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“Bonnie - Sorry to hear the loss of your dad. A great guy, as I remember from my visits during college. I hope all is well?!!! (Say hello to Robin for...Read More »
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“Dear Barbara and Family,Sending prayers and much sympathy to you and yours during this very sad time. I was always so pleased to hear of the...Read More »
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“Dear Friends, you are all in our prayers at this sad time. Buzz was a remarkable man, so vibrant in his joy of living and such a witness to the...Read More »
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“Barbara and Family..... Our deepest sympathies on your tragic loss. Buzz leaves a legacy of friendship and kindness cherished by colleagues in...Read More »
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“Barbara - we are praying for you and your family, for comfort and peace. Buzz's was a life well lived. We will miss him.Doug & Lee Ann Kerr ”
5 of 10 | Posted by: Doug Kerr

“We are so sad Mr Hale was taken so suddenly!He was a vibrant man, that lived a full exciting life!He was very friendly & joy to talk to.He shared...Read More »
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7 of 10 | Posted by: Susan Pposkus - Granby, CT

“Kim,Bonnie and Robin,Heather called me from Japan and told me(in AZ) of your great loss. Words seem inadequate at this time. I am very sorry for...Read More »
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“Lifting the Hale family in prayers for comfort and peace. With love, Paula & Bob Barkley ”
9 of 10 | Posted by: Paula Barkley - Lexington, NC

“Our heartfelt sympathy to the whole family in the loss of so fine a man. Prayers for comfort, strength and peaceful gratitude for a life so well...Read More »
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Gilbert "Buzz" Lawrence Hale, 88, of Granby, beloved husband for 60 years of Barbara (Tilden) Hale, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, April 16, 2017, at his home. Born in Windsor on January 8, 1929, son of the late John and Lillian (Emerson) Hale, he was raised in Windsor, was a graduate of John Fitch High School, Class of 1946 and had served as President of his high school class. After high school, Buzz continued his education at Trinity College in Hartford. When the Korean War started, he left college and enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and served until his honorable discharge. Buzz returned to Windsor and started working with his father and his brother in their family business, Hale Automotive and later Hale & Hardy Trailers. Buzz and his brother later joined together in another venture, the Millbrook Golf Course on Pigeon Hill Road in Windsor which they ran for many years together. In the mid 1960's, Buzz got out of the golf course business and took a position at Combustion Engineering in Windsor. He worked as a water chemist and ultimately as a laboratory supervisor until his retirement in 1989 after over 25 years of service. He loved learning and mentoring other scientists at Combustion Engineering and returned to college at the University of Hartford completing his Bachelors Degree in Chemistry. While working at Combustion, Buzz and his colleagues earned several patents for their laboratory work. Buzz stayed close to his family and moved with his wife and daughters to Granby in 1973. Many of Buzz's family lived near him on Haleview Drive and Buzz became an active part of the community in Granby. He served on the Granby Inland Wetlands & Watercourses Commission and was a member of the Granby Men's Club where he helped to organize the speakers for the group's breakfast meetings. He loved nature and animals and enjoyed tending to the gardens around his home and the horses, chickens, and dogs that his family had over the years. Buzz's thirst for adventure started at a young age. As a young man, he prospected with his brother Emerson for uranium and discovered a large cache while flying over East Granby. These early experiences led Buzz to have a lifelong passion for travel and appreciation for other people and cultures. He and his family hosted six exchange students over the years and supported children through World Vision, including a young woman from Thailand that they visited and supported through her graduation from nursing school. Whether it was helping a tour guide he met in Russia to come to the United States and become a citizen or assisting a young family with their children's homework, Buzz lived out his faith and his commitment to helping others every day of his life. He gave all that he could to others and made a huge difference in their lives by sharing experiences with them that no one else could. He freely gave of his time and his treasure to make a difference in the world. Buzz and his wife ultimately visited all seven continents including Antarctica. He was a member of Poquonock Community Church in the Poquonock section Windsor for over 35 years, where he served on the Prudential Board and the Deaconate Committee and was a driving force behind the church's annual Strawberry Suppers in the Spring and Harvest Dinners in the Fall. Most of all, Buzz loved his family. He travelled with his wife, children, and grandchildren and passed on to them his sense of adventure, thirst for knowledge, passion for helping others, and respect for all cultures. Besides his loving wife Barbara, he leaves three daughters, Kim MicHalewicz and her husband Brian of Granby, Bonnie Mihran and her husband Greg of Campbell, CA, and Robin Lindsay and her husband John of High Point, NC; six grandchildren, Heidi Michalewicz and her fiancé, John Anderson of Granby, Nathan Michalewicz of Granby, Stacey Spurr and her husband Brian of Boston, MA, Chelsey Middlebrook and her fiancé Nick Toma of Palo Alto, CA, Tucker Middlebrook of Westford, MA, and Carolyn Roy and her husband Dan of Culpepper, VA; and two nieces, Susan Chatfield of Arizona and Jackie Beach of Granby. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his brother, Emerson Hale. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 22, 10 a.m., at the Poquonock Community Church, 1817 Poquonock Ave., Windsor. Burial with Military Honors will follow in Windsor Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Windsor. Buzz's family has requested that memorial contributions be made to the Poquonock Community Church, P.O. Box 262, Poquonock, CT 06064.