Virgil Lee Hall, age 86, passed away on Thursday, October 8, 2015 due to post-stroke complications. He passed peacefully in his home, surrounded by his loving family.
Virgil was born on June 8, 1929, to Julia and Oden Hall in Diana, West Virginia. Virgil was a dedicated employee and worked for more than 30 years at Ajax in Corry, and is remembered by many as the local milkman. He enjoyed retirement for more than 25 years, allowing precious time spent with each of his children and grandchildren.
Virgil exemplified love, kindness, wisdom, strength, forgiveness and patience. He appreciated all things, no matter how grand, nor how small. He was a wordsmith like no other, always thought before he spoke, and never once spoke an ill word of anyone. Virgil was a self-taught master of all trades. He individually built three homes for his family, hand-planted each sapling on the properties, was a highly skilled mechanic, and a master gardener. Virgil had a passion for nature, flowers, birds, gardening, guns, knives, classic cars and especially music. He played the mandolin since childhood and enjoyed playing in several bluegrass bands over the years. He loved listening to classic country music on his iPod, and enjoyed watching countless hours of classic country and other classic videos on YouTube. His greatest love of all was his family. His pride for them never ceased.
In the last 18 months, Virgil was diagnosed with colon cancer and bladder cancer. He successfully beat colon cancer in early 2015, and was told only a few weeks ago that he was bladder cancer free, which made him so proud. Even throughout his previous health scares, Virgil never lost his humor: a humor like no other. Virgil loved to make everyone around him laugh, no matter what the circumstances. Whether he was giving his wrong name or age to tease and test the doctors and nurses, or when his entire family would show up for their weekly Sunday Dinner and he would declare "I thought I locked that door!" No matter how often his loved ones came to visit, he was happy every single time he saw each one of them.
He is preceded in death by his parents, and his sister Norma Jean Nageotte and brother in law, George Nageotte. Virgil is survived by his wife of 67 years, Jackie Hall. They were married at the Columbus Church by Reverend Jordan Cole. He is survived by his sisters Bonnie McCormick, and Sherry (Richard) Shahan. Virgil is also survived by, and adored by, his children: Diane Root, Bob Hall, Elizabeth (Rick) Tripp, Joni (Chester) Hall-Sprandle, and Darrell Hall; his grandchildren: Keri (Bill) Hall-Davidson, Chandra (Mike) Dodd-Caplea, Hannah (Adam) Rhodes, Emily (Josh) Smith, Kessli Hall and his beloved great grandchildren: Addison Davidson and Phoenix Caplea. He is also survived by his "neighbor dog", Zero, and his cat, Molly, who showed their devotion every day.
Virgil was treasured, respected and loved by both his immediate and extended family, including his beloved nieces and nephews, and also by so many friends he made during his long life. "Papa" loved and was loved by all of the children in his life, including the many daycare children he influenced over the years. He never ate a meal during his adult life when a child wasn't on his lap. From his own children and their cousins, to his grandchildren, to daycare children, everyone knew the secret that the food on Papa's plate just tasted better. He was cherished by many and will be missed by all who knew him.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Virgil's charity of choice: the Erie City Mission. Please visit his memorial site guestbook (http://virgil-hall.virtual-memorials.com/) and share as many memories as you can.
Per his wishes, he will not be having a standard funeral nor viewing. A memorial service will be held at their home on Monday 10/12/2015 from 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm.
His family finds comfort in the words of his 4 year old great-grandson: "Papa is going to die soon. His spirit will be all around us and the memories of him will always be here (points to his head). Sometimes you want to cry, and that's okay. All people cry sometimes."