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Andus Hale

Andus Gene Hale

Tuesday, April 30th, 1940 - Friday, November 1st, 2019
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Andus (Andy) (Reb) Gene Hale passed away on November 1, 2019 at age 79 at his place of residence in Philadelphia. He was suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.
Andus (known as Gene to his family) was born in Richlands, VA on April 30, 1940 to Mildred and Everett Hale. Together they lived in the Portsmouth area. He was the oldest of 7 children. Gene moved to Newport, Pennsylvania in 1957 to live with his Aunt Merle Livingston and attend Newport High School, where he was nick-named Reb. He wrestled, played football, ran track, and was a member of the drama club. Reb graduated and joined the army (Special Forces Green Beret) in 1959. After fulfilling his three years in the army, he studied to be a history teacher at Shippensburg State College. At Ship, Reb was on the wrestling team and a member of Phi Sigma Epsilon fraternity. He married Patricia Ann McKee in 1965 and graduated from college in 1967.
Now known as Gene, he landed his first teaching job in Mechanicsburg High School in 1967, where he was a history teacher and the assistant wrestling coach. The following year, he was hired by Garden Spot High School in New Holland Pennsylvania, where he made a home and grew his family. He taught history until his retirement in 1999. Gene also founded the Garden Spot football team in 1970 and served as head wrestling coach and softball coach throughout his career. He and his family were members of the Bangor Episcopal Church in Churchtown, PA.
In 1975, Gene joined the Army Reserves (Special Forces Green Beret). He was a proud paratrooper and Jump Master until April 2002. In the reserves, he was nick-named Chief. Chief was also an avid sailor with a love for the open waters. He owned a sailboat for most of his life and spent many weekends refurbishing it or sailing. At the marina and in his retired life, he was known as Andy.
Andy is survived by his four children, Amy G. Arcaro, Theodosia M. Hale, Andus E. Hale and Nathan L. Hale, his son-in-law Ralph Arcaro, his daughter-in-law Jessica Cook Hale, his ex-wife Patricia A. Kennedy, his grandchildren Gage Arcaro, Raina Arcaro, Aidan Fells, and Morgan Cook Hale.
Andy’s funeral service will be held at the Church of the Holy Trinity, 1904 Walnut St. Philadelphia, PA on Friday, November 8, 2019 at 1:00 p.m., followed by a reception at the church. Relatives and friends may pay respects to the family between the hours of 12:30 and 1PM prior to the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Alzheimer’s Disease Research in Andus Hale’s name.
Alzheimer’s Disease Research
22512 Gateway Center Drive
Clarksburg, MD 20871
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The Arcaro and Hale Families
1821 Kater Street
Philadelphia, PA 19146
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  • Visitation

    Friday, November 8th, 2019 |
    Friday, November 8th, 2019
    Church of the Holy Trinity
    1904 Walnut Street
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    Relatives and Friend May Pay Respects to The Family Between The Hours of 12:30 and 1PM Prior to The Service
  • Service

    Friday, November 8th, 2019 | 1:00pm
    Friday, November 8th, 2019 1:00pm
    Church of the Holy Trinity
    1904 Walnut Street
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  • Interment

    1327 South Broad Street
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Linda Davis

Posted at 01:03am
I graduated from Garden Spot HS in 1976, and was in active in sports, was a cheerleader for our football team for 3 years, and a wrestling cheerleader too....everybody loved coach Hale. He was definitely one of the "cool" teachers. I am so sorry for your loss.
Linda Pauly Davis
Port St Lucie, FL

Joel Dyer

Posted at 11:51am
Sorry to hear this. He was a great coach and a better teacher. Good times at GSHS! He will be missed. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family!
Joel C Dyer

David Overly

Posted at 01:11am
I’m sad to hear of Coach Hale’s passing. (David Overly - Garden Spot High School)

Roseann Wright Kinter

Posted at 02:45pm
My sympathy to the family. May you find comfort in your memories! I remember Gene "Reb" from the halls of NHS and later he married my best friend. Love the pic of a boat and the sea. One of his favorite places! Proud of the way everyone helped with his care! The role of a caregiver is a hard one. Roseann Wright Kinter

Steven Leever

Posted at 04:44pm
You will be missed. Thank you for the many years of service to students and the Garden Spot community. I recall our long drives scouting football games, talking philosophy and life. Miss you brother.
Steve Leever

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