8/29/1951-5/21/2016 William "Dickie" Hall, 64, of Bradenton, originally from New Harbor, Maine, passed away peacefully in his sleep after a courageous battle with lung cancer on the morning of May 21, 2016. Dickie moved back home to Maine with his family earlier this month. Born August 29, 1951, Dickie was the son of William "Billy" Hall & Ramona Sawyer. Dickie grew up in Round Pond and attended local schools & the University of Maine, Orono. He began playing lead guitar at the age of 14. During his early guitar years, many of the bands he played in enjoyed jamming in the family barn on the Back Shore Road in Round Pond, always attracting many locals as well as other fellow musicians to the door yard. People living in town would open their doors & windows to listen to and enjoy the music flowing from the barn. Dickie loved playing music for people and chatting with them during breaks. He always had kind words to say to, and about, everyone. After moving to Florida over 30 yrs. ago, he continued to play music locally. Dickie was an accomplished guitarist and member of local bands such as The Royal Shaft and Ellsworth & Co., playing at various venues in Bradenton and Sarasota. In 2003, Dickie joined Griffith-Cline Funeral Home in Bradenton as a Funeral Home Associate, Courier, and Building & Grounds Supervisor. He became like family to the staff he worked with over the course of the last 13 years. Dickie was preceded in death by his father Billy Hall; step-father Kenneth Sawyer; and half sister Karen Meyers. He is survived by his mother Ramona Sawyer; sisters Pammy Hall-Gaeth (Rick) & Cyndy Sheppard; nieces Sarah & Jessica Sheppard, Brittany Carter (Chris), and Jessica Meyers (Ryan Cilbrith); nephew Alex Gaeth; great-nieces Sydney Gaeth, Alanna Cilbrith, & Emily Carter; and his great-nephew Brayden Cilbrith. Dickie will be sadly missed by all that he touched and will forever be cherished for all the fond memories he left in everyone's heart. A memorial service will be held locally to honor and remember our dear friend on Saturday, June 4, 2016 at 10:00 A.M. at Griffith-Cline Funeral Home, 720 Manatee Ave. West, Bradenton, FL 34205. www.GriffithCline.com
Griffith Cline Funeral Home
720 Manatee Ave. W.
Bradenton, FL 34205
Published in The Bradenton Herald on May 29, 2016