RIP John Hall

John Hall, bassist for the funk-jazz band Addison Groove Project, passed away at about 2 a.m. last Friday morning. Hall, who had turned 25 less than a week earlier, was a devoted Phish fan and well respected by those who knew him. His family has asked that donations be made to the Mockingbird Foundation in his memory, as indicated in this touching obituary, assembled from several sources:

John Skinger Hall, 25, of Wellesley, MA, died at home on Friday, November 26th, 2004, after a seventeen month battle with colorectal cancer. He was 25.

A musician and a founding member of the jazz-funk band Addison Groove Project, John attended elementary school in Middlebury, VT, and graduated from Wellesley High School. He graduated with a degree in English (creative writing) from Skidmore College in 2003, and, during his undergraduate years, he toured extensively with Addison Groove Project.

John is surveid by his parents Reverand Addison Curtis Hall and Jody Skinger Hall of Wellesley; sister Frances E. Hall of Portland, OR; and grandmother Constance (Adams) Skinger of Wellesley, formerly of Stowe and Middlebury, VT, and the late Joseph A. Skinger and Mary (Curtis) Hall of Ashfield, MA, and the late Richard S. Hall. John is also survived by numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

Visiting hours will be at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 79 Denton Rd. Wellesley, MA on Thursday, December 2nd, 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. The funeral will be at St. Andrew’s Church on Saturday, December 4th at 2:00 p.m.

Donations may be made to The Mockingbird Foundation (supporting music education for children), c/o The Godards, 6948 Luther Circle, Moorpark, CA. 93021, or HealthCare Dimensions Hospice, 40 Woerd Ave., Suite 102, Waltham, MA. 02453, Attn: Jennifer Harding.

We extend condolences to his family, friends, and fans, and welcome you to join us in remembering his life and art. If you have a photograph, service program, or other rememberance of John which you would like us to share with other fans, please send them to ellis@mbird.org.

Memorial Contributors

On behalf of John’s family, the Mockingbird board is honored to have received donations in John’s memory from…

* Margaret and Robert Abrahamson
* David C. Adams
* Valerie and Hale Andrews
* Mary Lou Ashton
* Denise Bacon
* David and Meredith Babbott
* Susan and James Belanger
* Raymond N. ligh
* David and Hope Boghosian
* Mark and Elizabeth Bono
* Nora Bredes
* Stephen and Nancy Calderwood
* John and Harriet Carey
* Michael G. Champion
* David and Bevra Cole
* Lorraine and John Cross
* The Rt. Rev. George E. and Ruth M. Councell
* John and Olga Dalton
* John D’Auria
* Adam and Stacy Diliberto
* Norman and Alys Dorian
* William and Ann Elders
* The Ellis Family (William R. Ellis and Mary E. Crown)
* Shirley and Bill Emerson
* Nelson T. Everts
* Courtney Fennimore
* Donald and June Fitzgerald
* Linda and James Gallo
* Natalie and Jim Garland
* Stephen and Gardner Gibson
* The Gignaffini Family (Pamela and Louis)
* Mark and Lisa Hastings
* Frances and Michael Hawkey
* Pamela S. and Alan K. Henrikson
* Barbara and Bernard Horan
* James and Ruth Hubert
* Cynthia and Sam Hunt
* Carol R. Jankowski
* Nicole Jochec
* Mrs. Ingrid Kainen
* Katherine F. Kelly
* Zenaida Kim
* Gillian Kolodny
* Lynda LaRoche
* William and Leslie Lee
* Alice E. La Roche
* David and Jean Littlefield
* Richmond and Eleanor Littlefield
* Deborah S. Lorenz
* Suzie and Jack MacKenzie
* Katherine J. Maly
* George E. and Merrilyn D. Marsh
* John P. McWilliams
* Norma and Haig Megerian
* Susan Hazelett Miller and Dan Miller
* Jayne and Kevin Moore
* Bill and Peggy Morrison-Curtis, and Mary D. Curtis
* Virginia M. Murray and Clayton Boyle
* Dorrie Parini
* Alice N. Perine
* Jeffrey D. Pollack
* Honoree Fleming and Ron Powers
* Frederic B. and Grantha L. Preston
* Linda and Laurence Reineman
* Louise S. Rogers, on behalf of Kerry Richmond
* Charles Rourke
* Lawrence and Cynthia Scott
* Ashvin K. Shah
* Dr. J. Austin Sowles
* Connie L. Staats
* Patricia Strange
* Charlotte and Timothy Surgenor
* Margaret Taylor
* Katherine Teetor
* Regan Teti
* The Rev. Frederick W. Thayer
* Philip and Jean Valence
* Roberta C. Vock
* R Carlin Walsh
* The Wellesley Montessori School, Inc.
* Ralph and Mary West
* Virginia B. Wickwire
* Kathy Willard, DLC Corp / Don Law Company
* The Woerner Family
* Elisabeth Woodbury
* Amy Yavitz
* Peter Yurchak
* Margaret N. and Paul M. Zusky

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