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“I will always remember guys like you Frank, and Joe Hogue the best of the best ! The memories of you will be with me always ! ”
1 of 33 | Posted by: Scott Crowell - Melrose, MA

“To: Viola and FamilyLearned of Frank's passing in the Springfield College " Triangle" publication.So sorry to hear.Frank and I were good friends and...Read More »
2 of 33 | Posted by: A friend

“Coach Ball was by far the absolute best mentorfor me at that critical point of my young life.I was on the Melrose High wrestling team for 4 years my...Read More »
3 of 33 | Posted by: John Scarpa - Ipswich, MA

“Mr. Ball always treated us (his students) with respect and a sense of humor. A GREAT MAN ! ”
4 of 33 | Posted by: Jack Rahilly - Lynn, MA - Student

“I was a wrestler in High School when I first met Frank Ball. He was both strict and kind and the best character builder I have met. I remember...Read More »
5 of 33 | Posted by: Jack Curll - Groton, MA - Student

“I only met "Mr. Ball" for a brief period during my high school junior year (upper middler year in Andover terms) winter/Christmas break of December...Read More »
6 of 33 | Posted by: Steve Vincze - Boston, MA

“My family remembers , Mr. Ball, fondly from Melrose High School. MY husband, Paul spoke so well of him,also. I would like to offer you our...Read More »
7 of 33 | Posted by: Sheila Tighe - Melrose, MA

“Like so many of his former wrestlers this man had a huge impact on my life from high school on. His dedication as a coach and his ability to instill...Read More »
8 of 33 | Posted by: Ken Wells - Raleigh, NC - Student

“I have such great memories of Melrose Wrestling and Coach Ball. He was a tough, fair, and nice guy, and I feel so lucky to have known him.My best...Read More »
9 of 33 | Posted by: Rich Goodhue - Deerfield, NH

“My condolences. A dedicated wrestling coach....".. always strive for perfection...." ... up 1, up 2, up 3,...up 99...... " echoes in my memories of...Read More »
10 of 33 | Posted by: Robert Travis - Portland, ME

“My sincere condolences to Vi, Mark, Jackie, and Jimmy. Words cannot express how important Frank was in my formative years. He drove me to athletic...Read More »
11 of 33 | Posted by: Bill Mulvihill - Coppell, TX

“Deepest sympathies to the Ball Family, Vi, Jimmy, Mark and Jackie.I wish I could attend the services, as Frank was the most important mentor in my...Read More »
12 of 33 | Posted by: Rich Corrado - Indian Hill, OH

“Frank was a great influence on my life and a great example of the guy I wanted to be. Myself and so many others were blessed to spend sweaty hours...Read More »
13 of 33 | Posted by: John Arena - Stoneham, MA

“Vi, Jim, Mark and Jackie,Frank was a great man, and proud of you all. He had an influence on everyone in our WPI fraternity and anyone in Jimmy's...Read More »
14 of 33 | Posted by: Rick Tacelli - Needham, MA

“Vi, Jimmy, Mark , and Jackie, Frank truly imparted a positive influence on the youth of Melrose. An excellent teacher, parent, patriot , and coach,...Read More »
15 of 33 | Posted by: Danny Falkenstein - Melrose, MA

“Jim, There's no way that Lorraine and I can share in your sorrow, and words are poor things when we suffer the loss of a loved one. Still we want...Read More »
16 of 33 | Posted by: Billl & Lorraine Halloran - CA

“To the Ball familyI am so sorry to hear of the passing of coach Ball.He was a true mentor and legend, I will miss not seeing him over the Christmas...Read More »
17 of 33 | Posted by: Tom Cerretani - Melrose, MA

“My deepest sympathy to all of you. I am in the UK and will not be able to attend the services for Frank. I am thinking of you all and remembering the...Read More »
18 of 33 | Posted by: Jan Johnston - Wakefield, MA

“We so wish we could be there to express to Vi and the children our sadness upon their losing Frank. He remains in memory as an amazing colleague and...Read More »
19 of 33 | Posted by: Paul M. Bean - South Yarmouth, MA

