Thursday, 11 April 2024 10:00

Harry Hallam

Harry "Hank" Hallam passed away peacefully and comfortably in his home in Mountainhome, Pennsylvania, surrounded by family, on Saturday, April 6, 2024.

Born January 26, 1942, in Clifton Heights, PA, he was the son of Paul and Mary Glenn (Mellor) Hallam. After graduating from Upper Darby High School in 1959, Hank enlisted in the U.S. Army and served his country as an intelligence courier in a then-divided Germany, where he witnessed the construction of the Berlin Wall. Upon his return to the States after an Honorable Discharge, he attended West Chester State College where not only did he receive his degree in education and his teaching certificate in biology, but where he also met his future wife Patricia (Pat), to whom he was married for just two months short of 58 years.

Hank began his teaching career at Yeadon High School in 1966, but his and Pat's fond memories of spending time in the Pocono Mountains during their summers as children, eventually led them to relocate their young family to the small town of Mountainhome in the spring of 1977.

Hank taught tenth-grade biology at East Stroudsburg High School from September to June, and mowed the greens at the Buck Hill Falls Golf course from June to September. But despite working year-round, he still somehow managed to take his family to his late sister and brother-in-law's lakeside cabin in Damariscotta, Maine, for summer vacations. While there, he enjoyed swimming, fishing, and boating with his children, and antiquing with his wife, but mostly he enjoyed indulging in at least one fresh Maine lobster every day.

Hank was more than just a lobster enthusiast, though. He also enjoyed singing and was very involved in his church. He was a member of the choir at the Mountainhome United Methodist Church and taught an adult Sunday School class for many years. He was as also a member of the The Chorus of the Poconos; a barbershop chorus that both of his sons had been members of as well.

Perhaps his biggest passion, however, was one he inherited from his father; a passion for collecting. He collected coins, stamps, bottles, jars, insulators, bottle openers, tools... you name it. If it was old he collected it. One might say he was a collector of collections, and if you ever had the opportunity to visit Hank and his wife at home, you would have seen his collections on display in every room. Well, half of them anyway. Unfortunately Pat and Hank's home wasn't big enough to display everything he had picked up over the decades, but you surely would have witnessed his two favorites. Antique whiskey flasks (not surprising given his love for single malt Scotch Whiskey) and old egg beaters (QUITE surprising as he complained about having to eat eggs every day on doctor's orders.)
After 35 combined years of teaching, he finally retired in 2000, but he continued working at the golf course for another 22 years; making him the longest-tenured employee at the Buck Hill Falls Company, with a total of 44 years, when he finally retired for the second time in 2022. And although the music faded, and the lobster trips became fewer and farther between, over the last decade, he still sang along whenever he and Pat enjoyed a musical on TV and he was able to enjoy at least ONE Maine lobster every birthday (including this past one pictured here) thanks to the yearly Red Lobster gift cards he received from his daughter.

Hank is survived by his loving wife, Patricia; his two sons, Scott and Robert; his daughter, Karen; Scott's wife, Rhonda and Karen's husband, Steven; his granddaughters, Brielyn and Bethany; his step-granddaughter, Jessica, her husband, David; his step-great grandson, Declan; his nieces, Elizabeth and Heather and their respective husbands, David and Ray; his grandnephews and grandnieces, Eamon, Keshia, Robert and Sarah Jane; and his great grandnephew, Kamari and great grandniece, Kiyana.

Hank's funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Bolock Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc.
Memorial services for Hank will be held at a later date, please check back for updates.


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