DOVER- Leonard Charles Hall, 94, died peacefully Monday, March 22. He was born August 14, 1926, the son of the late John and Lula Howe Hall at home on the family farm in East Dover.
In his youth, Mr. Hall attended North Street and Goose City schools. He went on to attend Leland & Gray High School. In 1944 during his senior year, he was drafted by the US Army, serving during World War II in the 104th Infantry Division in the European Theater. After his service he returned to graduate from high school in 1947.
Mr. Hall played baseball for the West River League as a pitcher with his best friend of 90 years, Bob Mundell, as a catcher. On November 16, 1949, he married Beverly Wilder Bartlett.
He was a tree surgeon for the Bartlett Tree Company and a sawyer at Sodaburg & Warner Mill. In the 1960s he worked in Niagara Falls, NY, on the St. Lawrence Seaway project. After that he worked at Mount Snow and Stratton ski areas. He became the first employee and foreman for Haystack Mountain ski area. He was later employed as maintenance for two Brattleboro apartment buildings while driving the Dover high school bus. He ended his long working career retiring from the Brattleboro Housing Authority.
Mr. Hall was active in many capacities, serving as Dover Town Constable, Dover Fire Warden, and a Dover Historical Society trustee. He was a founding member of the East Dover Volunteer Fire Company in 1948. He served in various offices becoming chief and then serving as trustee until his death, making him a 72-year member. He and his wife spent many hours collecting for and working on the annual auction. He also served on the first EMT squad organized by Grace Cottage Hospital. He attended the East Dover Baptist Church.
Mr. Hall loved working outdoors. He was well known for working in his woodpile well into his 90s. He was loved by his community as a kind and generous man always willing to help anyone. He was an avid Red Sox and Patriots fan and loved his family above all.
He is survived by his wife of 71 years, Beverly; his four children, Patsy Bemis (Dana), Stanley Hall, Gloria Short (William), and Kenneth Hall (Brenda); and his loving sister Flora Fitzroy, of Tennessee. He also leaves his five grandchildren, Kandi Sheldon (David), Aaron Bemis (Kelley), Charles Hall (Billie Jo), Joshua Bemis (Lanie), and US Marine Corps Major Daniel Hall (Jessica); as well as great-grandchildren Connor, Olivia, Gabby, Lyla, Tyler, Lucas, Joshua, Vivian, Chelsey, Lydia, McKenzie, Briana, Marcus, Ethan, and Logan. He was preceded in death by brothers Stanley and Guy.
Graveside funeral services will be announced later in the spring. There are no visiting hours. If friends desire gifts in his memory may be made to the East Dover Volunteer Fire Company or Deerfield Valley Rescue, c/o Covey Allen & Shea Funeral Home, PO Box 215, Wilmington, VT 05363.
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