Ernest Leslie Hall Jr., 92
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SCARBOROUGH -- Ernest Leslie Hall Jr., of Scarborough and Jonesport, passed away peacefully on Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, at the age of 92.
Les was born in Providence, R.I., on July 15, 1920, the only son of Sarah Elizabeth (Melling) Hall and Ernest Leslie Hall Sr. His family moved to Lawrence, Mass., where Les attended schools, graduating from Lawrence Memorial High School. He was a member of Grace Episcopal Church where he sang as a member of the church choir.
Les was an avid sailor, and world traveler; he enjoyed opera, sports, pursuing his interests in art and photography, skiing, golfing, flying, music, wildlife, the sea and gardening. His greatest pleasures were in the company of his family, friends and German Shepherd dogs. Les found inspiration from his Native American heritage through his great-grandmother, a Passamaquoddy from St. Andrews, New Brunswick.
In 1941 Les married Roberta (Yerxa) Hall. They lived in Granby, Conn., where Les was a production engineer at Pratt & Whitney until he transferred to Experimental Flight Testing. In 1949 the couple built a house in Hampton, N.H., where they raised their three children.
Les was Regional Sales Representative for Gates Rubber Company during that time. In 1954 he became National Sales Manager for Devcon Corporation, where he was a director and Vice President until his retirement in 1979. Les served on the National Board of American Hardware and Manufacturer's Association and the American Supply and Machinery Manufacturing Association. He was listed in Who's Who of American Businessmen. He was a member of the Bektash Temple of Shriners, the oldest living member of the York Golf and Tennis Club in York, and a founding member of the National Museum of the American Indian.
On April 7, 1960, Les married Dorothy (Kostas) Hall. Les, Dorothy and her daughter moved to Dimond Hill Farm in Epping, N.H. After their retirement, Les and Dorothy farmed high bush blueberries, designed and
marketed subdivisions, apartments and condominiums. They moved from the farm to a house they designed and built on the Lamprey River, where they initiated the annual River Boat Race, an Epping tradition which continues to this day. Just before moving to Maine in 2000, Les and Dorothy donated 113 acres of forestland to the Rockingham Land Trust. Les and Dorothy say that the place they were happiest was at their house in Jonesport overlooking Moosebec Reach, where they started spending summer months in 1984.
Survivors include his devoted wife Dorothy Kostas Hall of Scarborough and Jonesport; daughter Sandra Hall Bourrie, her husband Guy Bourrie, Washington, son David Leslie Hall, his wife Sydney Smead Hall, Hope, daughter Meredith Ann Hall, Cape Elizabeth, and daughter Carole Haigh Bilodeau, her husband Daniel Bilodeau, Newmarket, N.H. Grandchildren and their families include Pia Walker, husband David Holbrook and children Ruby, Stella and Ursula, Liberty; Willow Hall and son Zebediah, Hope; Sky Hall and his wife Makiko Kato of Brooklyn, N.Y.; Ariel Hall, Brooklyn, N.Y.; Ron Letourneau, Cape Elizabeth; Zachary Lozier of San Francisco, Calif.; Morgan Lozier and his wife Elizabeth, son John and daughter Mia, Austin, Texas; Dylan Haigh and his wife Kristy Martino, Portsmouth, N.H.; Brittany Haigh Bilodeau and her partner Samantha Courtois, New Boston, N.H.; Bracket Bilodeau, New York, N.Y.; and Emerson Bilodeau, Newmarket, N.H. Included among the many who will miss Les are his cousin and sister in spirit, Madge Reynolds of Minnetonka, Minn.
A memorial celebration will take place on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013, 1:00- 3:00 p.m. at the York Golf and Tennis Club, 62 Organug Rd., York, 207-363-0130.
In lieu of flowers, memorial
donations may be made in the name of E. Leslie Hall to:
The Native American Rights Fund 1506 Broadway
Boulder, Colorado 80302-6296
or to the Trust for Public Land
101 Montgomery St., Suite 900
San Francisco, California 94104
Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram from Jan. 25 to Jan. 29, 2013