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2017-12-05 / Obituaries

Richard J. Hall

Richard J. Hall (Coach Hall), 73, formerly of Camden, passed away on Dec. 1, 2017, with his family by his side after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. He was born on Sept. 20, 1944, in Walton, and was the son of Ernest and Evelyn Hall.

Coach Hall graduated high school from Downsville Central School in 1962. He was an outstanding athlete in baseball, basketball and soccer. He excelled in baseball and was one of the top high school pitchers in New York state. He was officially invited to try out for the New York Yankees. Coach Hall attended Cortland State College and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in physical education in 1966 and later a master’s degree in administration.

After graduating from Cortland, Coach Hall became a physical education teacher and coach both in Treadwell and Liberty. In 1970, he was ecstatic to be hired by the Camden Central School District as the head football coach for the Camden Blue Devils. At C.C.S., Coach Hall became a longtime physical education teacher and coach. Coaching became his passion and he successfully coached a variety of sports while at Camden. He was known for never allowing his athletes to use offensive language and expecting his athletes to treat one another with respect. His hard work and dedication led the Camden football team to a Tri-Valley League division title. Coach Hall eventually became the athletic director of the Camden Central School District.

Coach Hall enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, listening to the ‘oldies,’ watching live sporting events and talking about coaching. He also enjoyed camping at Sto-Ne-Nols Campground, playing Texas hold’em poker, performing stand-up comedy and rooting for the Giants NFL and Yankees MLB teams.

Coach Hall is survived by his three children: Chris Hall, Eric Hall and Alicia Hall Kaye, and two grandchildren. He is also survived by five half-sisters, one half-brother and several nieces and nephews.

A private family service will be held in his remembrance. Donations in Coach Hall’s memory may be made to the American Cancer Society.

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