Arthur F. Ballant Jr.

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Arthur Frank Ballant Jr., 65, of Hampstead, died Sunday, June 23, 2013.

He was the husband of the late Colleen Palmer Ballant, his wife of 30 years.

He was the only son of Marie Theresa Ballant and Arthur Frank Ballant Sr., of Fort Lee, N.J.

He graduated from St. Joseph's Boys High School, with top honors in mathematics, science, foreign languages, history, Christian doctrine and general excellence, earning a full academic scholarship to the University of Maryland. There he earned a Bachelor of Arts in the College of Arts and Sciences with high honors, with a major in economics and chemistry; was Phi Kappa Phi, part of the bridge club and an avid Terrapins fan.

He later went to Rutgers University Extension Division, earning a certificate of achievement in economics. After working at McGraw-Hill publishers in New York City, he moved to Maryland and became certified in investment practice. He joined Cigna (later becoming Sagemark Consulting and currently Lincoln Financial Advisors) in 1982 as a financial planner, where he would stay for 30 years amassing a client base of more than 400 people, including individuals, families, small businesses, and local churches and organizations, many of whom he knew and served for more than 20 years. In 1988, he became certified in tax preparation and in 1996, had his own tax practice, The Cape Hill Company. He enjoyed his work and never planned to retire.

He co-authored a book "The Professional Mascot Handbook" in 1982, with Karen Ahearn and an introduction by Rocky Bleier. It was through research of the book that he met his wife. He and his family lived in Carroll County, first in Finksburg and then in Hampstead. In Hampstead he became a member of Greenmount United Methodist Church, joining the community where he sang in the choir.

He was a fan of the Baltimore Orioles, Pittsburgh Steelers, Maryland Terrapins, Florida Gators, murder mystery novels and Perry Mason, old movies, doo-wop and oldies music. He cared for the well-being of animals, cats in particular.

Surviving are a daughter, Lindsay Helene Ballant; a mother-in-law, Helena Kasak; sisters-in-law Victoria Palmer and LouAnn Palmer; a brother-in-law, Walter Kasak; an aunt, Anne Sparrow; a cousin, Anita Sparrow; and other family members and friends.

Family and friends may gather from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Gary L. Kaufman Funeral Home at Meadowridge Memorial Park, 7250 Washington Blvd., Elkridge.

A funeral service will be held at noon Saturday at Greenmount United Methodist Church, 2001 Hanover Pike, Hampstead. Internment will be held at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be sent to Greenmount United Methodist Church, 2001 Hanover Pike, Hampstead, MD 21074; or Metro Ferals Cat Rescue,

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Published in Carroll County Times on July 1, 2013
Arrangements under the direction of:
Gary L. Kaufman Funeral Home at Meadowridge Memorial Park
7250 Washington Blvd | Elkridge, MD 21075 | (410) 796-8024