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William Ball Jr.


1930 - 2014 Notice Condolences
Ball, William Jr84, a long-time resident of Orlando, died June 6, 2014 after a brief struggle with advanced lung cancer. A service led by Pastor Joshua Beaty will be held at 12 p.m. Sunday, June 15, at Woodlawn Funeral Home, 400 Woodlawn Cemetery Road in Gotha, followed by a reception/buffet. Bill was born March 7, 1930 in Akron, Ohio to William Ball, Sr. and Effie Lee Ball. He attended the University of Akron, was drafted in March, 1951 during the Korean conflict and served until May 1953 as a topographical draftsman with the rank of Corporal. Based in Tokyo, Japan, he met and married Kazuko (Kitty) Oyanagi in 1953. In 1956 he graduated from Logan Basic Chiropractic College in St. Louis, and practiced his profession briefly in Alabama before moving to Winter Park, where his daughter Victoria Lee (Vicky) was born. His early years in the Orlando area in the 60s and 70s were spent primarily as beverage manager at such places as Morrison's Imperial House, the Citrus Club, the Villa Rosa Restaurant, Rosemont Country Club and the Skyline at Herndon Airport. Weary of late hours, loud music and second-hand smoke, he decided to establish his own business as a handyman and renovator, enabling him to work independently and creatively. He loved his work and soon developed a loyal customer base, working steadily until late 2013, when he was diagnosed with emphysema, followed by a diagnosis of lung cancer in February. Steadfast as a friend, and relatively free of prejudice and pretention, he was held in high esteem and affection by those who valued his personal honesty and integrity, his desire to be useful and helpful to others, as well as for his personal warmth, charm and droll wit. To quote a letter to him from a friend and former neighbor in the last days of his illness: "I am so thankful for the opportunity to have gotten to know you over the past years. You are a kind and generous man, unselfish, always giving of yourself, with your time and resources. You are the world's best neighbor and faithful friend, you help everyone without discrimination, all we have to do is to call. The world has truly been a better place having you as a friend, a mentor, even a Dad and Granddad. Please know that you are dearly loved by your family, by my family and by many more people who you have touched in your lifetime." In addition to countless friends and cousins, Bill will be missed by his sister, Dorothy Ward of Orlando; his daughter Vicky and her mother Kitty Ball of Winter Park; Bill's son Scott, Scott's wife Nicole and their sons Quentin and Andrew, as well as Scott's mother, Mary Lou Ball, all of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. His third wife Leah St. John Ball died in 1971. His family is grateful to the staffs of the University of Florida Cancer Center and Dr. Phillips Hospital for their care, and to the Cornerstone hospice staff who provided ongoing valuable help and support during the three months of his stay with his sister before the final four days of his life with Cornerstone providing palliative care. In lieu of flowers, Bill's family will appreciate donations to the UF Cancer Center or Cornerstone Hospice.
Published in the Orlando Sentinel from June 12 to June 13, 2014
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