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Harry Richard Hall

Obituary for Harry Richard Hall

January 9, 1957 - March 12, 2021
San Mateo, California | Age 64

In Loving Memory


Harry Richard Hall (also known as Heru) passed away unexpectedly on March 12, 2021 in Montara, CA at the age of 64. Harry is survived by his wife, Barbara and children, Malea (25) of San Mateo, Mikeala (25) of Santa Monica, and Jalen (22) of San Mateo. He is also survived by his sisters, Jennifer Jackson, Louise Hall, and Valerie Ayoob, and brother, Mark Hall, and many relatives in the Bay Area, Alabama, and Atlanta. He is also survived by his nieces and nephews, Steven White, Karry White, Richard White, and Horace (Munchie)White, Zachary Lewis, Mandan Morris, Patricia Will, George Ayoob, and Amanda Ayoob. He is preceded in death by his sisters, Pamela Hall and Cheryl Harville-Hall, and parents, Gertrude Sullivan Hall and George Dunbar Hall. He touched many lives and inspired many, as a musician, audio engineer, volunteer coordinator and in his landscaping, gardening and floristry work.

Harry was born in Redwood City, CA and graduated from Cubberley High School in Palo Alto in 1975. He earned an A.A. with honors from the College of San Mateo in Radio Broadcasting. As a young man he traveled a lot, starting at age eighteen, with trips to Mexico, Brazil, and two trips to Cuba, with stops around other countries like Colombia, Guatemala, Peru and the Philippines. He moved to Maui, Hawaii on a one-way ticket and lived there for seven years. Once returning to California, he worked briefly for a local newspaper in Visalia before returning to the Bay Area.

In 1995, Harry met Barbara at a community television production. Early on, they traveled to Mexico, Belize and Guatemala, and made many trips to upstate New York. They had twin daughters, Malea and Mikeala, and son, Jalen. Harry worked in commercial radio production at KGO, KSFO and KMKY, and for 15 years at KCSM, Jazz 91 as an on-air host (1998-2013). He was Production Coordinator for Learning Ally for 12 years, until 2017, and before that with College Track. In the last few years of his life, Harry has worked on audio, gardening, and landscaping projects. He volunteered with Second Harvest, delivering food to families in need. In 2014 he produced a one-man play, Blues for Charles, which was performed at the San Francisco and Austin, TX Fringe Festivals. He was a man of prayer as a Nichiren Buddhist for the last 15 years.

He was a very proud father, when Malea graduated from Syracuse University, Mikeala from UC Davis, and Jalen, who's getting ready to graduate from San Jose State University. We will miss his fun loving, inquisitive and passionate nature, especially about music, politics and sports. He loved to learn, was avid about news and liked a lively discussion. He played guitar almost every day, writing original songs, and was in several bands throughout his life. He played several times in the band for the UN Association International Film Festival at Stanford. He and Barbara loved to go to Stanford Men's Basketball games, walk, hike and go to jazz shows and festivals.

A memorial service will be held on Sunday, March 21. In lieu of flowers, the family encourages a tribute gift to the Homeless Prenatal Program in San Francisco, or the International Rescue Committee (IRC).

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