Paul Q. Hale HYDE PARK — Paul Q. Hale passed away Aug. 26, 2021, with his hands held by those he loved. Paul was the second of three children born to Winfred and Gertrude (Bedford) Hale on Aug. 16, 1943, in Hardwick, Vermont. The family lived their childhood on the family farm in Walden, Vermont, while learning a very strong work ethic. During Paul’s childhood, he would play baseball and basketball when he was able, “IF” all of the farm work was complete. As an adult, Paul first worked in the granite industry at the Rock of Ages quarry. He then went on to work for A.W. Sholan operating a dump truck and that was just the beginning of his trucking career. After working for other trucking operations, Paul decided to purchase his own truck. Paul has hauled many loads up and down the East Coast and the Midwest. Most of his trucking career was transporting granite from Vermont to Minnesota each week for many years. In his later years, he thought he would stay more local and began transporting cheese for Cabot Creamery throughout New England and Ohio. His latest truck, a 2007 Peterbilt custom ordered for him, has 2.7 million miles on it! Keep in mind he purchased that truck at age 64! Paul had the gift of loving his profession. He was proud of his work and loved every minute of it! He told his nurse just two days prior to his passing that he loved what he did and couldn’t wait to get back at it. Paul was a very gentle and kind man who wore his heart on his sleeve. He would cry watching the Waltons. Although he was away a lot, he always made the weekends count. Our time with him was not about quantity but quality, and that is what it was. Paul married Pauline Sholan in 1962 and together, they had two boys. In 1972, he married Theresa Menard, became the father of her daughter and together, they also had a daughter. In 2006, he married Heather Ferland. Paul will be terribly missed by his family and his friends, most of whom he also considered family. He is survived by his brother, Gordon and wife Donna, of Hardwick; his sister, Linda Dudley, of Texas; his wife, Heather, of Hyde Park; his children, Danny Hale and wife Tammy, of Hardwick, David Hale and wife Shelley, of Hardwick, Maria Ward and husband Skip, of Morrisville, and Melissa Hale, of Florida; grandchildren, Zachary Ward, Abram Ward, Samantha Collins, Emily Hale, Kassity Hale and Joselyn Hale; great-grandchildren, Emma, Claire, Sydney, Sylas, Hale and Olivia. A celebration to honor Paul’s life will be held Oct. 16, 11 a.m. at the Canadian Club in Barre, Vermont. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hope Lodge, 2378 East Ave., Burlington, VT 05401. You may also honor Paul’s life by giving blood. Faith Funeral Home has assisted the family.