Ronald Hall

March 29, 1932 – January 30, 2020

RONALD ALBERT HALL

Remembering the life of our dad Ronald Albert Hall.

They say a picture tells a million stories. As I shuffled through handfuls of pictures, I had a chance to relive a good portion of our dad`s life. Seeing dad as a very young boy were pictures that I had never seen before. As a toddler, dad had long brown curly hair, a stocky little body and looking into his eyes I could see a much older Ronnie looking back at me.

 

Finding some pictures when dad was about five years old I would never have guessed that was Ronnie. He was a typical scrawny  little kid, who grew into a very stylish teenager. At the age of sixteen dad wandered into a barbershop called "Mundy`s" at 643 Portage Ave. and received his first brush cut from Tony. Tony and dad would have a very long relationship, lasting many years fine tuning his signature brush cut, never changing that style. Tony had bought his own shop and later sold it to Jeff and his wife Amanda. Dad loved to go to the barbershop and exchange stories and reminisce. "What is said at the barbershop, stay`s at the barbershop!' The day Tony gave dad, my son Chris and myself the three generation brush cut, Dad congratulated Tony at finally getting it right!

The picture of our grandpa Bert Hall sitting on the running board of the old Frigidaire truck was the start of the refrigeration business and a long history with Stan Hanson which developed into the company called United Refrigeration. In the words of Bert Hall "After two years of a lot of blood, sweat and beer the company made a piss pot full of money"  The picture of dad cutting the cake at United`s 50th anniversary, would have been when he was 56. The friends that dad made at work were a big part of mom and dad`s life. The pictures tell the stories of good fun!

Mom and dad were married on October 8, 1954. The black and white photos showed lots of family, friends and fun! Mom and dad had four children Glenn, Robert, Dawna and Laura, nine grandchildren and six great grandchildren with whom they created many great memories.

Dad was a very generous and helpful person, not looking for anything in return , but a thank you or a smile. It thrilled him to be known as the ice cream man at twin beaches. Everyone was welcome at the cottage for an ice cream treat.

When Bob played baseball, dad would take the entire team and coaches to the Esso station, get the manager to open the coke machine and everyone would get the iconic tiny glass bottle coke. This happened after every game and the team always looked forward to it.

The grand kids will always remember that when a new movie was released, grandpa would be there to deliver it in person, usually on it`s release date.

Dad has always been a joker so none us were surprised that when he retired ha had business cards made that read "No phone/No address/No business/No worries/No money/No prospects  Ron Hall {Retired}"

Mom and dad had many good years together, providing us all with memories that will put a smile on our faces forever. Dad was especially dedicated to mom in her recent years spending time with her as much as possible, at one point even walking over to the home to visit.

Dad missed mom very much, now they are together again with their son Glenn.

Special thanks to all the staff at the Poseidon  Home for all their care for mom and dad.

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