Alfred W. Halliday

LYMAN – Alfred W. Halliday, 87, a beloved husband and father, died peacefully with his family by his side on Oct. 1, 2019 at the Gosnell Memorial Hospice House in Scarborough. Alfred was born on July 29, 1932 in Pittsfield, the son of Lewis Mann and Marguerite Halliday.

Al graduated from Waterville High School in 1950 and graduated from the University of Maine – Orono in 1954 with a B. A. degree in Education and in 1963 with a Master’s degree in Education.

Al enlisted into the U.S. Army and was stationed in Germany from 1954 – 1956. Upon his return home, he married his soulmate and wife, Hope Oldham, in 1956. Al soon began his teaching career at China Elementary 1956 – 1957, then teaching Civics from 1958 – 1962 at Waterville High School, and in 1963, Al became the Principal of Waterville Jr. High until 1987.

Al shared his love of music, becoming a music teacher in the mid 1950’s – 1960’s. All through college he fronted his own “Swing” Band” – the Al Halliday Band, and during the 60’s and 70’s he played Trumpet, and the Trombone in the R. B. Hall Band. While working in education, Al also served as the Director of Waterville Parks and Recreation from 1970 – 1979.

Al had a long and rewarding career officiating basketball games, which began during his military career in 1954. In 1956 he took the IAABO Rules Exam – which he failed, none the less, he persevered and passed the exam in 1957. There was no looking back! Mr. Halliday has been an IAABO Member from 1957 until the present. He served on the Maine Basketball Commission for 20 plus years, started the IAABO #20 Observation Program (gave feedback to officials throughout Central Maine) Al also served as Board Secretary in the 1980’s, He officiated Post Season games for 25 plus years from the mid 60’s until 1990, and was Site Supervisor for the Augusta Tournament from 1991 – 2016.

Mr. Halliday received the IAABO’s highest honor when he became a life member in 2007. The Class A Boys Tournament Leadership award was named in his honor in 2007 and Al was humbled when he won the Jim Defrederico Award for contributions to Maine Basketball. In August of 2019, Mr. Halliday was inducted into the Maine Basketball Hall of Fame – “Legends of the Game.” For the many years that Al gave to officiating the game he loved; he will be remembered for being fair, an example to those coming “up thru the ranks” of how to officiate a good game – but, more importantly, how to be a gentleman.

Al was an avid hunter and fisherman. He was a longtime Red Sox, Celtics and Patriots Fan. Al loved his wife and family. He and Hope raised their children to become strong and faith abiding adults. Al’s life has been full with many blessings. He has entered into eternal peace and rest.

Al is lovingly survived by his wife, Hope Halliday of Lyman; his children, Gayle Hall and her husband Gordon of Manchester, Mass., Clay Halliday and his wife Ellen of Island Falls and TJ Halliday and his wife Julie of Waterville; his grandchildren, Kristyn Hall of Charlottesville, Va., Zachary Hall of Houston, Texas, Kaelyn Hall of Austin, Texas and Ezekiel Hall of Manchester, Mass., Corey Halliday of Billerica, Mass., Casey Halliday and Conrad Halliday both of North Berwick, Alex Halliday of Lisbon and Jason Halliday of Falmouth.

Services for Mr. Halliday will be private.

The Autumn Green Funeral Home is respectfully handling arrangements. To leave a message of condolence for the family, please visit

In lieu of flowers,

memorial donations may be made to:

Gosnell Memorial

Hospice House

11 Hunnewell Rd.

Scarborough, ME 04074

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