M. Bradford “Buzz” Hall, 81 of Venice, Fla., and Stanley Bridge, Prince Edward Island, Canada, went to heaven Thursday, May 15, 2014.
He was born in Livermore Falls, Maine, Sept. 19, 1932 to Jonathon Moody Hall and Hazel Louise (Emerson) Hall. He graduated from Livermore Falls High School in Livermore Falls, Maine, and the University of Maine in 1954 with a degree in engineering physics. Buzz was also a brother in the Delta Tau Delta fraternity at the university and played trumpet in the band.
Upon his graduation from the ROTC program at the University of Maine in 1954, he was a second lieutenant in the Army for two years based at Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas.
On Oct. 22, 1955, in El Paso, Texas, he married Eleanor Jean Turner, from Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada, whom he met at the University of Maine. Following her death on June 16, 1999, after 44 wonderful years of marriage and three children, Buzz married Lois Jean (Eastman) Barrett in Hudson, N.H., on Dec. 5, 2000.
Buzz had a long and successful 28-year career for Nashua Corporation in Nashua, N.H. As the director of central engineering, he led work on the development, commercialization and licensing of carbonless paper technology around the world. With CEO Bill Conway, Buzz led some of the first projects with Dr. W. Edwards Deming on statistical process control. The story of this pioneering work was featured in the NBC White Paper “If Japan Can, Why Can’t We?” Buzz later presented a paper on his work with Dr. Deming at the Instrument Society of America conference.
He was also involved in TAPPI, the professional organization dedicated to the pulp and paper industry.
With great passion and joy, Buzz played the trumpet with the Presumpscot River Bottom Boys, a Dixieland Jazz Band for more than 50 years. The band was originally formed with the friends and coworkers of the research lab at S.D. Warren Co. in Westbrook, Maine. The PRBBs played across Maine, Canada and Europe. They recorded two albums, “On a Continental Cakewalk” and “In August Body Assembled.”
Buzz was a man of tremendous Christian faith, and for 28 years served at Church of the Good Shepherd (Episcopal), Nashua, N.H., on the vestry and choir and as a lay reader. The church was a central and very important part of his life and his family’s.
During his working years he was always ready to serve as needed, including playing in the American Legion Band, Hudson, N.H., and as a parent volunteer/leader with the Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts He also belonged to and served the Sahib Shriners in Sarasota, Fla., and played in the Shrine band in parades and concerts.
Buzz loved traveling; he went on more than 40 cruises all over the world. He was also an avid New England Patriots fan, for whom he had season tickets for many years, and attended three of their Super Bowls.
He was predeceased by his wife Eleanor Jean (Turner) Hall; his parents, Hazel Louise (Emerson) Hall and Jonathon Moody Hall of Fryeburg, Maine; and a brother-in-law, Red Stickland of Port Richey, Florida.
He is survived by his loving wife Lois Jean (Eastman) Hall, of Venice, Fla., and Stanley Bridge, Prince Edward Island, Canada; his sister, Dorothy (Hall) Stickland of Port Richey, Florida; two sons, Douglas (Deborah) Hall of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Bruce (Beth) Hall of Sugar Land, Texas; one daughter, Pamela (Mark) Twist of Belgrade, Maine; granddaughters Kristyn Hall of Washington, D.C., Tori Hall of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Jill Twist of Belgrade, Maine; grandsons Brad Hall of Cincinnati, Ohio, Matt Twist of Orono, Maine, Andrew Hall of Austin, Texas, and Zachary Hall and Garrett Hall of Sugar Land, Texas; stepsons Jeff Barrett of Winchester, N.H., and Jim Barrett of Manchester, N.H.; stepdaughter Janet (Barrett) Steeves of Milford, N.H.; 10 step-grandchildren; and four step-great grandchildren.
Services: The funeral and burial are scheduled for 10 a.m., July 5, at St. Thomas Anglican Church, Springbrook, Prince Edward Island, Canada. Farley Funeral Home, Venice, Fla., is handling the arrangements. To send condolences, visit: FarleyFuneralHome.com.
Contributions: In lieu of flowers, the family asks for memorial donations to be made in the name of “Buzz Hall/Tampa Shriners Hospital” to the Shriners Hospital for Children, P.O. Box 1525, Ranson WV 25438-0018.