ESSEX — Roger M. Ball, 78, of Pickering Street, Essex, husband of M. Jean (Boutchie) Ball, died Saturday, May 18, 2013, in the Genesis Nursing Center, Wakefield, following his long illness.
Born in Ipswich, August 22, 1934, he was the son of the late George S. and Mary (McAtamney) Ball. He grew up in Essex, attending the Rufus Choate School and Gloucester High School. Married to Jean in 1953, they made their home in Essex and shared 59 years of marriage. He held numerous jobs throughout his career, working as an auto mechanic in Gloucester and Beverly, a machinist at the United Shoe Machinery Corp., better known as “The Shoe” in Beverly, a union carpenter and a maintenance man at the Salem Power Plant, retiring in 1998.
Throughout the years he could also be found on the Essex River, either enjoying the beach or working the clam flats. He was an avid camper, taking his young family on extended trips throughout New York, New England and the Canadian Maritime Provinces, along with the weekend trips to New Hampshire and Cape Cod. In later years, he built a home on the shores of Round Pond, which later became Lake Ivanhoe, in East Wakefield, N.H., and spent many weekends there year-round until his illness prevented him from doing so. For more than 50 years, he was a devoted member of the Essex Fire Department where he attained the rank of lieutenant and served as an EMT, retiring in 2011. After his retirement, he and Jean enjoyed traveling throughout the United States and Europe
In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, Brian Ball and his wife, Patricia, of Essex and Kevin Ball and his companion, Sharon Stoker, of Fryeburg, Maine; two daughters, Paula Filias and her husband, John, of Essex and Sheila Ball of Essex; five grandchildren, Heather Walsh and Hillary Ball, both of Essex, Lindsay Milne of Boston, Alexandra Filias of Essex and Samantha Ball of Fryeburg, Maine; four great-grandchildren; two brothers, George Ball of Ipswich and James Ball and his wife, Mildred, of Gloucester; a sister, Patricia Fitzgerald of Essex, a sister-in-law, Barbara Nelson and her husband, Stan, of West Palm Beach, Fla.; brother-in-law, Damon Boutchie and his companion, Sheila Griffin, of Essex and Tubac, Ariz., as well as many nephews and nieces and his beloved dog, Jessie.
ARRANGEMENTS: His funeral service will be held 1 p.m., Wednesday, May 22, 2013, graveside in the Spring Street Cemetery, Essex. Family and friends are respectfully welcomed. Visiting hours are Tuesday 4 to 8 p.m. in the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home, 6 High St., Ipswich. Memorial contributions in his name may be made to Essex Fire Company Equipment Fund, 24 Martin Street, Essex, MA 01929. For directions or to leave a condolence, please visit www.whittier-porter.com.