A gathering paid tribute to Army veteran Kenneth Roswell Hall, who died May 6
FARMINGTON — Disabled veteran Ken Hall was homeless and hospitalized in the last years of his life. But Mr. Hall is not forgotten by his friends who paid tribute to him on Tuesday with a memorial service at Farmington Town Hall Park. Gathered under a pavilion were many fellow veterans, friends and several family members for the service honoring Mr. Hall, who died just shy of his 75th birthday.
Several people shared memories of Mr. Hall, remembered as a proud Vietnam veteran and dedicated member of the Masonic Lodge in Victor.
“He was a father, a brother, a comrade to all of us,” said Dick Marshall, a fellow Vietnam veteran who spoke, along with others, for the service that included music, prayers, memorabilia and ceremony honoring Mr. Hall for service to his country and community. “Thanks for being part of Ken’s life,” Marshall said.
Marshall recalled how Mr. Hall, who worked many years for Xerox, enjoyed being part of the Rochester Amateur Radio Association and playing a role in many Revolutionary War re-enactments. He was also known for his talent in woodworking and specifically his interest in Windsor chairs.
Ron Schaefer, who was a longtime neighbor of Mr. Hall in Shortsville, recalled how their friendship grew over the years. Schaefer shared stories about how Mr. Hall would come over to the house and say he needed “a little puppy love.” Schaefer showed a framed photo of Mr. Hall holding that puppy that was displayed at the service.
Schaefer talked about taking trips to a camp in Canada with Mr. Hall, where a group went fishing and enjoyed the outdoors. Mr. Hall was not only an avid fisherman but he also knew the history of the lakes and the region, said Schaefer, who also recalled how Mr. Hall once humored them by finding a quicker route to the camp where the Schaefers had been going for years — pitching an alternate route he had tracked down on GPS that saved seven miles.
Mr. Hall was a member of the Milnor Masonic Lodge No. 139 F. & A.M. The service included traditions befitting Mr. Hall’s life as a Mason, presented by Jamie Kaim — with participation by Kaim’s 4-year-old daughter, Ava. Masonic War Veteran Cy White was also part of the service and sang a song in Mr. Hall’s honor.
Other speakers included Nick DiRisio, who said when he learned Mr. Hall had died he wanted to bring people together for a memorial service. Marshall, who was also key in organizing the event, said he was grateful for the support in making it happen. Along with participation by members of several area veterans service organizations, Pastor Robert F. Searle, Canandaigua VA Medical Center chaplain, led prayers and shared words of faith.
Friends provided food for after the service that was enjoyed under the pavilion. Marshall said Mark’s Pizzeria donated the pizza.
Mr. Hall is survived by his daughter Kristie Denam and brother Jeffery Hall. In lieu of flowers, a donation to Honor Flight Rochester may be made in Mr. Hall’s memory. Visit https://honorflightrochester.org/donations/