Emulous E. “Buddy” Hall III, 95, a lifelong resident of Harwich, died peacefully on Saturday, December 8, 2018. He was born in 1923 in Hyannis Hospital in what was then just a small white house behind the Cape Cod Hospital as we know it today. Buddy was fond of saying that “God put me on this earth to accomplish a certain number of things, and I am so far behind that I will never die.” Everyone who knew him believed that he would, indeed, “live forever” but without a doubt, he did far more than “enough” during his long busy life.
Buddy joined the Air Force during World War II at the age of 18 and served in the 493rd Bomb Group which flew its first combat mission from Debach, Suffolk, England on D-Day, June 6, 1944. He founded Bud’s Go-Karts in I960; and to the delight of generations of children, actively ran his business right up to his last day. The children of the early days have come back year after year, decade after decade, with their own children and their grandchildren – and it is nearly a rite of passage for youngsters to finally become old enough and tall enough to drive a cart all by themselves. For many, the Go-Karts are the very definition of summer on Cape Cod.
A true Cape Codder in every sense of the word, he was a pilot, a horseman, a successful businessman and more. A great story teller, he could fill hours with his recollections of the life and times of old Harwich.
Buddy’s family dates back hundreds of years in Harwich. His father was the first Chief of Police in 1933 and his brother was the first Fire Chief. His own commitment to the town included serving on the Finance Committee for 15 years, the Planning Board for 8 years, and the Cape Cod Economic Development Council. He was also a volunteer fireman for 22 years. He gifted the town with the parcel of land in the Herring River known as “Bowman’s Island”. And during this last fall, he was deeply touched and beyond proud to have been chosen by the Harwich Chamber of Commerce to be the Grand Marshall of the annual parade.
He is predeceased by his wife Ruth and is survived by his wife Sandra, son Andrew and daughters Joanne and Janine, all of Harwich. He also leaves three grandchildren, many nieces, nephews and extended family and friends.
Visiting hours will be held on Friday, December 14th from 4-7 pm at Morris, O’Connor & Blute Funeral Home, 678 Main St. Harwich Center. A funeral service will be on Saturday, December 15th at 1 pm in the funeral home. Burial will follow at North Harwich Cemetery.
Notes of comfort may be made to his family at www.MorrisOConnorBlute.com