Dr. Richard J. Hall ('Doc Hall') of Eden, N.Y. died Sunday, Feb. 1. He was 91. Dr. Hall was a longtime breeder and owner of Standardbreds in western New York. He also served for many years as Buffalo Raceway track veterinarian.
Dr. Hall, a veterinarian for 62 years, was a member of the Western New York Harness Horsemen's Association for the past 40 years. He was still a member until his passing and served as the association's president from 1984 until 1992.
He was involved in harness racing for 80 years. He was introduced to the sport by his father at the age of 11.
Dr. Hall, a member of the Western New York Veterinarians Association, was a graduate of the Ohio State University of Veterinary Medicine.
Current Western New York Harness Horsemen's Association president Bruce Tubin said of Dr. Hall, "He was a timeless advocate of the everyday local horseman. He was extremely generous when devoting his time and services to the horsemen at any time of any day. Dr. Hall he was way ahead of his time when it came to equine medical procedures and treatments."
Tubin added, "One of Dr. Hall's greatest thrills was our annual picnic where he was able to speak with all the horsemen and their families."
Vicky Loretto said of her father, "I remember my Dad and Mom taking me to the racetrack back in the 1960s. He just loved going to the racetrack. He loved the people there."
Dr. Hall is survived by his wife, Florence, and children Richard Hall, Thomas Hall, Ann Vakoc, Vicky Loretto. He was also the grandfather of T. Gus Hall, Kenneth Vakoc, Kathryn Hrisca along with Hayley, Drew and Madison Loretto.
The family will be present to receive friends Thursday, Feb. 5, from 1-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. at the John J. Kaczor Funeral Home, Inc., 5453 Southwestern Blvd. (corner of Rogers Rd.), Hamburg, N.Y. (716-646-5555). Funeral services are Friday at 11:00 a.m. at St. James United Church of Christ, 76 Main St., Hamburg, N.Y. (please assemble at church). (Buffalo)