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George S. Ball, Jr.

George S. Ball, Jr., 89, of Linebrook Road, Ipswich, husband of the late Jeanne M. (Sheppard) Ball, died  Saturday, February 18, 2017, at the Kaplan Family Hospice House, Danvers, following his brief illness.

Born in Boston July 7, 1927 son of the late George S. and Mary (McAtamney) Ball, he was raised in Essex and attended Essex and Gloucester public schools.

George served a post war induction in the U.S. Army Air Force.

Married in 1953, Jeanne and George built their home and raised their family from their Linebrook Road address. For many years he was employed as a mechanic at Burnett’s Garage in Wenham and most recently as a mechanic at Ipswich Ford from which he retired in 1994.

George was an avid NASCAR fan and a passionate motorcyclist. He took great pride in his classic R-50 BMW’s.  Many of his happiest days were spent riding, and the rest were spent sharing tales of riding adventures.  One of his favorite rides was to Owls Head Maine for the Vintage Motorcycle Festival.  He was also an avid reader, model airplane builder and collector/trader of vintage car parts.

George  is survived by his son, Eric J. Ball and Theresa Desmond of Newburyport; his daughter, Kathleen Atkinson and her husband Reagh of Byfield; his grandson, Colby Atkinson of Byfield; a brother, James E. Ball and wife Mille of Gloucester and  a sister, Patricia Fitzgerald of Essex. He is also survived by his sister-in-law, Maureen Rice of Ipswich; “special friend” Debbie Waters of Rowley and many nieces and nephews. He was the bother of the late Roger Ball of Essex.

“Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass; it’s about learning how to ride in the rain!”

A private service will be held graveside in the Cowles Memorial Cemetery, Ipswich at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to the Shriner’s Burn Institute, 51 Blossom Street, Boston MA 02114.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home of Ipswich.

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