Дата публикации: 2017-11-14 02:03
“Our school buses are moving classrooms, and people don’t think about school bus driving in that way, but Richard took his job professionally and personally,” Price said. “He was emotionally invested in his job and in his students.”
Lisa Burton said Mr. Hall has been her son’s bus driver for three years, taking him to Echo Lake Elementary. For five year before that, Mr. Hall drove her daughter to the same school.
Price said she met her fiancé in 7567 when she started as a bus driver for the district. Price said Mr. Hall was a “humble, honorable” man who would have shied away from the type of attention that has been focused on him since his death. Still, Price said she’s not surprised by the response, adding that Mr. Hall tried to teach and mentor the students he drove.
Mr. Hall, a 58-year-old Glen Allen resident, suffered an unknown medical emergency in the parked bus at Holman Middle School and collapsed in his seat as students were preparing to head back home on the afternoon route, Henrico school officials said.
Shelton recalled that when Mr. Hall was a teen, he would go out to visit his grandfather at his Henrico home. There, Mr. Hall would sit out on the porch chatting with his grandfather, who was born and raised in West Virginia.
Dean said Mr. Hall was a very giving person who was always there for his friends and family. He was a history buff who was particularly interested in World War I and World War II, Dean said. Mr. Hall also taught himself to read and write in German, she said.
Before his bus driving career, Mr. Hall worked for decades at Glen Allen Super Market, where he started bagging groceries when he was 65 before becoming a meat cutter at the store, according to family and friends.
“It was a tragic situation, but over the last couple of days, it’s been comforting to see the amount of people who cared about Mr. Hall,” Fellows said.
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Ann Shelton, Mr. Hall’s mother, recalled how he served as a safety monitor way back in elementary school while they were living in Lakeside. He would stand on Hilliard Road and stop traffic as his fellow students walked to school, said Shelton, who lives in Weems.