One of the hardest things anyone can ever do is to tell one's friends about the passing of another, but sometimes it has to be done. I found out a couple of days ago from her mother that our good friend Suzi Bell, our beloved "Tinkerbell" or "Tink" was killed in a car crash on her way to show her pride and joy, her black Corvette convertible, in her first-ever show in Conshohocken, PA, on the morning of Saturday, June 5th. She was so excited about showing her car, and she sent me a message the day before about she had taken two days off of work just to detail the car to make sure it was perfect. While exiting a local expressway going to the show, the driver of a tractor-trailer apparently didn't see her car on his right when he realized that he was passing his exit. He veered suddenly to the right, physically pushing Suzi's car onto the shoulder of the highway, where it collided with a disabled car parked there at nearly 60 MPH, according to Police estimates.
Suzi was a fine young lady with a real zest for life. she really enjoyed her cars, and every car she ever owned (after the first one, which was a hand-me-down Toyota Camry her mother gave her) was a 2-seat convertible with a manual transmission. Her love for cars stemmed from her father's 1967 Corvette Roadster, which was integral in many of her fondest childhood memories. Her nickname was given to her by a friend of her father's. He thought "Tinkerbell" would be appropriate for a pixieish little girl with long blonde hair and the last name of Bell who wanted more than anything to "tinker" with her dad's car! Tink graduated from Villanova University three years ago and went to work immediately as a paralegal with a law firm she had interned with while in school. She moonlighted as a model, and had done advertising photo shoots for such high-profile companies as Victoria's Secret and Venus Swimwear (which was how a 25 year old paralegal could afford a condo on the Main Line and a Corvette!). Even with a background like that, Suzi was very much the "girl next door", never seeing herself as being above anyone else, as all her Motortopia friends will attest. I first met Suzi when she walked up to me at a gas station where I was filling my '66 Corvair. She wasn't familiar with Corvairs and she was curious about it. We ended up talking for over half an hour, and I invited her to join Motortopia so she could learn more about cars in general. She joined that evening.
Suzi was a Christian, and dearly loved her Lord. I know that she is up in Heaven with Jesus right now, resting in the palm of His hand. Her mom asked me to inform her friends about her passing, and I'd like to ask you all to share your thoughts and memories of our friend as comments on this blog posting.
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