Reynolds "Rey" John Ballotti, Sr.
I adored your father as my Principal for 9 years from 62-71. He was friends & colleagues with my mother, Wilma Camden (Wright School/JX Wilson), and my uncle, Bob Faith (Twin Hills). I believe they got to know each other when they all started teaching at the same time, and then all 3 were principals. I have very fond memories of him coming to our home - and having to learn that even then, he was still my principal and I could NOT call him Rey...but always Mr. Ballotti...which he taught me with a smile and a hug. I still have the card he sent me upon my marriage, in 1985, with his sweet note. Your father was loved by many. I am sincerely sorry for your deep loss.
Rendi, I had the pleasure of meeting your dad while walking through the old neighborhood a few years back. Such a sweet man. My sympathies to you and your family.
When your Dad hired me to teach Kindergarten at Gravenstein in 1968,I was a little reluctant to be going back to work and told him "my family came first" and he told me he wouldn't hire me if I felt differently. His love of family came through loud and clear the whole time I worked with him. I loved seeing him after we both retired and always admired his devotion to your Mother. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Vada Lovato, Camp Verde, AZ
JB, Rendi, Lisa and family members,
My thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time. I have many fond memories of both Bert and Rey. You dad was a true gentleman, family man and educator. I know Bert welcomed him with open arms and have no doubt Leonard and Phyllis were there too. Keep memories close to your hearts to ease your loss. Hugs to all of you. Take care
Mr. Ballotti was a great principal and friend to all of his students at Gravenstein. Not that many years ago I saw him and talked to him. He remember me and my family. I graduated from Gravenstein in the late 60s. That just shows what a special man he was and he will be missed.