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Nickerson Funeral Home

77 Eldredge Park Way, Orleans, MA

OBITUARY

Harold Thornton Hall Jr.

August 1, 1924September 8, 2020

Harold T. Hall Jr., 96, of North Eastham, Massachusetts died at home, peacefully, on the early morning of September 8, 2020. Born in Weymouth, Massachusetts August 1, 1924 he was the son of Harold and E Dorothy (Buckley) Hall Sr. Mr. Hall was a decorated World War II Navy veteran who served as a gunners mate 2nd class in Underwater Demolition 5 (UTD5) with action in the South Pacific. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for his bravery in the pre-invasion swimming recon of the beach landing at Saipan. After the war, he attended Brown University, school of Engineering and graduated in 1952. Upon graduation he took a position with General Electric Manufacturing Engineering and Quality Assurance. He retired to Cape Cod (in the home he built) in 1983 after 30 years with GE.

He served with the Cub Scouts as a Cub Master in Wilmington and Pittsfield and was a volunteer with the Eastham Senior Center. He was an artist, a builder and the all around “fix it guy” in his neighborhood, always willing to help a friend and neighbor.

He and his loving wife Lu spent many winters in Ft Pierce, Florida where he volunteered at the Navy UDT-Seal Museum and is now featured in the WW2 film of the first UDT “Navy Seals”. In 2016 he was interviewed by the History Channel and can be seen in the documentary “The History of the Navy Seals”. He was the loving husband of the late Lucille Howard Hall whom he married in 1949. Along with his wife, he was pre-deceased by his Sister Barbara (Hall) Yalenezian and William Hall both of Eastham.

He is survived by his brother Arthur Hall of Kentucky, daughter Pamela Hall McCarty (Denis) of Dalton, Ma and Steven Hall (Carolyn Fushimi) of Brighton, Utah, two grandchildren, Erin Redd (Charles) of Dalton and Kelly Ziemba (James) of Hinsdale, Ma. and four great grandchildren, Kiana, Anthony, Brodie and Ania.

A celebration of Harold's life is planned for a future date in 2021. In lieu of flowers memorial Donations may be made to the UDT-SEAL Museum, 3300 N. State Rd A1A, Fort Pierce, Fl 34949-8520 or Broad Reach Hospice, 390 Orleans Rd, N. Chatham, Ma 02650.

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Richard Roussin

September 20, 2020

Back in 1960 Harold was a quality assurance manager at GE Ordnance Systems in Pittsfield. The company had just started on a Navy contract which continues to this day. It was a zoo. In addition to trying to manage 60 to 70 people, Harold was assigned apprentices just out of high school. I was one of those folks. I found him to kind, patient and giving. Being my first real corporate "boss", he started me out in the right direction and gave me an fine example of how to behave when I would also become a GE manager. I have been forever grateful. May he rest in peace.

Susan & Jol Everett

September 15, 2020

What a wonderful gentleman. Always caring and smiling. I first met Hal in spinning class. He was such a hero to us all and we all will remember his Seal yell when class was over!!

Thomas Knapp

September 14, 2020

It always deeply hurts when another warrior from the TEAMS passes on. I did not know Harold, wish I had!
Harold was one of the early "Naked Warrior's". His bravery clearing beaches is obviously well documented within his Bronze Star citation.
Thanks Harold for leading the way to our present SEAL Teams!
For the family, be at piece knowing Harold has now joined the ranks of all our brave, fallen HEROES.
He is comforted with their presence and rejoices in the camaraderie he once again shares with his Team Mates.

Respectfully,
Tom Knapp

David Lyons

September 14, 2020

My sincere condolences as a fellow UDT (1960's) - Mr Hall's era started the whole thing - many thanks and much appreciation - David Lyons Class 042 Little Creek

Susan Clark

September 14, 2020

Holly as I always called him was a true hero. He and his beloved wife Lu were family to me. Lu was in my parents wedding and the two couples remained very close for their entire lives. I loved to sit and talk with Holly, spend time fishing, always loved my moments on and in the water with him and had the utmost admiration for all he did in his life. He was humble, kind and larger than life in my eyes. His passing along with my mothers seven days earlier is the end of an era we will never be blessed with again. I hold onto the wonderful memories and am grateful that Holly was a part of my life. God speed.

Judy Schnopp

September 14, 2020

Pam, Denis and family - we were so sorry to hear about the loss of your Dad. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

Judy and Al

Robin & Tim Taylor

September 13, 2020

Pam, Tim and I are so sorry for the passing of your Dad. He is no longer suffering and in a much better place. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Love you.

Sally McCarty

September 13, 2020

Hally was truly a special man. He and Lu always made me feel like part of the family. The gift they gave me when my sister passed (taking her 2 beloved cats, Max and Molly) showed yet again what wonderful people they both were.
My sincere condolences to Pam, Denis, Steve, Carolyn, Erin and Kelly and families, and of course Max.
He will be greatly missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him.

Linda Briggs

September 11, 2020

I have the fondest memories of your dad.
He was a kind man, a gentleman for all times, who happily shared his words of wisdom.
Truly a Renaissance man who had a variety of interests but family was his first priority.
Our condolences to you and your family Pam.
Warmest regards,
Linda and Ruth Briggs

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