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Philip R. Hall - Deceased, Jan. 29, 2013
Philip R. Hall
Philip R. Hall

ORANGE -- Funeral services were held on Monday morning, Feb. 4, 2013, at Witty's Funeral Home in Orange, for Philip R. Hall, 26, of 80 Sandrah Dr., who died unexpectedly on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013, at home after being stricken ill earlier.

The Rev. Dr. Megan Leary, of the Orange Central Congregational Church, officiated.

Words of remembrance were offered by Philip's sister, Jill, aunts Luanne Pierson and Laurie Dornig, friend, Mike Gelinas, and retired Orange Fire Department Captain Harry Brown.

Pastor Leary also offered her remembrance of Philip as a member of her church.

Interment followed in Jones Cemetery, Orange, with the Orange Fire Department escorting the funeral cortege to the cemetery.

The bearers were Ben Arnot, Roy Arnot, Mike Gelinas, Jerry Griffith, Curtis Ruby, Peter Whitmore, and Phil Whitmore.

At the conclusion of the committal service, the Orange Fire Department rang the return to station as a final fair well.

A reception was held in Fellowship Hall of the Orange Central Congregational Church.

Witty's Funeral Home, 158 South Main St., Orange, was honored with directing the arrangements.

ORANGE -- Philip R. Hall, 26, of 80 Sandrah Dr., died unexpectedly at home on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013 after being stricken ill.

Born in Gardner on March 13, 1986, he was a son of Bryan and Lurene (Ballou) Hall and grew up in Orange, graduating from Franklin County Technical School in Turners Falls in 2007.

Following graduation, Philip worked for the Gelinas Companies in Orange doing landscaping and grounds maintenance, as well as working for the trash removal division.

Philip could be found working along with his father and grandfather doing concessions at the annual Athol Memorial Hospital fair, the Village Fair of North Orange, and the fall fair of the Bethany Lutheran Church.

He enjoyed listening to his scanners and following the activities of the local fire departments and was a cadet on the Orange Fire Department. When he was younger, Philip enjoyed working at Johnson's Farm in Orange as well as helping Alphonse Chenausky with his haying. Philip just enjoyed helping people in general and will be sadly missed by those who knew him.

Philip was a member of the Orange Central Congregational Church and a lifetime member of the Orange Historical Society. He had also been a member of Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts. Phil also enjoyed the annual "Engine Show" in Orange and took great pride in driving his uncle's tractor during the show.

Survivors include his parents, Bryan and Lurene Hall of Orange; a sister, Jillian "Jill" Bastine and her husband, Cory, of Orange; his maternal grandparents, Grover "Bud" and Irene Ballou of Orange; paternal grandparents, Richard "Dick" and Jeanette Hall of North Orange; aunts and uncles, Lucille Songer and her husband, Kenneth, Luanne Pierson and her husband Charles Jr., Laurie Dornig and her husband, Ed, all of Orange, and Grover Ballou Jr. of New Salem; and many cousins including Jocelyn Songer, Evan Songer, Travis Songer, Charles Pierson III, Cait Ila Magee, Bethany Dornig, Bryant Green and Kaylon Green.; very good friends, Jerry Griffith and Mike Gelinas, both of Orange; and his many friends at the Orange Fire Department and Crimson Acres in Orange; as well as his cats, "Sterling" and "Cole".

Philip is now at peace with his late cat, "Elmo."

Calling hours will be Sunday, Feb. 3, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Witty's Funeral Home, 158 South Main St., Orange.

Funeral services will be Monday, Feb. 4, at Witty's Funeral Home in Orange at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Dr. Megan Leary of the Orange Central Congregational Church officiating.

Interment will follow in Jones Cemetery, Orange.

Flowers may be sent or donations to either the Witty's Community Fund, 158 South Main St., Orange, Mass. 01364 or to the Orange Historical Society for the Fire Department room, P.O. Box 28, Orange, Mass. 01364.

Witty's Funeral Home, 158 South Main St., Orange, is directing the arrangements.

You may offer your sympathy or find directions online at

Reader Comments

Posted: Monday, February 4, 2013
Article comment by: Ingrid Pollard

Laurene and Brian, Walter and I are so sorry tohear of Phillips passing. We knew he had been ill off and on, This must be so difficult for you, we just can't imagine how you can bare it. We'll miss him at the Historical Society's breakfasts. We'll just miss him. Our prayers are with you and your family.

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