatives say Wally was blessed, because he got to do what he loved everyday.

"He got to live his passion, he didn't have a job," Charles Bell says, Wally's brother. "He was a big kid that was doing what he loved, whether it was on the field or off the field, and that was making other people feel special." 

The 48-year-old was a major league umpire for 21 years and had just completed working the Pirates - Cardinals series. Highlights from his career include working the 2006 World Series and the 1997 and 2000 All Star Games. 

Bell leaves two young children, two brothers and a sister.

A moment of silence was observed Tuesday at both Major League Baseball Series games for Bell.


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