Burt James Ball, III 1924-2011 GREAT BARRINGTON - Burt James Ball, III, 87, of Stillwell Street in Great Barrington died Monday, August 15, 2011 at Fairview Commons in Great Barrington. A native and lifelong resident Burt was born February 7, 1924, the son of Burt and Dorothy Hathaway Ball. He attended local schools and graduated from the former Sheffield High School with the class of 1942. A veteran of World War II he enlisted in the Untied States Marine Corps on July 25, 1942. He served in Central and Southwest Pacific before being honorably discharged on October 29, 1945 at which time joined the Reserves until September 19, 1952. Burt worked as a buyer for the former Mead Paper Company in Lee. He was an active member of the First Congregational Church in Great Barrington where he served as a Deacon. He was a secretary of the Great Barrington Coin Club as well as the James A. Modolo VFW Post # 8348 in Great Barrington Burt owned and trained thoroughbreds and enjoyed horse racing. He was also an avid reader of history. He is survived by his two sons, Roger M. Ball and his wife Denise and Burt J. Ball, IV and his wife Gretchen of Great Barrington along with his daughter Donna L. Saunders of Parrish, Fla. He is also survived by his grandchildren West Saunders, Katrina Saunders, Roger M. Ball, II, Avery S. Ball, Aidan R.J. Ball and his step grandson Michael E. Thorpe, his great grandchildren Rylee K. Saunders and Elijah A. Ball; his brother George Ball, Sr. of Great Barrington; his companion Marian Robinson also of Great Barrington and an extended member of the family Marion McIntyre of Connecticut. He was predeceased by his wife Marilyn in 1995 and his brother Harry Ball. FUNERAL NOTICE: A service celebrating the life of the late Burt J. Ball, III will be held Friday, August 19, 2011 at 11 a.m. at the First Congregational Church in Great Barrington, conducted by Rev. Charles VanAusdall, pastor. The family will receive friends on Thursday, August 18, 2011 from 4 - 7 p.m. at FINNERTY & STEVENS FUNERAL HOME in Great Barrington. Donations in memory of Burt may be made to the First Congregational Church in Great Barrington, HospiceCare in the Berkshires or the Berkshire Humane Society through FINNERTY & STEVENS FUNERAL HOME, 426 Main Street, Great Barrington, MA 01230. Remembrances, memories and reflections may be sent to the family through www.finnertyandstevens.com
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Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Aug. 17, 2011