William E. Ball

  • Born: December 9, 1922
  • Died: July 11, 2019
  • Location: Melrose, Massachusetts

Gately Funeral Home

79 West Foster Street
Melrose, MA 02176

Tel. (781) 665-1949

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Message From The Family

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William E. Ball died at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington on July 11, 2019 at the age of 96. William was born in Woburn on December 9, 1922 and was the son of the late John Ball and Helen (Flaherty) Ball. William was raised in Woburn and graduated from Woburn High School class of 1940. He moved to Melrose when he married Mary Clark at St. Mary's Church in Melrose on April 30, 1949 and resided there for the rest of his life.

William joined the US Army on April 22, 1943. He was stationed in England where his company, the 134 AAA Gun Battalion, shot down German buzz bombs over the English Channel. Later he fought in Belgium, France and Germany. He was honorably discharged as a sergeant on February 2, 1946, his mother's birthday.

William worked for the B&M Railroad for 25 years and then joined the MBTA as a project manager, retiring in 1987. After retirement William enjoyed traveling to visit friends and relatives. He especially enjoyed the Army reunions with his fellow 134 AAA Gun Battalion members. William was a long time member of St. Mary's Parish in Melrose.

Mr. Ball was the beloved husband of the late Mary (Clark) Ball. Loving father of John Ball & his wife Lynne of Malden, Kathleen Ball of Melrose, Edward Ball & his wife Brenda of Pittston, ME, and Stephen Ball & his wife Olga of Bloomington, IN. Proud grandfather of Michael, Brian, Deirdre, Kathleen, Kieran and Aidan & great grandfather of Henry and Vivian. Also survived by several nieces & nephews.

Visitation will be held at the Gately Funeral Home, 79 W. Foster St. Melrose on Monday, July 15, 2019 from 4:00-7:00PM. Funeral procession from Gately Funeral Home on Tuesday morning July 16th at 9:00AM. Followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Mary's Church, 9 Herbert St. Melrose at 10:00AM. Interment with Military Honors at Wyoming Cemetery in Melrose. In lieu of flowers please make a donation in William's name to the Wounded Warriors Project, P.O.Box 758517,Topeka,Kansas 66675


Condolence & Memory Journal

John and Family: Sorry to hear of your loss. I remember your Dad attending the RR Club meetings with you. He was a friend of my Dad and had a well respected career in the RR industry. I know he was proud of your career as well. Thoughts and prayers are with you and yours.

Posted by Robert Brown - North Billerica, MA   July 16, 2019

I will always remember how kind you always were. Never a harsh word to you ever speak to me. You will be missed.

Posted by Irene Hall - Revere, MA - Family   July 15, 2019

Uncle Bud always encouraged me to do my best. Was the only one who believed I would one day play for the Red Sox. While I didn't continute my baseball dreams from when I was young, his faith was one of the reasons becoming a Marine was believable. Without him in my lif, I doubt I would be who I am today.

Posted by Rose Brunner - TAMPA, FL - Family   July 15, 2019

Bill will be missed by his B&MRR friends,
great guy to be around.

Posted by Paul Doyle - k.c., MO   July 13, 2019

I don't know you I'm so sorry to hear about your dad passing he is now resting in peace may god be with you and your family you are in my prays always remember the good times you had with him

Posted by Lorraine Butler - Derry, NH   July 13, 2019

Bud was a great friend to my mom. Mary, Paula, and Jim are waiting on the porch for him.

Posted by Theresa Russ - WOBURN, MA - Family   July 12, 2019

The Gately Family and Staff wish to express our sincere sympathy to you. It is our hope that we may be able to make a difficult time more bearable. Please feel free to call on us at anytime as we are always available to you.

Posted by John W. Gately, John H. Gately & Fred Sprague - Melrose, MA   July 12, 2019

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