Hal passed away peacefully in the embrace of his beloved wife, Wandee, with family at his side.
A native San Franciscan, he graduated from Mission High School. A child of the Great Depression, he was a fighter and a man of action with a tireless work ethic. And work he did, in the shipyards along the Embarcadero during WW II as a sheet metal worker (being ineligible to serve in the military due to a physical condition), in sales for Swift & Co., a restauranteur as owner of the Chuck Wagon in West Portal, and later as a real estate broker and investor.
He was disciplined and entrepreneurial. He was proud of his family and took beautiful care of them and those he loved. His life’s ambition was to be self-sufficient to insure the wellbeing of his family. And he had a vice like handshake that those on the receiving end will never forget.
Hal loved all sports but found golf in his 20’s and was hooked. He was blessed to play with friends and family his entire life, as a proud member of The Olympic Club, Mission Hills Country Club (Rancho Mirage), and his favorite, Harding Park Men’s Club. A fierce and skilled competitor (he shot his age numerous times) who couldn’t imagine why anyone would play unless there was a bet. He usually won his match before the first ball was struck, given his skills negotiating the wager. He had a legion of golf friends who enjoyed his zest for life and his often irreverent story telling on the course and the 19th hole, at Joe’s of Westlake, Val’s, Lake Merced Boathouse, in the lounge at Johnny Swanson’s Westlake Bowl and assorted classic venues in and around his home in the Westlake area.
Hal is survived by his best friend and spouse, Wandee, his children, Bruce, David (Diane), Kent (Misha) and Cynthia Benedetti (Phil), his grandchildren, Ian, Bruce, Adam, Amanda, David James, Jennifer, Phillip, Hope and Denise, his niece Pim, and his devoted caregiver and dear friend, Cesar.
Hal was preceded in death by his loving wife of 41 years, Hope, the mother of his children, and his son, Grant.
Donations may be made in his memory to The Olympic Club Foundation, 524 Post Street, San Francisco 94102.