“To The Ball Family Just Want To Say how sorry I Was To Hear Of Your Dads Passing Coach Was A Great Guy He Was Tough But Fair I Learned Alot From Him...Read More »
20 of 33 | Posted by: Ernie Karelas - Melrose, MA

“Dear Jim and your family,Our deepest sympathies for the loss of your father. Our heartfelt prayers go to you and your family during this difficult...Read More »
21 of 33 | Posted by: Sandra and Richard Dutson - FL

“My condolences to the Ball family. Frank was a great friend during our days at Springfield College.Many great memories.Don Tobin ”
22 of 33 | Posted by: Don Tobin - Bridgewater, MA

“Coach Ball had a lasting impact on my life as my wrestling coach. He instilled in me and many others he coached the values of determination ,...Read More »
23 of 33 | Posted by: Steve Lopilato - North andover ma, MA

“Jackie, My condolences to you, your mom, Jim and Mark and the extended Ball family. I hold fond memories from your family home on Melrose St. Paula ”
24 of 33 | Posted by: Paula Kelliher Antonevich

“To the Ball Family:Coach was a great man and his players LOVED him - I mean ABSOLUTELY loved him!!! He took a bunch of young kids and help mold us...Read More »
25 of 33 | Posted by: David Fox - Melrose, MA - Student

26 of 33 | Posted by: Lorna Clement - Malden, MA

“Condolences to the Family. Frank was the Quarterback, leader and teammate for the football team at BHS class of 1953. He will be missed...Bob...Read More »
27 of 33 | Posted by: Bob Weissman - Brookline, MA

“I taught with Frank for many years in Melrose. A fine man. My condolences to Jackie, a former student, and his family. ”
28 of 33 | Posted by: Lisa Dooley - Coworker

“Among the most important mentors in my youth, Mr. Ball was a great man from a great generation of men. My heartfelt condolences to his wonderful...Read More »
29 of 33 | Posted by: Charlie Gill - Melrose, MA

“Mr Ball you were a rock star. The best Dam teacher u were. Semper Fi Sir. ”
30 of 33 | Posted by: Stephen Boyson - Dennis, MA

“Deepest condolences to the Ball family....I feel very fortunate to have reconnected with Frank in recent years and had the opportunity to sit with...Read More »
31 of 33 | Posted by: Sterling Hardy - Essex Junction, VT

“One of the best. His coaching record would speak for itself.His communication skills also with all students also was so good.A great man. So sorry...Read More »
32 of 33 | Posted by: A friend

“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....Read More »
33 of 33 | Posted by: John W. Gately, John H. Gately & Fred Sprague

Francis (Frank) T. Ball, Jr., of Melrose, died peacefully at his home on Dec 15, 2017 at the age of 83. Frank was born in Brookline MA on Dec 30, 1933, the youngest of three children, to the late Francis Sr. and Margaret Ball. Raised in Brookline, he graduated from Brookline High School in 1953 where he was quarterback for the football team. He then graduated from Springfield College in 1957. After Springfield, he was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps. He was honorably discharged after 4 years of service.
He began his teaching career in Bethesda MD and then a stop at The Hotchkiss School in CT. He then moved on to Melrose High School where he was a Physical Education teacher and coach for over 30 years. He coached wrestling, football and track at Melrose high school. His wrestling teams were very successful. In his 15 years as a head coach, his teams won 14 Middlesex league titles. Many of his former wrestlers have reached out to him over the years to let him know that he had such a positive influence on their lives. He is a member of the Melrose High School Athletic Hall of Fame and the Massachusetts Wrestling Hall of Fame. A coach to the end, he critiqued a video of his grandson wrestling 2 days before he passed. To provide for his family, he worked 3 jobs and still found the time to attend school in the evenings to earn a graduate degree from Boston University.
He married his beloved wife, Viola Claire Ryan, on November 17, 1962. In 1968, they settled ... READ MORE →