Waverly, New York
June 16, 2018
May 19, 1940
Waverly, New York
John A. Hallett age 78 reported for his final duty on 6/16/18. His duty comes with a huge sign-on bonus, a reunion with family and friends he has not seen in a long time.
John was born on May 19, 1940 in Waverly, NY to Mary Katherine and Abram David Hallett. John’s family were the descendents of Joseph “Uncle Joe” Hallett, founder of Waverly’s first fire department and pillar of the community.
John dabbled in many forms of employment. His biggest honor was the US Marine Corp, he was also in the US Army Reserve. He was the owner of Hallett’s Texaco Garage, worked at Stroehmann’s, The IR and American LaFrance. Many called him the “real” Mayor of Waverly.
John was a Great Man, Father, and Marine. As every good Marine does, he made sure those under his charge were taken care of at all times, this included family, friends, and even strangers. John had little but he would gladly give what he had if someone needed it. In most recent years he could be seen on his scooter around town delivering food or buying groceries for friends. John loved to cook. It wasn’t unusual for him to cook a community breakfast at Elizabeth Square.
John was a writer of short stories about his adventures in uniform and his everyday life. He loved nothing more than to make us laugh. John enjoyed music and good conversation. He was an avid NASCAR and Chemung racing fan. He loved a good joke and always had a funny story to tell.
John took fashion cues from no one and could be seen on a hot day in his boxers, he insisted looked like shorts, in the halls of Elizabeth Square or while grabbing a donut at Jolly Farmers. He had great legs.
John never gave up on love and as a result shared the company of many beautiful women over the years. He refused to believe his “ship had sailed”.
John loved his family and was very proud of his three children, his grandchildren, and great grandchildren. John’s heart was as big as his size 15 shoes.
When John was told he had only a few days to live, he didn’t cry but had one request. He wanted to have a Party. He was surrounded by his loving family and his final words were from a song - “Good night Irene, I’ll see you in my dreams”.
John was predeceased by his parents, brother, Robert Hallett; sister, Mary Ann Hallett; and Grandmother, Mary VanDuzer. He is survived by his three children, Mary (John) Sobol, Barbara (Sam) Sloat, David (Judy) Hallett; grandchildren, Sarah (Mark) Soprano, Anthony Perry, Jon Perry, Max Rogers, Daniel Sloat, Amanda Sloat, John Hallett and David Hallett, Jr.; great grandchildren, Gianna and Amelia Soprano and Savannah Perry, all of Waverly, NY.
Those wishing to make a donation in John Hallett’s name may do so by donating to The Red Door Senior Food Pantry, 359 Broad Street, Waverly, NY . Graveside services will be held July 27, 2018. Please contact family members for details. The family is being assisted by Blauvelt Funeral Home, Waverly, NY. Those wishing to send a message of sympathy may visit our Facebook page or by sending a private message of sympathy in “Obituaries” at www.blauveltfuneralhome.com.
“And when they gaze on heavens scenes they will find the streets are guarded by the United States Marines.
– Marine Hymn