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