Obituaries

Walter “Skip” Hall

September 21st, 2015


Walter D. Hall Jr., “Skip”, age 55, of Dorchester, formerly of Wilmington, passed away peacefully on September 20, 2015, at the Harborview Center for Nursing in Cohasset, following a courageous battle with cancer.

Walter was born on July 26, 1960, in Pawtucket, Rhode Island; he was the cherished son of Walter D. Sr. and Karen O. (Andersen) Hall. At the age of 5, Walter moved with his family from Rhode Island to Wilmington where he was raised in a very loving home. Walter played several sports as a youngster and attended Wilmington Public Schools until his high school years when he went to Shawsheen Tech in Billerica. Walter was very bright and learned several trades while attending Shawsheen Tech specializing in electrical; he graduated in 1979.

On January 4, 1980, Walter enlisted in the United States Army and took several courses during his enlistment. Walter started his career as an Army Ranger but soon became a member of the 82nd Airborne and served as a paratrooper. Walter was very proud to serve the country and he flourished in his position. Walter earned several commendations including the Expert Badge and Hand Grenade, Army Service Ribbon, NCO Professional Development Ribbon, Army Achievement Medal and the Parachute Badge. Walter served in Grenada and he along with his company graced the cover of Time Magazine for their efforts during this conflict. Walter was honorably discharged from active duty on December 16, 1983 but went on to serve with the Army Reserves for the next six years where he marched in countless parades and was part of the Military Honors Funeral Team. Walter was also a member of the 82nd Airborne Gavin Chapter in Natick for many years.

Walter was a hard worker and a talented carpenter; he worked for Best Residential Services in Sharon, MA for many years. Walter was not only talented but dependable and hardworking until his illness forced his retirement.

Walter married his “sweetheart” Maryann Steele on October 8, 2006; the couple made their home in Dorchester where they had many friends. Family was very important to Walter; he was not only a devoted husband, but a wonderful son, brother, uncle, and brother-in-law as well. Walter enjoyed going to family celebrations where he could spend time with those he loved dearly.

In his spare time Walter enjoyed fishing, all kinds of music, nature, animals, watching the History and Discovery channels, and of course following his “Boston” sports teams. Walter attended countless Patriots and Bruins games as well as watched them on the television with his family and friends.

Walter “Skip” will be remembered as a kind and caring man, he loved his family, friends, and country unconditionally. He was very Patriotic and proud to have served with the Army. Walter will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Skip was the beloved husband of Maryann (Steele) Hall, cherished son of Walter D. Sr. and Karen O. (Andersen) Hall of Wilmington, dear brother of Kevin Hall & his wife Suzanne and Kristen Hall all of Wilmington. Step-father of the late Robert Steele, step-grandfather of Lexee Steele. Loving Uncle of Olivia & Kassie Hall, Ryan Smolinski, Daniel, Emily, and Michael Steele, brother-in-law of Kathleen & John Smolinski of Mansfield, Carol & Joseph Ledoux of Maine, Michael Steele & Maria Marcotte, Daniel Steele & his wife Sharon all of Dorchester and the late Robert Steele, Skip is survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Saturday, September 26th for Visitation from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 noon, immediately followed by a Funeral Service at 12:00 noon. Interment with Military Honors will follow in the Veterans Section of Wildwood Cemetery in Wilmington.In lieu of flowers donations in Walter’s memory may be made to the Local Heroes Inc., P. O. Box 536, Wilmington, MA 01887.

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22 Entries in Guest Book for “Walter “Skip” Hall”

  1. David & Elaine Nilson Spiers says:

    Our deepest sympathy to all the family, you will be in our prayers.

  2. Melanie Blake says:

    So sorry for the loss of a nice guy friend ,husband, brother,son,and father. He is surrounding you just not trapped in a sick vessel anymore. God bless rest in peace Skip

  3. Edward and Nancy Erminelli says:

    So sorry for you loss. Your family will be in our prayers. Rest in Peace Skip.

  4. Larry I Pinto says:

    My deepest condolence for your loss.

  5. Kathy Smolinski says:

    Our hearts are full with sadness losing our beloved brother-in-law. Skip was such an amazing person. He loved life, family, friends and especially he loved his Country. We were so blessed to have him in our loves. He will be sorely missed by all of us. We will never forget this wonderful man, Skip Hall.

  6. Susan Roche says:

    I will always remember you having a smile on your face and greeting me with a kiss and a huge hug. Rest in peace, Skippy.

  7. Rosemary & Jim Sullivan says:

    Skip was a wonderful, caring man. We will always remember his pleasant smile and great personality. It was a life cut way too short. My
    condolences to your wife, family and friends during this difficult time.

  8. Tricia & Vinnie DiBella says:

    Maryann, Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this most difficult time. So sorry for your loss.

