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Francis Hall, 71, Canton
Monday, April 30, 2012 - 8:21 pm

Francis Hall, 71, of Canton, passed away Friday morning April 27th, 2012. He was surrounded by the family he dearly loved, in the home he had built with his own hands.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, May 5th at St. Mary's Church in Canton at 11:00 a.m. A luncheon will immediately follow next door at St. Mary's School, and all are invited to come and share memories with the family. There will be no burial, as Francis had wished his remains be donated to science. Francis married Patricia M. Elliott on Sept. 29th, 1962.

Beside his loving wife, he is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Jean Marie and Wayne Stowell of Mooresville N.C., a son and daughter-in-law Steven Francis and Jennifer Hasper Hall of Black Lake; a sister and brother-in-law, Barbara and Douglas Wilson of Brasher Falls; brother-in-law and spouse, Mike and Cindy Elliott of Washington Grove, MD; grandchildren Sami, Abby, Lincoln, Zach, Owen, and Maddy; and several cousins, nieces, and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents, Emmett F. and Madeline Leonard Hall; a sister, Carolyn M. Hall; an infant son; and several uncles and aunts.

He was born June 1st, 1940 at the family farmhouse in Brasher Falls, Francis graduated from St. Lawrence Central in 1958. He earned an A.A.S. from Canton A.T.I. in 1962 and his B.S. in Agricultural Engineering from Cornell University in 1965. He began his career working for A.O. Smith Harvestore. Next, Francis answered A.T.I.'s urgent need to fill a position, which turned into 35 years of Associate Professorship, teaching Agricultural Engineering, Building Technologies, and Heating and Plumbing. Weekends and vacations were spent working in carpentry with Gerald Leary of Brasher, helping area farmers in need, and teaching a hydraulics course for 14 years at Alcoa.

Francis supported his community with over 25 years of dedicated service on the Town of Canton Planning Board, and 15years of 4H Tractor Safety Certification Instruction. He was quick to share vegetables and fruits from his amazing gardens, and was eager to fix everything from well pumps and furnaces to baler knotters for his neighbors. He greatly enjoyed hunting with family and friends, and was a member of the Ozone Club, Inc. of Hopkinton for over 44 years. Francis loved all aspects of woodwork, from logging to fine cabinetry. His greatest joys were his wife, family and friends, and especially spending time with his grandchildren.

Francis lived to help others, never turning his back on anyone in need. In turn, we wish to express our appreciation for everyone who helped and supported him in his battle with cancer. Contributions can be made in his memory to St. Lawrence Valley Hospice, The C.P.H. Oncology Center, or St. Mary's Church in Canton.

Condolences may be shared with the family online at www.olearyfuneralservice.com.