He was born December 26, 1943 in Corning. He is the son of John R. and Mary Louise Hall. He graduated from Corning Free Academy, Class of 1963, and went on to join the United States Navy, where he served from 1963 to 1967. He served on the USS Currituck, serving three tours in the Vietnam War. Upon his return to civilian life, he worked at Westinghouse until 1972, then worked at Corning Incorporated as a bricklayer until his retirement in 2006.
John married the love of his life, Patrice (Donegan) Hall in 1969 at St. Mary's Church. They celebrated 51 years of marriage last June. John’s wife, children, grandchildren, and many friends were the center of his life. He attended every sporting event possible of his children and grandchildren. Another joy of his life was the time spent at Keuka Lake with his wonderful friends and neighbors. John also enjoyed his time hunting and fishing all his life and grabbing a beer at the local pubs. He never lost a friend he made or the opportunity to tell a story or joke to make someone smile.
He is survived by his wife, Patrice Hall; daughter, Laura (Stuart) Plank of Kensington, MD; son, John (Leah) Hall of Camillus, NY; five grandchildren: Jack Plank, Casey Plank, Charlotte Hall, Caroline Hall, and Alex Hall; sister, Maureen (Jim) McCoy of Spring Brook Township, PA; many nieces, nephews and cousins; sister-in-law, Yvonne Donegan of Corning; and brother-in-law, Dan (Bonnie) Donegan of Hammondsport, NY.
He was predeceased by his parents, John and Mary Hall, and sister, Diane Wilsoncroft.
Calling hours will be held on Monday, April 19th from 3-6 PM at Haughey Funeral Home, Inc., 216 E. First Street in Corning. A funeral service will be held at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, April 20th at Haughey Funeral Home, Inc. with Father John DeSocio officiating. Burial will follow in St. Mary's Cemetery in Corning.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Patriot Point, 750 Taylors Island Rd., Taylors Island, MD 21669, www.PatriotPoint.org, or to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Memorials Processing, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-9959, www.stjude.org.
John’s family entrusted his care to Haughey Funeral Home, Inc.