BERNARDS TOWNSHIP, NJ - A funeral service was scheduled at 11 a.m. on June 6 for longtime Basking Ridge resident and former Ridge High School teacher and coach, Peter W. Hall, whose obituary said he died peacefully at his home on Thursday, May 29.
The service for Hall, 74, was to be held at Liberty Corner Presbyterian Church, at 45 Church St. in the Liberty Corner section of Bernards Township, according to obituary information. Kearns Funeral Home of Whitehouse is handling arrangements, and has set up an online obituary that invites comments from friends and family.
In the Ridge community, many remember Hall's substantial contributions to that school's athletic program, as longtime coach of the Red Devils baseball team, which won many championships on his watch, and as athletic director and assistant football coach under the late Harry Bush, who also was remembered as a famed Ridge coach.
"I first met Pete when I was baskeball official and he was the assistant AD at Ridge in the mid-80s and early 90s, said Rich Shello, the high school's current athletic director. "Pete was very professional and wanted to make sure things were organized and done the right way. He impressed me as a man of principle and consistency."
The obituary said that Hall had been a teacher at Ridge for 28 years, as well as serving as coach and athletic director.
Shello said on Tuesday that Hall "did not believe in taking shortcuts but valued a good day's work. He was humble and gracious and cared greatly about the kids that he taught and coached."
Hall had his own athletic career as a two-time All-American baseball player at Rutgers University, and played three years for the Yankees organization, with which he reached AA in 1964, his obituary said. Hall had been inducted into the Rutgers Olympic Hall of Fame, the NJSIAA Hall of Fame, the Bound Brook High School Hall of Fame, and the Ridge High School Athletic Hall of Fame, his obituary said.
Bernards Township Mayor John Carpenter, a Ridge High School graduate, said he had been coached in football by Peter Hall at a time when Bush had been head coach.
"I remember him [Hall] as calm, laconic and direct with a wry sense of humor," Carpenter recalled on Tuesday.
Carpenter said he and Hall had both been volunteers on the township's Deer Management Committee, and Hall also had been active in township recreation.
"Pete was just a great guy who did not know how to be uninvolved in his community," Carpenter said.
But Carpenter added he had never gotten used to calling his former coach "Pete." He noted, "Always wanted to call him Mr. Hall."
His obituary said he had lived in Basking Ridge since 1984.
In lieu of flowers, the obituary also asks that donations be made to Friends of the KMS Farmstead, P.O. Box 150, Basking Ridge, 07920. Funeral arrangements were by the Kearns Funeral Home in Whitehouse. For more information, or to post a message of condolence, visit the website.