BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) _ The Rev. J. Bernard Fell, who helped bring the 1980 Winter Olympics to his hometown of Lake Placid N.Y., as head of the local Olympic Organizing Committee, died Tuesday after a battle with lung cancer. He was 63.

Fell, who moved from Lake Placid to Northfield, Vt., after the 1980 Olympics and served as pastor of the Northfield United Methodist Church, died Tuesday morning at Mary Fletcher Hospital in Burlington.

The minister was one of a group of local boosters nicknamed the North Country Boys who convinced the United States Olympic Organizing Committee to make Lake Placid the American choice and won approval from the International Olympic Committee for the Lake Placid site.

Fell was pastor of the Bloomingrove United Methodist Church before moving to Vermont, and was a Lake Placid police officer before he became a minister.

Funeral arrangements are being handled by Clark Funeral Home in Lake Placid. Services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday at Adirondack Community Church in Lake Placid. Burial will be in North Elba Cemetery.

Fell is survived by his wife, Doris Fell, and their two children.