Right Reverend David Standish Ball
Ball, Right Reverend David Standish LOUDONVILLE After a life of loving service, the Right Reverend David Standish Ball, retired Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Albany, passed away on April 18, 2017. For over six decades, Bishop Ball served the diocese, the city of Albany, and the region as a tireless and joyful leader. Born in Albany in 1926 to his beloved parents Hazelton V. and Percival L. Ball, Bishop Ball grew up in Menands with his parents and three brothers, Robert, George, and Peter. Just steps from his home in Menands, at St. Margaret's Episcopal Church, Bishop Ball first served as an altar boy. He learned to ski on the hills behind his home, played hockey on nearby ponds, and spent summers working at local farms, milking cows and picking fresh corn and tomatoes. At the Milne School in Albany, his prowess as a baseball and basketball player earned him plaudits, and his peers recognized his capacity to lead, electing him their class president. Bishop Ball began his ordained ministry in 1953, after a two-year stint in the United States Navy and his graduation from Colgate University and General Theological Seminary. He served parishes in Glens Falls and Saratoga Springs until 1956, when he was appointed Canon Sacrist at the Cathedral of All Saints. He held posts at the Cathedral for the next 28 years, including 24 years as Dean of the Cathedral. A kind, generous mentor, Bishop Ball welcomed countless people to the congregation with his warm smile and infectious sense of humor, providing wise and compassionate counsel as he ministered to generations of congregants in times of both sorrow and happiness. Tireless in his efforts, he sought to preserve the Cathedral as a beacon of love for the people of the neighborhood, the city, and the diocese. Elected Bishop Coadjutor of the Diocese of Albany in 1983 and subsequently installed as Diocesan Bishop in 1984, Bishop Ball spent 14 years extending his ministry from the Pennsylvania border to the Adirondacks. He treasured the precious hours he shared in each of the parishes, large and small, scattered across the diocese to which he dedicated his life. After his retirement as Diocesan Bishop in 1998, he served as Bishop-in-Residence at the Cathedral, a place that always held a special place in his heart. The devotion that characterized Bishop Ball's work in the church animated his service to the Albany community, too. A leader in a myriad of ways, he advanced ecumenical understanding in the city, served on the boards of The Childs Hospital and Doane-Stuart School for decades, led the Dudley Park Housing Development Committee in its effort to provide affordable housing in the Arbor Hill neighborhood, and served on the Albany Inter-racial Council, including a three-year stint as its president. As a leader in the state, he served on New York's Task Force on Life and the Law for twelve years. His affection for the outdoors and his love of family never waned. For over seventy years, Bishop Ball spent time each summer at Lake George, where those great joys often converged. No matter the day's activity whether he was out on a boat, engrossed in a book, playing a friendly game of croquet, or swimming in the clear water he found inspiration in the lake's beauty, reading prayers as the sun rose and set, relishing family dinners full of the fresh vegetables reminiscent of his youth. Bishop Ball is survived by his sisters-in-law, Elizabeth Ball, Joyce Ball and Dorothy Ball; his nephews, Barent Ball and his wife Carol, Robert P. Ball, and David B. Ball; his niece, Jennifer Wagar and her husband Mark; and countless devoted friends, including from the Cathedral, the diocese, and the Loudonville Assisted Living Residence, where he lived for four years. The burial service with Holy Eucharist for Bishop Ball will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 29, at the Cathedral of All Saints on the corner of South Swan Street and Elk Street in the city of Albany. Parking is available in the state employee parking lot on Elk Street. The doors of the Cathedral will open at 9:45 a.m. The public is encouraged to arrive and be seated by 10:30 a.m. Interment will follow in the Bishop's family plot at Albany Rural Cemetery, Menands. The Bishop's body will lie in state in the Cathedral on Friday, April 28, and the Cathedral will be open for calling hours from 3 - to 6 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m. A reception in honor of Bishop Ball will be held after the interment at a time and location to be announced. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Cathedral of All Saints, designated for the Bishop Ball Endowment for Missions, 62 South Swan Street, Albany, NY 12210. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Tebbutt Funeral Home, 633 Central Ave., Albany. To express condolences and for more information, please visit sbfuneralhome.com


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Published by Albany Times Union on Apr. 23, 2017.
