Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Remembering Wendy Hall

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Wendy Hall, founder of the Adirondack Wildlife Refuge, which she ran alongside her husband Stephen Hall (who also is a long-time Almanack contributor), passed away on Sunday.

Ken Rimany, a partner with Adirondack Wild, shared this recollection:

Incomparable champions of all wildlife, big and small, Wendy and Steve Hall have always been, and always will be to me. Wendy’s legacy of her passion and limitless love for taking care of and rehabilitating so many of God’s creatures over the past twenty years at the Adirondack Wildlife Refuge & Rehabilitation Center – continues to still shine bright.

My first and only experience ever touching and holding a Beaver, one of my most favorite creatures and the official animal of New York since 1975, was given to me by Wendy years ago when a rescue kit came into her care. That one amazing experience bonded us immediately and launched our special friendship and is one that I’ve never forgotten and will treasure forever. What an amazing and transformational woman she was in so many ways.

Wendy is at peace now with all her wonderful furry and feathery friends that she so lovingly cared for. I can’t help but feel that they’re all taking care of her – right now.

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Share your memories of Wendy and the refuge here. Photos provided by Ken Rimany

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The Adirondack Almanack publishes occasional guest essays from Adirondack residents, visitors, and those with an interest in the Adirondack Park. Submissions should be directed to Almanack editor Melissa Hart at editor@adirondackalmanack.com

7 Responses

  1. Nora says:

    Thank you Melissa Hart for letting us know and how sad to hear ., I have visited the Adirondack Refuge so many times and had the pleasure of meeting both Wendy and her husband Stephen .
    She was one very special lady and one that will be missed. My condolences to Stephen and her family , as her friend Mr. Ken Rimany stated , Wendy is at peace now with all her wonderful furry and feathery friends.

  2. Naj Wikoff says:

    What a huge loss to her family, her friends and colleagues, her community, and most especially to the many creatures that represent the diversity of wild life in Adirondacks. She was a great mom, teacher, wife, and to me, friend. The love and care she gave to the creatures under her care was magic to see, and they loved her in return. Wow. We are blessed to have known her, the best memorial will be to held the Wildlife Refuge reemerge and be again a safe haven for the wild.

  3. Boreasfisher says:

    Was not fortunate to know her or her husband but her love of wild things continues to be a beacon of hope in our world.

  4. Susan Cifaldi says:

    She was an angel sent from above. Rest in peace, Wendy. We miss you already!

  5. Jackie says:

    This is Beautiful Ken! So many people loved Wendy! God Bless!

  6. Boreas says:

    I never met her, but anyone who devotes time and effort caring for animals is special in my book. RIP Wendy.

  7. David Gibson says:

    Such a touching but also empathetic moment that well captures Wendy’s fierce devotion to helping and protecting the more than human world – inseparable from our own. Thank you, Ken for sharing your remembrance of Wendy with the world.

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