Norman Eliot Hall
Norman Eliot Hall, 71, a native and lifelong resident of Nashua, Nashua Funeral Director and former owner of Davis Funeral Home, died at his home on Tuesday, August 20, 2019 following a lengthy battle with Bladder Cancer.
He was born in Nashua on February 11, 1948, a son of the late Earl Norris and Lillian Pilsbery (Sherwin) Hall. Norman was the husband of Kathy J. (Holsten) Hall of Nashua and the widower of Virginia Mary (Shea) Hall.
He was educated in Nashua and was a graduate of Nashua High School, Class of 1966.
Norman was also a graduate of the New England Institute of Anatomy, Sanitary Science, Embalming and Funeral Directing in Boston, Class of 1967. As well, he was a graduate of the United States Army Quartermaster School, Memorial Activities Course in 1970. Norman was licensed as an embalmer in 1970, prior to entering the U.S. Army.
Norman served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam Era and was stationed at Fort McClellan, Alabama before being assigned to the United States Army Mortuary, DaNang South Vietnam. He was honorably discharged in 1972, with the rank of Specialist 4. Norman was awarded the Army Commendation Medal, The National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal and the Vietnam Campaign Medal.
Upon completion of his military duties, Norman relocated back to Nashua, and began working for Davis Funeral Home in 1972, and became licensed as a Funeral Director in 1977, and purchased the funeral home in 1987. Professionally, Norman was a member and Past President of the New Hampshire Funeral Directors Association, and was a member of the National Funeral Directors Association and at one time proudly served on the NFDA Policy Board representing New Hampshire. He was a member of the Selected Independent Funeral Homes and the Cremation Association of North America.
Norman held membership in the Odd Fellows and was a Past Noble Grand as well as the Organizations associated bodies, Masonic Fraternity, Scottish Rite bodies, York Rite bodies, and Bektash Shriners, the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He is a life member of the Nashua Historical Society. At one time, Norman was a member of the Grange and was a Past Master.
Norman has made many cherished connections in his life as a lifetime Nashua resident. He was a proud participant and enjoyed many aspects of Nashua, especially parades and the Holiday stroll. Many people have shared stories about his ability to serve and support the families of Nashua for most of his life. In his personal and professional life, he was known as a storyteller, a compassionate comforter, and a thoughtful listener to all of life experiences. Through his many travels all over the US, his favorites to national parks and monuments, he added many prized items to his collections of pewter and Disney memorabilia. Norman loved to watch his grandchildren shine and shared pride over their accomplishments, and always laughed along with their funny antics to amuse him.
In addition to his first wife Mary, he was predeceased by a sister, Barbara A. Ford and his brother, Warren V. Hall as well as his uncle, Whitford R. Hall who recently passed.
Survivors include his wife, Kathy J. (Holsten) Hall of Nashua; his son, Andrew R. Hall of Nashua; his daughter, Heather M. Blondin and her husband Michael of Nashua; Kathy’s daughters,
Christine Lightsey and her husband Dewitt of Tilton, NH, and Kimberly Theriault and her husband Andrew of Merrimack; Nine grandchildren, US Army Private Austin R. Hall, Abigail Chase Hall, Emily Maura Blondin, Lucas Eliot Blondin, Hope Mary Blondin, Jackson David Theriault, Madison Ava Theriault, Colin David Stark Lightsey and Charlotte Grace Lightsey; three sisters, Priscilla J. Briand of Spring Hill, Fl, Phyllis R. Britton of Nashua and Beverly A. Conery of Ft. Myers, Fl; a brother-in-law, Ralph H. Ford of Bristol; numerous nieces and nephews.
SERVICES: Visiting hours will be held on Sunday, August 25, 2019 from 3 to 7 pm at The Davis Funeral Home, One Lock Street, Nashua. A Funeral service will be held on Monday, August 26, 2019 at 10:00 am at the First Church of Nashua, UCC, One Concord Street, Nashua. Relative and friends are respectfully invited to attend. Burial and Military Rites will follow at Edgewood Cemetery, Nashua. Donations made be made in Norman’s loving memory to The First Church, Nashua UCC, Ministers Discretionary Fund, One Concord Street, Nashua, NH 03064 or Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth- Hitchcock (CHaD), One Medical Center Drive, Lebanon, NH 03756, https://www.chadkids.org/donate.html. The Davis Funeral Home, 1 Lock St., Nashua, NH 03064 is in charge of arrangements. An online guest-book is available at www.davisfuneralhomenh.com. (603) 883-3401. “ONE MEMORY LIGHTS ANOTHER.”