Gayanne Hall duPont, 63

Fri, 02/08/2019 - 6:15am

On Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019, Gayanne Hall duPont, beloved wife, daughter, and sister of seven siblings passed away at the age of 63.

Gayanne was born on Oct. 23, 1955 in South County Hospital to Allen and Barbara Dodge Hall. She graduated from Block Island High School in June of 1973 and married Pierre Bayard duPont on Oct. 3, 1981 in the garden of her grandparents, Sherman and Frances Dodge.

She was intelligent, talented, able, loving, funny, adored, and left us much too early. She was a quintessential island girl... of the earth, sea, and sky... of the birds and the fish and the wild kitties. She was a natural intellectual, a moon-gazer, a tide-watcher, a reader of the wind. She could read the surface of the water and smell the ocean and know if she would likely go home with dinner that night. She showed us that it’s possible to be irreverent and reverent in the same moment. Gay was such a perfect combination of her mother and father; she came by her qualities honestly. Compassionate and nurturing like Barbara ... and a fearless force of nature like Allen. And like all the Halls, unassuming and absolutely brilliant.

She was selfless. She had grit and heart. She spoke her truth. She took care of us. She asked for nothing in return. She had a strange connection with cats, they would seek her out and she would care for them. In recent years, she worked tirelessly with the Block Island Feral Cats Initiative to care for the feral cats on the island and to control the colony sizes.

She could do anything, and worked in construction as a house painter second to none. Her talents were vast; her execution was impeccable. Just to name a few: home and furniture restoration, painting both Block Island Light Houses, upholstering airplanes, cars and household furnishings; and, in the auto industry, finishing and prepping new cars for delivery. When she wasn’t accommodating a never-ending list of clients requesting her skills, she was creating jewelry with precious gems, creating gardens and planting trees, fabricating bird houses in vivid colors, and building insulated shelters for the cats who sought her out relentlessly. And before, after and during all that, she was showing up to offer a hand wherever needed.

She is survived by her husband, Pierre Bayard duPont; her mother, Barbara Dodge Hall; her siblings Georgia Hall McKellips, Gail Hall Kimball, Gloria Hall Daubert, Gary, Geoff, Glen and Gene Hall, and numerous nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

The funeral service was held on Friday, Jan. 18 at the Harbor Baptist Church on Block Island, with the family requesting donations in lieu of flowers to be sent to the Feral Cats Initiative, P.O. Box 1324, Block Island, R.I. 02807.