Obituary: Eddie Hall, Carbineers officer and businessman

2011-11-17 00:00

EDDIE Hall, a well-known city businessman and a long-serving member of the Natal Carbineers, has died at the age of 83.

For many years he ran the family contracting business, A.G. Hall, which was started by his grandfather in 1902.

It is believed to be the second oldest family business, now in its sixth generation, run in Pietermaritzburg that is still solely owned and controlled by the founding family. Hall once attributed this success to getting “the basics right. And we have always believed in the old-fashioned value of hard work”.

A bandsman with the Carbineers for 60 years, he followed in the footsteps of his father, Staff Sergeant Alfie Hall, after whom the family business is named.

At one point in the 1970s three generations of the family played in the same band, including Eddie’s son John — now a major in the Carbineers and past regimental sergeant major.

Hall was a member of the Carbineers shooting team from 1956 until 1990.

He received the Chief of SADF Commendation Medal (later renamed the Military Merit Medal — MMM) for service beyond the call of duty.

Hall retired from the Natal Carbineers in 1991 with the rank of commandant. However, he continued to play in the regimental band until illness forced him to stop at the end of 2010.

He was promoted to colonel in 1992 and served as the Natal Command CF liaison officer. He succeeded Colonel Peter Francis as colonel of the regiment, a position he held at the time of his death.

Hall was a member of Round Table until his 40th birthday, coached junior football at Savages in the 1970s and was the vice chairperson of the Maritzburg Football Club Supporters’ Club. He played the trumpet for a number of years in the Pietermaritzburg Philharmonic Orchestra and was a regular in the orchestra at all the Herald Players productions.

Hall leaves his wife of 59 years, Denny, children John, Trish, Odette, Alan and their families.

The memorial service will take place on the afternoon of November 24 at St Mary’s Catholic Church.

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