Alexander “Al” William Hall, passed away peacefully May 10, 2012 at McKenney Creek Hospice in Maple Ridge, BC. Al was born September 1, 1930 in Whitewood, SK to William and Helen (Kerr) Hall. Fun-loving and adventurous, he found his passion dismantling and rebuilding automobiles.
Al found his sweetheart, Ann Dorma, in the New Finland settlement north-east of Whitewood, SK and they married November 21, 1953 in Lethbridge, Alberta. In 1954, Al and his wife moved to Shaunavon, SK. Al found work as an automotive mechanic. He opened the “Hardy and Hall Repair Shop” with a fellow mechanic. After several successful years, Al sold the business and in 1966, he became Shop Foreman for the Shaunavon School District bus garage. He oversaw the garage operations with precision and excellence for 18 years.
Al and Ann were blessed with 11 children. The desire to provide for the interests of their family, saw them move to an acreage west of Shaunavon near Dollard in 1969. They moved in 1988 to Golden, BC, where he again worked as a mechanic in the school bus garage until retirement. In 1996, Al and Ann retired back to their acreage near Dollard, where they lived to the present.
Al will be remembered as an easy-going, kind, patient, honest, and humble man. He was always willing to go out of his way to help others and did not complain.
He also enjoyed singing and playing his guitar, and could often be heard whistling a gospel tune.
Al was predeceased by his parents and two infant brothers, Edward and Clifford; two brothers-in-law, Hank Graveland and Jack Greer; and his daughter-inlaw, Brenda Hall.
He leaves to cherish his memory and celebrate his living; his beloved wife, Ann Hall; his children, Don (Marie) Hall, Darlene (Karl) Kienle, Lawrence (Rhonda) Hall, Brian (Lois) Hall, Mark (Claudia) Hall, Sharon Hall, Ruth (Ron) Boldt, Curtis (Jennifer) Hall, Clair (Shannon) Hall, Connie (Martin) Netuka, and Janet (Sean) Corry; 42 grandchildren; five step grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; six step great-grandchildren; two sisters, Pearl Graveland and Irene Greer; one brother Glen (Greta) Hall; and a host of other relatives and friends.
We will miss Al’s witty sayings, clever story-telling, and the opportunity to go to him for advice. We will never forget his wonderful disposition, warm smile, great sense of humour and the handsome twinkle in his eyes.