1922 – 2012
Putnam – Dr. James W. Hall, Jr., 89, of Ballou St., went to a better place on Monday, August 27, 2012. He was the loving husband of Patricia Shaw. They were married on April 1, 1944 in South Augusta, North Carolina. Born in Putnam, he was the son of the late James W. Hall, Sr. and Blanche (Wood) Hall.
Dr. Hall was an optometrist for 47 years in Putnam, practicing first with his father and then independently, retiring` in February of 1994. Dr. Hall was also a Mason for over 60 years. He graduated from Putnam High School, Illinois College of Optometry, and the Gesell Institute of Child Development at Yale New Haven.
Dr. Hall was a United States Army Veteran of WWII having served in the 11th Army Airways Communication System. He served in Italy and North Africa and then was honorably discharged on March 11, 1946. He was a member of American Legion Post 13 and LFUMC, Living Faith United Methodist Church (formerly Putnam Methodist Church). He was a Sunday School Teacher and later a Sunday School Superintendent. Dr. Hall was also a Lay Leader and was instrumental in building the Education Building on the Church property.
He was active in the Boy Scouts of America Troop 25 in his youth and then went on to become an assistant Scout Master to Ken Gunsales for many years, eventually becoming a Scout Master.
Dr. Hall collected antique cars and planes. He had a commercial pilot’s license with an instrument flight instructor’s certificate. He taught many people in the area to fly.
In addition to his wife, Dr. Hall is survived by his sons, Dr. James Hall, III and his wife Missy of St. Augustine, FL, and Russell Hall and his wife Nanci of Thompson; his daughters Tamara Hall-Heidelburger and her husband Jody of Woodsock, and twin daughters Faith St. Piere and her husband Charles of Sturbridge, MA, and Florence Lajeunesse and her husband Carl of Coventry, CT; his sister, Joyce Bell of Putnam; seven grandchildren: Michael Deary, Shannon Zifcak, Jason Hall, Neil James Lajeunesse, Alicia Ann Lejeunesse, Austin Hall, and Victoria McNeal; three step grandchildren Michael, Lauren, and Kiersten Heidelberger; and four great grandchildren, Jacob, Grace, and Benjamin Zifcak and Brenden Womack.
Relatives and friends are invited to visit with Dr. Hall’s family from 6:00pm to 8:00pm on Saturday, September 15, 2012 in the Gilman Funeral Home, 104 Church St., Putnam, followed by a Funeral Service on Sunday, September 16, 2012 at 1:30 pm in Living Faith United Methodist Church, 53 Grove St, Putnam, CT. Burial with Military Honors will follow in Putnam Heights Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in his name to LFUMC, 53 Grove St. Putnam, CT. For memorial guestbook visit www.GilmanAndValade.com.