Bruce Stootley Hall

January 20, 1949December 29, 2020

Bruce S Hall, 71, of Oneonta, NY passed away Tuesday, December 29, 2020 at Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown.

He spent several weeks in the hospital battling COVID pneumonia and was initially responding well to treatment before he took a turn for the worse around Christmas. When it became clear that the extraordinary care of the Bassett medical staff was just not going to be enough, his daughter JoLaine was granted the ability to visit him in his final days.

Bruce was born on January 20, 1949 in Corinth, NY, the only son of the late William & Frieda (Bruce) Hall. Bruce graduated from Queensbury High School in 1967.

He began his post-secondary education at Hudson Valley Community College and finished at Siena College, graduating with a bachelor's degree in Sociology in 1974.

Bruce was a long-time employee of RJ Reynolds Tobacco Company while living in Guilderland, NY where he helped raise his two children. At that time, he was a Pine Bush Little League baseball coach and was heavily involved with the Helderberg Bassmasters Fishing Club.

He eventually moved to Oneonta, NY where he spent the last 25 years of his life working for the NY State Lottery from which he never retired.

A member of the Susquehanna Bass Association, Bruce was an avid fisherman who was happiest on his boat. He was a very active member of the Sons of the American Legion Post 259 in Oneonta. He enjoyed watching his favorite teams, the NY Giants & NY Mets, always best over a few beers.

Bruce was very generous and had a great sense of humor. For a man of his age, he was quite active and healthy which makes his death come as a deep blow to both friends and family.

Bruce is survived by his two children, William Hall & wife Julie of Golden, CO and JoLaine Hall & fiancé Isaac of Chelsea, MA; two grandchildren, Evolee & Trevor Hall of Golden, CO; four sisters, Billie Cirrincione (Joseph) of Annapolis, MD, Donna Ratzlaff (John) of Shawnee, KS, Gwendolyn McCarthy of Queensbury, NY, and Debra Wilcox of Fort Edward, NY; one aunt, Faith Bruce-Schermerhorn of Warrensburg, NY; several cousins; eleven nieces & nephews & their kids; and many friends in the Oneonta area.

Special thanks to Bruce’s close friends Linda Dickerson & Charlie Wilsey for their help and support during this difficult time.

The family will plan a memorial service to honor Bruce’s life at a later date.

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In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Sons of the American Legion Post 259 (279 Chestnut St, Oneonta, NY 13820 / or another charity of your choosing in his honor.

Arrangements are by the Bookhout Funeral Home, Oneonta.


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Barbara Jones Ryan

January 19, 2021

Bruce and I were pals & homeroom buddies all throughout school. So glad we were able to reconnect at our last H.S. reunion. We talked and laughed that night. He once climbed in my bedroom window on Wincrest Drive ( think on a dare) in high school just for the fun of it. So very sorry for your loss. I hope you have many warm memories.

Barbara Jones Ryan

Frank Donnelly

January 11, 2021

I met Bruce thru our mutual friend, Rich Kelly and roomed with him at Siena College. He was back then exactly how his co-workers and friends describe him today...upbeat, smiling and always saw only the best in people. My condolences to his famIly ...many of us will always remember him. Frank Donnelly

Stephen Greive

January 10, 2021

Stootley and I were childhood friends and raised hell together and played on numerous JV and Varsity athletic teams together. His sister Donna, my first crush; babysat me as a child. He came to Rochester to fish in salmon/trout tournaments with me and was always the same great guy I knew in my youth. His pic here shows the smile and eyes of a man who was loved and respected by all those who knew him. I give my condolences to all his friends and family and especially to his sister Gwen who deeply loved him and gave me so much love and support through the passing of my parents. My favorite memory was at the family dinner table, when the 4 sisters were yakking away and their dad, Bill said "Will you girls shut up, .... your mouths are running like a whipporwill's ass at flytime!" We laughed at this into adulthood!

Bill McCoy

January 9, 2021

I am very sorry to get the news of Bruce's passing. I have lots of memories of good times in high school with Bruce and also afterwards when several of us shared a house on Elberon Place in Albany. It was really great to see Bruce at our 50th high school reunion in 2017 and we were able to talk together quite a bit then about old times and new. Bruce was always enjoyable to be with -- he really had a way of making one feel comfortable and relaxed when he was around. I offer my deepest sympathy to his family.

Rich Kelly

January 8, 2021

Bruce and I were roommates at HVCC. Better known to most of us as “Stootley”, Bruce enjoyed simple pleasures, a few beers, fishing and life in general. He was upbeat and always ended most conversations with a laugh or smile. Nice memories of a good man. Sincere condolences to his family. Rest In Peace my friend. Rich Kelly

Jerry and Robin Sywulski

January 7, 2021

Bruce was a great guy. We worked with him at the Lottery for 20+ years. He was well liked by all of his co-workers and his retailers. Bruce liked to talk about his family, especially his kids and his grandchildren. He will be missed. I’m sure there are lots of big bass in heaven and he will be fishing forever.

Wayne Gregory

January 7, 2021

Bruce was the son's Commander of the American legion for 15 plus years and he will truly be missed .🇺🇸😢🇺🇸

Robert Swota

January 5, 2021

Sorry to hear of my cousin's death. May God provide comfort to the family.

Donna McClure

January 5, 2021

My sincere condolences to Bruce's family. He will be missed by his birth family and his Lottery family. In the 20 years I worked with Bruce at the Lottery, he was always friendly, willing to help others on the team, and loved to talk about his VFW involvement and his fishing tournaments. His retailers loved him for his friendly manner and thoroughness. I always remember Bruce with a smile just like the picture included with his obituary. You will be missed, my friend.

Bill Millward

January 5, 2021

So sorry to hear of Bruce’s death. We’ve spent a lot of time together traveling back and forth to Syracuse and Schenectady on meeting days at the Lottery. I trained with Bruce when I started with the Lottery 26 years ago. He will be missed.