Posted by District 7910 on Nov 15, 2020
As we mourn the passings of long-time and dedicated Rotarians Preston "Skip" Hall (on left), Gary MacConnell (in middle) and Tom Sturiale (on right), we also celebrate their decades of tireless and dedicated service above self to their clubs and their communities. Skip and Gary were long-time members and past presidents of the Rotary Club of Worcester club, while Tom was a long-time member and past president of the Rotary Club of Framimgham.
Calling hours for Skip Hall will be on Monday, November 23 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m at Callahan Fay and Caswell King Funeral Home at 61 Myrtle St. in Worcester. A burial service will be held on Tuesday, November 24, 11:00 a.m. at Mt. Vernon Cemetery in West Boylston. For Skip's full obituary, click here
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there will be no calling hours for Gary McConnell (shown, left). On Thursday, November 19 at 1:30 p.m. there will be a private service honoring Gary's life.  It will be streamed live via Facebook. To watch then, click here. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to either First Presbyterian Church, 125 Holden St., Worcester MA 01602 or to the Rotary Club Education Fund of Worcester, PO Box 3413, Worcester, MA 01613. For Gary's full obituary, click here.
Gary lived his life in compassionate service to others. He applied his leadership skills in numerous organizations, where he focused his efforts on those who were most in need within his community and beyond. Gary also supported science-based organizations and environmental causes.
Visiting hours for Tom Sturiale (shown, left) will be held on Tuesday, November 17, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at Morris Funeral Home, 40 Main St., Southborough, where COVID-19 restrictions set forth by the governor will be followed. A mass of resurrection will be held on Wednesday, November 18 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Matthew Church, 26 Highland St., Southborough. Burial will follow in the Southborough Rural Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be sent in his name to Rotary Club of Framingham Education Fund, Box 2173, Framingham, MA 01703. To read his full obituary as well as leave words of condolence and/or share your remembrances and stories with the family - don't forget some of his best jokes - click here.
Tom served twice as Framingham president, most recently as co-president with Dick Manelis for the 2018-2019 year. Tom was a past chair of the District Membership Committee, and wrote stimulating articles for the District Newsletter. A decade ago, he was selected to be district governor elect but had to withdraw due to a kidney ailment. As a Framingham member, he was dedicated to building up the Education Fund so that more scholarships could be given out. He was also the spirit behind several projects providing clothing and/or food for needy families.