“He arrived in Montauk in 1979 on a houseboat and stayed for 25 years, loving every moment and everyone he met,” Richard J. Hall’s sister, Carol Hall Murray, wrote.
Mr. Hall died on March 26 in Huntington of complications related to diabetes. He was 82.
He was born on June 18, 1930, in Armonk, N.Y., to Esther and Warren Hall, and attended Armonk public schools. Later in life, he worked with antiques and sold magazines. He loved fishing, animals, and scavenging for treasures at local estate sales.
While in Montauk, Mr. Hall also lived at the Montauk Motel and the Avalon Lakefront Hotel and Motel. After leaving the hamlet, he spent three years at the Woodhaven Center of Care, an assisted living facility, in Port Jefferson Station. For the last two years of his life, Mr. Hall was deaf and blind.
His final years were spent at the Hilaire Nursing Home in Huntington, near Ms. Murray, who saw him every day and was with him when he died.
Mr. Hall was cremated and buried near Armonk.
In addition to his sister, who lives in Huntington, he leaves two brothers, Geoff Hall of Stamford, Conn., and Lynn Hall of St. Mary’s, Ga., and many nieces and nephews.