George Bedell was born and bred in New Silksworth. He was educated at New Silksworth Secondary Modern School. On completing an apprenticeship of five years in decoration and signwork, he was drafted into the Royal Army Ordnance Corps, for two years National Service. He returned to civilian life in 1958 working as a journeyman for A. Hector Grabham. After two years, he left to take up a position as a paint technologist in Billingham while teaching part-time at Sunderland College of Art. From there, he accepted a full-time lecturer’s appointment at South Shields Marine and Technical College in 1962.
He was awarded the MBE in the Birthday Honours List of 1989 for ‘services to the handicapped’.
From April 1992 to March 1996, he served as the Chairman of Sunderland Health Authority. Retiring from teaching in 1996 he started a new career: a tribunal member of the Armed Forces Compensation Chamber and Pensions Appeals Tribunal where he remained for twelve years.