Leander James (Jim) Hall passed away on Jan. 7, 2021. A proud native of San Francisco, Jim was born on Aug. 27, 1943, and attended Lincoln High School. After serving in the U.S. Navy, he met the love of his life, Kathleen McManus, and married in July 1965. Together they raised their five children in Pacifica, Calif.
He started his career as a pipefitter, working in the San Francisco shipyards, spent years at Onizuka Air Force Base and ended it at the San Francisco Zoo, where he enjoyed bringing his children and grandchildren, too.
Jim was devoted to his wife and extended family. After retiring, he and Kathy enjoyed spending time each year in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, where they made lifelong friends as well. He was an active member of many San Francisco history organizations, sharing memories of growing up in San Francisco, working at his father’s Gertie Guernsey ice cream store and hanging out at San Francisco’s Playland By the Sea.
Jim is survived by his wife Kathleen (neé McManus), his five children James Hall (Chris), Helen Hall, Cynthia Davidson (Jon), Michael Hall (Tracey), and Kevin Hall (Misty) as well as his grandchildren Michelle (Damon), Jenna Davidson, Austyn Hall, Kaylee Hall, Connor Davidson, Lyla Hall, Ethan Hall, Jamie Hall, Logan Hall, Alyssa Davidson, Emily Davidson and great-grandson Dominic Weed. He is also survived by his sister Melodie Mayo, his brother Gilbert Martinelli, nephews Philip Montalbano and Craig McManus and nieces Melissa Monte and Karen McManus.
Private family services were held at Holy Cross Cemetery on Jan. 13, 2021.