  9. Jimmy & Katie Murphy says:

    For close to 20 years,we had the pleasure of calling Skip our neighbor on Saint Margaret Street in Dorchester. An adopted son from Wilmington, but he was very proud of his neighborhood and proudly displayed his DOT bumper sticker on his blue pick-up. Someone who married his wife MaryAnn on nearby Castle Island on a beautiful day. Someone who was always friendly and very knowledgeable of local sporting news. He was always available to lend a hand. He volunteered for the Tribute to Troops Event at Florian Hall in Dorchester and helped to raise over $25,000 for local Vets’ education scholarships. Someone who cared deeply about his Vets and would proudly march, volunteer, and serve his country during various parades. Someone who would always give to others and be watchful for his neighbors. The guy who would shovel or snow blow his sidewalk and then assist all the neighbors. Through record Boston snowfall, Skip was there to help others even after a long day at his maintenance position. Last winter, we enjoyed some adult beverages after a long day and evening of shoveling with the neighbors. A few months later, the snow would melt and the lump on Skip’s neck would appear. The news was not good, but Skip fought like the soldier/trooper he was. Skip was the neighbor that everyone respected and Saint Margaret Street will not be the same without him. If we had a Hollywood like stars on the sidewalk/street, Skip’s name would be forever enshrined. Until we meet again, may God Bless Skip, from all the Murphy kids across the street. Thank you Skip for being our neighbor and for being you.

  10. The Blackman Family says:

    We Send Our Condolences

  11. Ron and Joyce Della Chiesa says:

    Walter “Skip” Hall was a truly a remarkable person. Always kind and willing to help his neighbors in need. During the worst days of the most brutal winter ever, there was “Skip”, helping to plow out his neighbors. When we came home from the Bahamas with no heat, he came over and shoveled out our vent, then cleared off the front of our driveway. He loved sports, classic movies, good music, and his beloved cockatoo “Louie” that he rescued. One of the things I’ll miss most are our endless conversations about the many problems of living in today’s world. He was passionate about his beliefs, loved his county, and devoted to those who served it. We were all devastated when he told us about his cancer, but like any good soldier put up a courageous fight till the very end. Our sympathy to his wife Maryann and his family. Skip, you left us much to soon, but you’ll always remain in our hearts and prayers forever!

  12. Catherine Harkins says:

    Skip was a great person and I enjoyed seeing him at family events. He will be so missed by family and friends. RIP and prayers.

  13. Anna Steele Harris says:

    Maryann, my thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

  14. Ann Stacey says:

    Maryann,
    Wish I could be there with you ..but you know you are in my heart and I will continue to pray that God gives you Peace.
    Love you, my friend
    Ann

  15. Steve McGinley says:

    Nothing I reading that obituary surprise me at all. Walter was a classmate of mine in the electrical shop at Shawsheen tech. He was a stand up guy, & I remember him fondly. So sorry for your loss

  16. Tom Brien & Shane Lunt says:

    Our condolences to you Maryann and the rest of Skip’s family. We hope the many wonderful memories you have of our friend and neighbor bring you some measure of comfort. We will always be grateful for having known Skip, who was truly a special soul. We are reminded of his talent and handiwork everyday in our flat, which he brought back to life after a fire long before we moved to St. Margaret Street. The chats we had with Skip about the Dead and classic rock, the sometimes trying course of city life, and so many other topics will be remembered and cherished. His neighborliness is legend and his thoughtfulness helped us out on many occasions. Skip will be missed.

  17. Debra Steele says:

    Maryann,

    We are so sorry for your loss. Skip was a great person. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Love,

    Debbie, Shawna, Chris and Bailey

  18. Maureen Powers says:

    Dear Maryann,

    So sorry for the loss of Skip, you and his family will be in our thoughts and prayers.

    Love,

    Maureen Powers

  19. Paula McMahon says:

    We are so sorry to hear that Skip has passed away . Such a nice guy always smiling and taking time to stop and talk. He will be very much missed here in Dorchester. To his wife Maryann and his entire Family we are sorry for your loss and you will be in our thoughts and prayers. Paula McMahon, Brian Bellew and Mary Bellew

  20. Kristen Hall says:

    I love you so very much Skip & I will always love you. I am so proud to be your sister. I miss you so much & someday I will see you again. Your smile was so infectious, that even on hard days, everyone would smile along with you. You had such a big love of life, serving others, loving your country, your family & friends. I know you will watch over Me, Mom, Dad, Kevin, Maryann & everyone you loved & who loved you back, including Girl, Louie & Celtic. You are now my Guardian Angel. I love you so much & I am so proud your my brother & my friend.

  21. Justin Andersen says:

    Skip had such a wonderful soul and was the best natured person I knew.
    Although I didn’t get to see Cousin Skip too much, he will be deeply missed by all. Maryann, Uncle Walter, Aunt Karen, Cousin Kristen and Cousin Kevin….from all of us here in Ontario you have our deepest sympathy. We love you all so much. Rest easy Cousin Skip.

  22. Joan Contompasis says:

    My husband and I met Skip when he was working for Best at the Hammondswood Condo complex. He was friendly, kind to all and a great worker who always got the job done well. He was definitely well liked by everyone here and will be sorely missed.

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