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I met Bishop Ball in 2000 while visiting a dear friend in Albany. We attended services at St John's Troy where he was the visiting celebrant. We struck up an immediate friendship and my friend and I enjoyed hid company and the long dinners we shared discussing The Church, politics, and always ...US history. Most importantly, he brought me back to my faith in God and to the power of prayer. I moved to Virginia in 2006 and my visits to Albany were only semi annual,however Bishop was always with me in my prayers- I called him when I needed guidance. I last visited him in the summer of 2015, God had blessed him with a miraculous recovery, I remember too his hug when I was leaving and hid saying 'God bless you' when I turned to wave goodbye
Lydia Coleman
Friend
May 3, 2017
"DEAN" BALL, AS I KNEW HIM, WAS A BEAUTIFUL HUMAN BEING. I LOVED HIM VERY MUCH AND HAVE MISSED SEEING HIM OVER THE PAST FEW YEARS. REST IN PEACE WITH GOD.
JANICE SMITH
April 30, 2017
I will always remember the Bishop as Dean Ball. I, my siblings and cousins grew up with him being a mentor and a good friend. I remember him coming to my grandmothers for Sunday dinner after church. He lived a wonderful life, and may you RIP.
Deborah Jenkins
April 28, 2017
I remember when a Cannon in the church and when he was at Beaver Cross -- we would yell for him . . . Cannon Ball . . . and into the pool he would go doing, of course a cannon ball. We would laugh and laugh and he was there for us!
Susan Steen
April 26, 2017
I am so grateful for the life and legacy of this great man. All who knew him loved him. Sleep in Peace Bishop. You will be greatly missed.
Dr. Rhonda Franklin Ferguson
April 24, 2017
I was honored to know Bishop Ball and benefit from the lessons he taught us. My Condolences to his family. Rest in peace to my mentor and my friend!
Mark Bobb-Semple
April 24, 2017
Bishop Ball was a tremendous individual. I am so glad that I got to know him and be a member of the Cathedral.
Kathryn Ehrhardt
April 23, 2017
Bishop was and is the epitome of decency, morality and friendship. I prize the time and friendship that we shared over the years. Lynda and I will keep him in our prayers as we know that he will be watching over us, his family, friends and church community. God Bless!! - John and Lynda Kearney
John Kearney
April 23, 2017
I first met then dean ball in 1960,i was 10, I was going to the cathedral school for boys. everyday we would go into the cathedral for prayer and after we would argue who was better mantle or mays.his brother peter was our princapal.i would become an alter boy and served him many times. he was just a great guy, I was so pleased when he became bishop. about 7 years ago I ran into him and had nice chat with him from the 60s years. I told him I had a mcdonalds glass from years ago with willy mays on it and I wanted him to have it. I told every time I used it I thought of him. he told me to keep the glass so that I would always think of him. rest in peace my mentor, my freind
alan bauer
April 23, 2017
The Rt. Rev. David Ball was the kindest, most caring human being I knew. He was my ultimate "boss" when I served as medical director of The Child's Hospital in Albany. We even played a few rounds of golf together at Colonial Acres. We kept up our friendship after I had retired.
Levon Bedrosian
April 23, 2017
To all of the Bishop's Family: I am very sorry for your loss. Bishop Ball was a tremendous friend to me, my late Dad (Jack McNulty), and our entire Family for decades. We will always be grateful for his lifetime of dedicated and humble service to others. I was honored to attend his installation as Bishop in 1984, and to benefit from his guidance and example throughout the years. The lessons he taught will not be forgotten.
Mike McNulty
April 23, 2017