In Memory of Graham Hall
June 22, 1954 – September 18, 2021
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the sudden passing of long time Christie Lake resident Graham Hall on September 18, 2021, at the age of 67.
For the Hall family, what began as a one-week summer rental at Jordan’s Cottages in 1956 became an annual six-week rental as the years went by. It was Al’s suggestion that, if they were going to be here that much, they should buy a piece of property and build a place of their own. So, Fred and Thelma Hall bought a juniper covered, sandy lot on the south shore of the lake in 1969 and built the “red cottage”. It was with the building of the red cottage that their son Graham’s love of construction began.
During those early years, Graham became passionate about boating. He was so proud of their first boat; blue and white with a windshield, a steering wheel and a 25 hp Viking motor. He loved all water sports – slalom and barefoot skiing, tricks on the disc, swimming, canoeing, jumping off Jordan’s bridge and fishing. An incredibly patient teacher, he consistently spent hours in the water helping everyone learn how to ski. The joy on his face when they succeeded was usually accompanied by a cheer and a big smile. When he wasn’t in the water, Graham enjoyed helping Al and Harold bring in the hay, digging forts with his sisters Val and Carol at Jordan’s sandpit, roasting hot dogs and marshmallows over a campfire and picnicking on one of Christie Lake’s beautiful islands.
Graham, and his brother Bill, bought Mrs. McLenaghan’s green cottage next door in 1972. His passion for building would be put to good use when he renovated and expanded the green cottage years later not once, but twice, so that he could raise his family there. Over the years, the red cottage was also renovated and expanded and became known as the “grey cottage”. Graham was a driving force for all of these projects. As lead carpenter, electrician, plumber and master rock mason – he truly was a jack of all trades.
After graduating University in 1979, Graham opened a dental practice in Smiths Falls. He was happy to be close to the lake, which he thought of as his second home and his escape. Ten years later, he married Dianna and together they raised their children; Amanda, Amber, Emily, Taylor, and Ian. They loved being at Christie Lake and spent every summer doing the same things their Dad did growing up. The kids called him the “Hawaii Wave” guy because he would drive around in circles for hours making enormous waves for tubing. In winter, the family played shinney and pond hockey, snowmobiled, skated on the lake and helped the Jordans make maple syrup and taffy – perfect for the sweet-toothed dentist.
Graham and Dianna made Christie Lake their full-time home in 2013. Retirement in 2014 allowed him the time to take on numerous “little” projects and, with an endless supply of energy and enthusiasm, he was always on the go. At the end of a busy day, he would often sit with Dianna looking out over the lake at the view he loved best. He truly believed that Christie Lake was “God’s Country”. Graham will be dearly missed by his family and the broader Christie Lake community but we know his heart and soul will always linger on the water and the shores of the lake.
The Hall Family