Alfred B."Fritz" Hall, 71, of Crystal Lake, Clifford Township, passed away on Sunday, March 17, 2013, at his Crystal Lake home.
Born in Hallstead, Pa., to the late Alfred J. "A.J." and Helen Trowbridge Hall, Fritz was known for his strong work ethic, business sense, practical jokes and fun-loving spirit.
In addition to his passion for boating and Crystal Lake living, Fritz lived and breathed for Benton Foundry Inc., where he served as president for more than 37 years. Prior to then, Fritz was employed at Hallstead Foundry from 1958 until 1974. Since taking over ownership of Benton Foundry in 1975, the operation has grown 10-fold and currently employs 275 with nearly 400 customers. Fritz's tremendous foresight not only resulted in him being a leader in the metal-casting industry, but also led to the recent development of Benton Foundry's on-site Discovery Center, a place to explore and learn about the trade. Fritz was the past director of the American Foundrymen's Society, the American Cast Metals Association, the Gray and Ductile Iron Foundry Society and the National Foundrymen's Association. Additionally, he was a member of the Iron Casting Society's Illustrious Order of Gates & Risers.
A 1960 graduate of Blue Ridge High School, Fritz attended Broome County Technical College. He previously served as president of Hallstead Lions Club; past board member of Peoples National Bank, Hallstead, and of United Penn Bank, Dallas. Fritz was a member of Bluestone Lodge F&AM, Caldwell Consistory and Irem Temple. He served as an elder of Presbyterian Church USA, was past president of Dallas Rotary Club
, past president and board member of Crystal Lake League, and past board member of Crystal Lake Private Park Association. He was also a longtime member of Trinity Presbyterian Church, Dallas, and a member of Clarks Summit Presbyterian Church.
Fritz was known for making "big waves" at the lake, whipping adventurous passengers behind the boat on the inner tube, attracting dolphins in Cape Coral, riding his tractor and adding a lot of magic into the lives of those he touched – especially the lives of his grandchildren.
Fritz will sadly be missed by his wife, JoAnn Todd Hall; his son and daughter-in-law, Jeffrey and Lauran Hall, Shavertown; his daughter and son-in-law, Kimberley and Philip Kindler, Dallas; his five beloved grandsons, Kyle and Nicholas Hall, Tracey, TJ and Corey Kindler; and his mother-in-law, Claribel Todd, Crystal Lake. He is also survived by a sister, Linda Adams, Key Largo, Fla.
He was preceded in death by his brother and dear friend, Raymond "Butch" Hall.
A memorial service and celebration of Fritz's life will be held at Elkview Country Club, Crystal Lake, on Saturday, March 30. Friends and family will gather at 9 a.m. The ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. with the Rev. William Carter, pastor of Clark Summit Presbyterian Church, officiating. Cremation arrangements have been entrusted to the Jones and Brennan Funeral Home, 430 Main St., Forest City.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, via the Alfred "Fritz" Hall Legacy Fund, at: firstgiving.com/fundraiser/fritz-hall/KeeptheMemoryAlive
, or mail to 1500 Rosecrans Ave., Suite 200, Manhattan Beach, Calif. 90266.