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John R. Hale

Posted By DeBord-Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory On November 29, 2016 @ 3:11 pm In Obituaries | 13 Comments

John R. Hale, 80, passed away on Saturday, November 26, 2016 at Lancaster Regional Medical Center after a lengthy illness.  He was the husband of Carolyn Cochrane Kent, with whom he celebrated 21 years of marriage.

Born in Corning, NY he was the son of the late William and Louise McGuigan Hale.

John graduated from High School in Elmira, NY.  He attended Lehigh University, where he played football.  He graduated with a degree in Engineering from Alfred University and a master’s degree from Penn State University.

John was an engineer for 30 years at RCA in Lancaster, where he earned 25 patents.  He started an Engineering International Consulting Company, called OMNI-MTE in 1990.

He was a veteran in the United States Army Reserves.

His interests included travel, skiing, baseball, football, real estate, property renovation/management and real estate investment.

He visited over 45 countries, including skiing at over 100 areas.  He volunteered with several community groups, including Meals on Wheels and Boy Scouts of America (where he built the Exploring Program.)  He also volunteered at the Lancaster County Conservancy and was named “Conservationist of the year” in 2000.  Annually, he sponsored achievement awards at Joliet Academy in Joliet, IL.

Surviving besides his wife are four children: Kelly Ann Hale of Hudson, WI; David P. Hale of Woodlands, TX; Thomas M. Hale of Mt. Joy, PA; Ania K. Hale of Anaheim, CA; five grandchildren:  Meredith Merkle, Parker Warfield, Lindsay Hale, Chase Warfield and Ian Hale.  He was predeceased by two brothers: William Hale and Robert Hale.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend a Memorial Mass at Saint Catherine of Siena Church, 955 Robert Fulton Highway, Quarryville, PA on Friday, December 16, 2016 at 3:00 p.m.  The family will visit with friends at the church on Friday, December 16th from 2:00-3:00 p.m.  Private interment will be held at the convenience of the family in St. Joseph’s New Catholic Cemetery.

Please omit flowers.  If desired, contributions in his memory may be sent to the charity of one’s choice.

Condolences for the family of “John R. Hale”

Condolence from Diane on November 29th, 2016 5:02 pm

My heartfelt condolences to the family and friends. May you find comfort when you read Philippians 4:6,7.

Condolence from Dick & Sylvia Powell on November 30th, 2016 11:00 am

Our sincere sympathy to you, Carolyn and to John’s family. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers. We have truly lost a wonderful friend.

Condolence from Denny on November 30th, 2016 12:00 pm

John Hale, a great combination of humor and intelligence, travel and skiing. It was my pleasure to know him and Carolyn.

Condolence from Noreen Wint on December 2nd, 2016 2:42 pm

Today I learned about Johns passing. In my memory, he is not
gone at all, he’s skiing and driving his old sports car into the vast universe and beyond. Many years ago when we were a bit younger(a bit!) we were on a Lancaster Ski Club bus , off to Vermont, and this great hearted man sat with us (Frank and ne) for a long time as the old bus creaked and slid through the night.. We didn’t know it then, but over the years we became fast friends, he was funny, easygoing , and distinguished himself as a fine and decent human being. . My Irish mother would say”sure he had a heart as big as a mountain” . John had CLASSwith a capital ‘C’.. I think we all liked his spunk, his ability to get along with people everywhere . John, my darling, you were the very best of men …….⛷Nireen Wint

Condolence from Kelly on December 23rd, 2016 1:03 pm

Thank you Noreen … I think of you and your family often and the times we all had together … love Kelly Hale

Condolence from Hal Halpin Clan 54 on December 3rd, 2016 8:17 pm

John was a classmate at Elmira South Side High. More than that, he was a dear friend. We have had too little face-to-face time over the last 60 years, but kept in touch via e-mail. He and Carolyn have been in my prayers since I learned of his extraordinary health issues over the last two years. He sure as hell was a fighter

Condolence from Mary Anne Duffy on December 4th, 2016 3:26 pm

John Hale, a good man who never hesitated to share his knowledge & opinions freely. His generosity was enormous . John challenged my knowledge & experience as a doctor to listen, think, research & learn.
Least I forget, he was my connoisseur of single malt scotch & fine Irish whiskey.
John peace to your soul. Carolyn my love, respect always with you.
With deep respect, Dr Mary Anne Duffy

Condolence from Diane Tremaine on December 6th, 2016 5:01 pm

My heart is sad. Words can never express my appreciation for what John and Carolyn have done for me and my son many years ago, when my husband passed away. I have never met a man with a bigger heart than John. Carolyn, you and your family are in my thoughts. I know that everyone will celebrate John’s life, since he truly lived it so well. He was loved by many and he touched so many lives. He will live on in our hearts.
With my deepest sympathy,

Condolence from Joe and Jan on December 6th, 2016 6:09 pm

John Hale you are a great friend we had a wonderful time traveling with you and Carolyn to Australia and to Germany never forget the love that we had I know I know that you will be skiing in the Big Sky for eternity

Condolence from Steve Randler on December 10th, 2016 3:34 pm

So sorry for your loss Thomas Hale and prayers too your family as well.

Condolence from Ralph Kearney on December 14th, 2016 4:51 pm

I saw Johns obituary today. My most sincere sympathy to you and the family.

Condolence from Hillary and Rick Shade on December 15th, 2016 10:09 am

Carolyn – Our prayers are with you, and your family, at this most difficult time – this is such sad news about John. Sorry to hear he suffered for awhile…..not an easy way to pass on. We didn’t realize he had so many accomplishments in his life – he left a great legacy. Also, you had 21 years of marriage, so you have lots of wonderful memories to help sustain you. It has been too long since we’ve seen you. (I have a conflict tomorrow, but there’s a chance I can get there for his Memorial Mass. If I can’t, I will call later to talk.) All our Love, Hillary & Rick

Condolence from Bob hale on December 16th, 2016 9:00 am

Big John,
On your passing I am comforted by the fact that you have finally joined Dad in Heaven.
First chair is in half an hour. Fresh snow awaits….Your seat is ready for you at the table on the deck of Alf’s Lodge!!!

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