SCARBOROUGH and JONESPORT – Ernest Leslie Hall Jr., 92, passed away peacefully Monday, Jan. 21, 2013. Les was born July 15, 1920, in Providence, R.I., 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 Co. during that time. In 1954 he became national sales manager for Devcon Corp., where he was a director and vice president until his retirement in 1979. Les served on National Board of American Hardware and Manufacturer’s Association, and American Supply and Machinery Manufacturing Association. He was listed in Who’s Who of American Businessmen. He was a member of Bektash Temple of Shriners; the oldest living member of York Golf and Tennis Club, York; and a founding member of 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, 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 that continues to this day. Just before moving to Maine in 2000, Les and Dorothy donated 113 acres of forestland to 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 and husband, Guy Bourrie, of Washington; son, David Leslie Hall and wife, Sydney Smead Hall, of Hope; daughter, Meredith Ann Hall of Cape Elizabeth; and daughter, Carole Haigh Bilodeau and husband, Daniel Bilodeau, of Newmarket, N.H. Grandchildren and their families include Pia Walker and husband, David Holbrook, and children, Ruby, Stella and Ursula, of Liberty; Willow Hall and son, Zebediah, of Hope; Sky Hall and wife, Makiko Kato, of Brooklyn, N.Y.; Ariel Hall of Brooklyn, N.Y.; Ron Letourneau of Cape Elizabeth; Zachary Lozier of San Francisco; Morgan Lozier and wife, Elizabeth, and son, John and daughter, Mia, of Austin, Texas; Dylan Haigh and wife, Kristy Martino, of Portsmouth, N.H.; Brittany Haigh Bilodeau and partner, Samantha Courtois, of New Boston, N.H.; Bracket Bilodeau of New York City; and Emerson Bilodeau of Newmarket, N.H. Included among the many who will miss Les is his cousin and sister-in-spirit, Madge Reynolds of Minnetonka, Minn.
A memorial celebration will take place 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, at York Golf and Tennis Club, 62 Organug Road, York. 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, CO 80302-6296; or Trust for Public Land, 101 Montgomery St., Suite 900, San Francisco, CA 94104.