Community Mourning Loss of Young Father and Husband; Embracing Family Left Behind

March 13, 2019

Written By

Mary Friona Celani

This is simply devastating.

I’ve never met Bryan Hall, but I know many people who knew him well. Bryan grew up in Lewiston. He’s moved around the country quite a bit with his job with Toyota – most recently living in Texas. Bryan is being remembered as a wonderful husband, father and friend who loved life, his family and his Buffalo Bills. Bryan was taken far too young – just 36-years old.

The community – through mourning – has stepped up to help his wife, Liz and their two young daughters, Eva and Emily. They’ve started a GoFundMe to support this beautiful family.

Here’s more from the fundraising page:

“On the evening of March 8th, after a CrossFit workout at his favorite gym, Black Iron, Bryan was home with his family and started to not feel well. Paramedics rushed Bryan to the hospital where they discovered he was having a heart attack.  Being an active and vibrant 36 year old, the doctors felt certain they could successfully treat his condition.  Sadly, Bryan’s condition rapidly deteriorated and he passed away shortly thereafter with his wife Liz by his side.

Liz and Bryan were high school sweethearts in Lewiston, NY and were married in Niagara Falls in 2007. In 2011, they welcomed Eva into the world and in 2017 welcomed little Emily. They are an amazing family. Bryan adored Liz and his girls more than anything in the world. Bryan lived life to the fullest while being a good person and a good example for us all.

There are no words to express the grief and devastation felt by all who loved him. He was an amazing husband, father, son, brother, cousin, friend and coworker to so many.

Bryan attended Syracuse University where he played on the club rugby team. Out of college in 2004, Bryan started a career with Toyota Financial Services in CT. He was so proud of his ability to train, mentor and grow the associates that reported to him. Bryan began getting promoted quickly and moved up in the ranks in offices in Boston, Baltimore, Middletown, NY and lastly in Plano, TX at the Toyota North American Headquarters where the Halls called home for the past 16 months.

If you knew Bryan, you know he was a die-hard Buffalo Bills fan, he could tell you any stat on any player, coach or opposing team. He loved the Sabres as well and even had the opportunity to take the girls to a game in Dallas recently.

It is with the heaviest of hearts that we share this story and the GoFundMe Page in the hopes of that we can help to ease their financial burden and allow Liz more time to grieve, heal and focus on Eva and Emily and their future.

So many have asked how they can help, we thank you in advance for contributing in his memory. Please share this link to your social media pages and forward to any friends/family you feel would appreciate the  information.

We know it would make Bryan so happy to know we are supporting his family. We thank you for your love and support and the sharing of Bryan’s story.”


Here is a link to the Gofundme if you would like to help


We are sending many prayers to the Hall family and all those who knew and loved Bryan.


About Me

Welcome to Totally Buffalo! My name is Mary Friona-Celani and I am the creator of this site! After spending 20 years in the Buffalo media, I moved on to focus on my beautiful family. Now, the time has come for a new project. I was ready for something new. Something mine.
I am born and raised in WNY and my pride runs deep. My husband, Scott and I are very happy to be raising our four daughters here.






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