Preston Hall
1932 - 2020
September 14, 1932
November 15, 2020
Preston W. Hall, 88

WORCESTER - Preston W. "Skip" Hall, 88, of Worcester, formerly of West Boylston and Lancaster, passed away Sunday, November 15, in St. Vincent Hospital.

His loving wife of 65 years, Rosemary (Carlin) Hall passed away last year. He is survived by their five children, Deborah and husband Jeffrey Heller of Needham, MA, Preston "Pete" and wife Dawn Hall of North Andover, MA, James and wife Sharon Hall of Charlton, MA, Thomas and wife Christine Hall of Bedford, NH, and David and wife Katrina Hall of Hollis, NH. He had fifteen grandchildren Jessica, Kristin, Garrett, Michelle, Preston, Eric, Matthew, Elizabeth, Lauren, Brittnay, Andrew, James, Jacob, Sophia, and Samuel, and five great grandchildren, Elijah, Nathan, Brayden, Collin, and Cole. Three siblings, Edward Hall, Katharine Baker and Evelyn Russell predeceased him. He was born in Worcester, son of Preston M. and Rachel (Winship) Hall. Skip graduated from Hebron Academy, received a bachelor of science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maine and graduated from the School of Industrial Management at WPI where he received the Albert H. Schwieger Award for outstanding professional achievement.

Skip had a long career in manufacturing. He started out as an engineer at Hobbs Manufacturing and quickly became the plant manager and he eventually became the President of the company. He then went on to become the President of Rexnord Inc. Knife Division, managing plants in Maynard, MA Ottumwa, IA and Athlone, Ireland. He retired as the CEO of Wolf Coach in Auburn, MA. Skip remained active as a board member of Mass Materials Research and various other corporations in Massachusetts as well as serving as a consultant for Darmann Abrasive Products in Clinton, MA.

He was known to his family as Mr. Fixit and loved to tinker in the shop he built behind his house on the lake in Lancaster. Skip fulfilled his lifelong dream of living on the water with the thought that he could go trout fishing whenever he liked. This passion was instilled in him at a young age when he learned to fish in Rangeley, ME with his father and grandfather at the family cabin. When he wasn't fishing, he enjoyed playing tennis, golf and many games of bridge with his wife. Skip's other true passion was being a proud member of Rotary International from 1964 until his death. Skip over the years served on both the Education and Service Funds of the Club. He was also on the board of directors. was a bell ringer for the Salvation Army Christmas collections. He was proud of the heritage of service to others that his family has continued to take part in whether through Rotary or other groups that serve.

Visiting Hours are Monday, November 23 from 5 to 7pm at Callahan Fay and Caswell Funeral Home, 61 Myrtle St. A Burial Service will be held Tuesday, November 24 at 11am in Mt. Vernon Cemetery, West Boylston. Donations in lieu of flowers can be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society ( or the FRAXA Research Foundation (

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Published by Worcester Telegram & Gazette from Nov. 16 to Nov. 22, 2020.
5:00p.m. - 7:00p.m.
Callahan Fay Caswell Funeral Home
61 Myrtle St, Worcester, MA 01608
Mt. Vernon Cemetery
, West Boylston, Massachusetts
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I am sad to learn that Skip is gone. He was the only Hall relative that I knew. He was the relative that pushed and encouraged me to finish the bibliography of our uncle, S. Davis Winship. I will miss the phone calls with Skip.
David H Record
December 28, 2020
So sorry for your loss, Skip will be fondly remembered. Reunited with Rosemary, we can see them playing bridge with Normand and Irene at Heaven's Worcester Club. Keeping you all in our prayers. Susan & Richard Wilhelmy, Cheryl & Andy, Bruce Wilhelmy and families
Susan Wilhelmy
December 27, 2020
My sincerest sympathies to all of the Hall family. I worked with Skip throughout his years with Rexnord Knife Div. He was both my boss and my mentor. I am eternally grateful for all that Skip did for me
during our many years together. He was a very compassionate man who always treated his employees as if they were his own family. RIP Skip.
Bill Dulmaine
November 21, 2020
My condolences to the Hall family. So sorry to hear of your loss.. You are in my prayers.
Diane Patten
November 19, 2020
Dear Family, My prayers are with you at this time. Uncle Skip was such a warm and loving person. Rangley has been memory I keep in my heart with loving fondness. My pray for all of you to find peace as you live with your loss.My faith gives me joy knowing your Mom and Dad are together again. Much love to you all,
Judy Hanscom
November 19, 2020
My condolences to Skip's family. Skip's support during my tenure as Rotary President was invaluable and appreciated. Skip was a true Rotarian and always was a valuable source of council. I suppose that an individuals greatest compliment is what those left behind in life think of you when you have moved on from all earthly boundaries and in that sense Skip was well represented on the side of kindness and humility. Rest in peace Skip, you have earned it from a life well lived.
Sandro P DiDonato
November 19, 2020