BALL, Walter Harvey
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Died peacefully on November 19, 2012 in Vancouver at age 93, surrounded by the love of his family and his kind and devoted caregivers at South Granville Park Lodge. Walter was a wonderful husband, great father, giving friend, and caring volunteer. He served Canada, both overseas in World War II and after as a respected Research Scientist with the National Research Council of Canada. Walter was born February 3, 1919, in Saskatchewan to Harry and Nellie Sophia Ball. Walter was a natural athlete who excelled in baseball, curling, and hockey; in recent years he was a keen lawn bowler. While a youth, he first met his future wife Jean Gordon at a baseball game. They met again at the University of Saskatchewan, where both were students. Walter graduated in Civil Engineering as President of his class. During his final year, he was chosen for officer training in the Canadian Army and was sent to England in 1939; he rose to serve as Aide-de-Camp to General Harry Crerar, Commander-in-chief of the Canadian Forces. He landed at Normandy on D-Day+12 and served throughout the European campaign. Captain Ball returned to Canada in December 1945, married Jean and began their family of four children. Walter took graduate studies at the University of Saskatchewan and then joined the National Research Council in Ottawa. In 1960, Jean and Walter happily settled in Vancouver where he was appointed Officer-in- Charge of the Regional Station of the National Research Council, Division of Building Research at U.B.C. Walter played a key role in developing the National Building Code and shared this expertise with his students at UBC and BCIT. Jean and Walter shared an interesting and exciting life and they travelled extensively. They loved to dance; this passion brought them to many social events with their wide circle of friends. They were avid supporters of the arts; together they sponsored many an actor and musician. Walter will be remembered fondly by his many friends and deeply missed by his family. Walter was predeceased in 2000 by his beloved Jean, by both parents and his sister, June Hyland (Howie). He leaves his children, Elizabeth Ball (Douglas Welch), Gordon, Kenneth (Sally) and Margaret Ball (Peter Pruim), and his grandchildren Jeanine and Christopher Ball, Marilee and Gordon Welch; his brother Kenneth H. Ball (Dorothy) of Kelowna and their children, Diane, Laurie and Mary Kaye, and his nephews Rick, Mike and Dean Hyland. A celebration of Walter's life will be held at the Arts Club Theatre on Granville Island on December 16 at 3pm. Memorial donations to the Arts Club Theatre, the Jean and Walter Ball Scholarship at Studio 58 Langara College, or St. Paul's Hospital Cardiac Unit will be gratefully received.
Published in Vancouver Sun and/or The Province from Dec. 1 to Dec. 2, 2012