BALL, John W. "Jack" passed away Jan. 25, 2014 surrounded by his loving wife and children who he so adored. Born Oct 2, 1935 in Tuckerton, NJ. He was the son of the late Hester and Lisle Ball. Jack was a veteran having served as a Staff Sergeant in the U.S. Air Force as a crew chief on jet bombers from 1953-1957, wherein he won awards for his outstanding service. He was a graduate of the University of Florida and has maintained his gator pride throughout his lifetime. He worked as an engineer at Honeywell for 18 years, followed by a second career in commercial real estate, management and sales. Many days he could be found at the "Green Street" shop which his wife owned for 20 years, having lunch and chatting with customers. He was an active member of the community having served as VP of United Way, president of AIIE, and president of Toastmasters. He was also a graduate of Leadership St Pete. He was a senior warden and lay reader for many years at St. Matthews church. As a great Little League coach, he loved watching his children and grandchildren play the sport. Earlier in Jack's life he was an avid sailing enthusiast and participated in many regattas. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Lisle G. Ball Jr. and Robert L. Ball. Survivors include his loving wife and best friend of 60 years, Shirley Kearney Ball; and children Lori (George) Bahri of Jacksonville, Jaclyn (Chris) Turner and Brad (Cathy) Ball of St. Petersburg; grandchildren, Danielle Bahri, Andre Bahri, Tate Turner, Cameron, Bryson and Jackson Ball; his sister, Marge (Charlie) Hoeck; and brother-in-law John (Sandy) Kearney. Jack will most be remembered as a man who wanted to be with his family more than anything, always had a quick wit and a huge heart. He was the greatest most wonderful man in the world who will leave a lasting impression on us all. Services will be 2 pm Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014 at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 1200 Snell Isle Blvd. NE, with burial and military honors to follow at Memorial Park Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Angels Against Abuse, Inc., angelsagainstchildabuse.com or St. Thomas Episcopal Church. Online memorial and guestbook at www.brettfuneralhome.net Brett Funeral Home & Cremation Services 727-321-3321
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Published in the Tampa Bay Times on Jan. 30, 2014