With deep and abiding sadness, the family, extended family and many friends of Richard Hall mourn his passing on April 4, 2010. For 78 years he maintained his extraordinary love of family, dry Maine sense of humor, curiosity, laughter and a volatile Scotch temper. He was a meticulous gardener and human being. In his workshop and in the home there was a place for everything and everything was in its place. Sooner or later, everyone learned to “put it back before ‘Richahd’ see it!”

Dick had many jobs in his life from truck driver to prison guard to caretaker to school custodian but no job was as important as taking care of his family, a role he fulfilled with great love and dedication. If someone needed help, he would drop everything to be there. He loved helping his children from their building projects to building their dreams. His children were comforted by the knowledge that he would always be there to help and guide them, and they will all miss his strong and loving arms.

He met the love of his life Ann Hardy in the fourth grade in Thomaston. Ann took some time to warm up to him but on Oct. 22, 1949, after their high school graduation, she relented and they were married, and Dick soon became a part of her family. Dick and Ann created a home that was always open and welcoming to friends and neighbors. This past year, they celebrated 60 years of marriage with an extended group of family and friends in attendance. In the words of two dear friends, “they are angels on earth.”

Dick is survived by his loving wife, Ann, and his four children, Deb Hall and her husband, Clay Graybeal, Scott Hall and his wife, Jolly, Pat Hall and her fiancé, Bob, and Tess Hall and her partner, Paul. He is also survived by three grandchildren, Erik and his wife, Erin, Jake, and Hilarie and her partner, Eric; a great-granddaughter, Chelsea; as well as his loving extended family.

The family wishes to extend special thanks to his compassionate and loving hospice team and the wonderful nurses, aides, volunteers and doctors at the Hospice House in Auburn that took such exquisite care of Dick and guided the family through this difficult time.

A celebration of his life will be held Friday, April 16 at 1 p.m. at the Burpee, Carpenter and Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock St. in Rockland. A graveside committal will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to Androscoggin Home Health Care and Hospice, Attn. Laurie Winsor, P.O. Box 819, Lewiston, ME 04236.

To sign Dick’s online guest book, visit bchfh.com.