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Goodbye, yellow van man

Steve Bell and his VW Westfalia were fixtures on Sunset Avenue


Last updated 10/31/2019 at 9:28am

Brian Soergel

Steve Bell's yellow VW van, parked in front of his rooming house in Esperance.

Every town has its characters.

Steve Bell, who parked his yellow VW Westfalia on the Sunset Avenue bluff in Edmonds just about every day for years, was among them. In Bell's case, the van – a dab of mustard against the blue Puget Sound – was as distinct as its owner: Friendly enough to curious passers-by, but a mystery to those who could only see an old man by the side of the road.

But a few curious souls did reach out, and they are remembering the retired gent who died at home last week at 77.

"In the busyness of life, it's easy to overlook the impact certain people have on our lives,"...

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