- 53 years old
- Date of birth: Dec 29, 1956
- Date of passing: Mar 27, 2010
|Let the memory of David be with us forever|
"Lifting up a special prayer for Dave with thinkfulness that he was a part of our lives. I'm always thinking of Dave this time of year with Spring Training winding down and a new baseball season about to begin. Dave loved visiting Florida this time of the year and I have fond memories of sitting with him at Legends Field, watching the Yankees and talking baseball. Miss you!"
"Dave although I just learned of my best friend in my school years death a few months ago and that you have been gone for 4 yrs. was a huge shock .As I sat here reading all the tributes to you and seeing the photos of you and your family I realized how much I missed you .Now with all the plans that are being made for our classes 40th reunion the memories have been coming back every time that I see a post about it on Facebook . Like the time we hunted rabbits at the game lands until dark and a little longer not quite legal but we had a great day of hunting.Or the day we were deer hunting and someones dog that was running loose ran a deer right pass us and neither one of us could even get a shot . Or the time when you drove your moms Imperial and had me wondering how the heck you were changing the radio stations without touching the button and telling me must be a ghost . The great river fishing trips in the canoe from Sayre to Ulster with the beagle . Or just being at your mom and dads watching hockey or shooting pool in the basement and doing push ups for every shot we missed . To Dave's family I wish he was still here for you all and that I could have been part of his adult life , he was a very special person .
The years may have taken us apart but in the end of our time here we may all get together and see each other again . RIP My friend I will never forget the time that we shared even in the span of our lives was very short ."
"Thank you Dennis and John for sharing your memories of Dave. It sounds like he lived a life always as a good friend, happy guy and outdoorsman."
"I met Dave when I moved to Athens in 1967. We lived on Maple St. he lived across the street and we quickly became good friends. I have been wondering about Dave for many years. I remember playing basketball in his gravel driveway. We even shoveled snow to play. We has snow ball fights ...he hid behind his big mapla tree and I had mine. My most vivid memory is of how dig his snowballs were. I could be wrong but they seemed to be as big as basketballs. I'm glad Dennis Malone found your site and gave it to me. ...you were and will be forever in my heart. RIP dave, best friend ever."
"I was a very close friend of Dave in elementary and high school we lived just down the street on Maple from each other . We were at each others house all most every day mostly at his . We played basketball in his driveway played football from midgets thru high school. Worked out in his basement and played pool. My step father taught Dave and myself to hunt and we taught each other how to fish. Dave was a great friend to me . We used to float down the river on a canoe from Athens to Ulster fishing with his dog . I remember one of those times floating the river when we were summoned to the shore by a game warden , who asked us what we using for floatation devises as we had left them at the boat launch . He gave us a ticket and said that the dog didn't count as a life saver . His mom was a great lady she would let us get away with a lot . Today after looking on Facebook and asking for years about Dave and trying to find him by contacting people named Ball with no luck . My daughter who knows more about searching found Dave, and to my shock found this page. Dave and I last saw each other in 2004 at his dad Teds funeral. When Dave got married Kathy we lost track of each other as I had moved and was married also. I knew he had got remarried after he and Kathy split up . I'm extremely sorry to hear that almost the whole time I was looking for Dave that he was gone . There never was a greater man than Dave and have missed not seeing him for years . His dad would tell me about him sometimes after I came to Athens to work at Agway for two years as my step dad was dying from cancer and I wanted to be close to help my mom take care of him. but after my step dad passed I returned to Elmira and only heard of Ted's death from my sister who read it in the paper. So that's when I last seen my friend Dave he looked very different from what I remembered him. If anyone sees this I'm very sorry I lost contacted with Dave or as the football team use to call everyone by their dads name back in 1973-74 season Ted . As I have set here most of the day reading the pages on here and seeing the photos I see my friend was what I always knew he would be a great man loved by many . RIP David my friend
"Thinking of Dave this week. Hard to believe it's been 3 years...but everytime spring training roles around here in Tampa we'll remember him and his love of baseball!"
"Remembering Dave on this his birthday week. My fondest memories are of spending time with Dave and family over Thanksgiving. We enjoyed having Janet, Kristi, Kristi's boyfriend, Todd, and Scott in Tampa this past Thanksgiving, but we missed Dave's presence...his laughter, his heartfelt hugs and his ability to whip up something extraordinary in the kitchen. We miss him dearly."
"Jay, Hillary and I are remembering Grandave fondly today, the day that would have been his 56th birthday. If we could find scrapple here in Tampa, we'd have it in his honor!"
"We are thinking of Dave on his birthday... I was just remembering one of the Christmas days we spent with him. He was such a great entertainer."
"Today, on his birthday, we'll be thinking of Dave and feeling grateful to have known him.
Katie, Jay, and Hillary"
"In some communities, funerals are referred to as "Going Home celebrations." So, I guess the best way to remember March 27 is as GranDave's "Going Home" anniversary. Dave, we'll see you when we get home."
"In Dave's memory, we took a long hike today in the brisk March wind, snow still on the ground. Had we been REALLY good, in Dave's memory we would have been wearing shorts. We miss him. We reminisce over Dave-and-Janet experiences about weekly."
""Love is like a butterfly; it goes where it pleases, and pleases where it goes". Thinking of you and Janet today, and all the fun, adventure and good food that was Dave! Jan"
"Just wanted to say I was thinking of Dave today...can't believe it has almost been a year since he left us. He was a wonderful person...and still greatly missed."
"It has been a long year leading up to this week, and with complicated feeling. The main one though is he left the suffering behind as he tackles bigger projects in the good 'ole Dave way, but also left all the great memories for us to share."
"Missing Grandave today on his birthday and always.
Katie, Jay, and Hillary"
"Last Christmas Dave was tired and not feeling great, but still was a great conversationalist, host and chef (via direction on how to braise the beef/vension(?), au gratin the potatoes, etc.) Missing you Dave as always and also during this holiday/birthday time."
"We are remembering Dave this Christmas eve, as it's certain that Janet, Katie, Kristi, Scott and theirs are. We don't exactly remember what Dave was doing one year ago before now, but he was probably making someone smile, or making someone not despair, or talking about food. Good job! Here's to you, Dave."
"You can't see it, but I'm sure Dave left Mom one of his super duper lovey princess birthday cards on the mantle today."
"Oskar and Hiltraut miss Sven. He and Lena made visits to the North Country fun; what a great couple.
Tilly can speak for herself, but I think she misses Sven too."
"I just saw Mom and Garfield and listened to my old voice mail messages. Didn't realize I had a couple of you on there so heard your voice (boy did you sound good!) Very much missed."
"To Davids family, I am a cousin of Davids and have not seem him in years. He was blessed to have so many that loved him. May God give you the peace that you need thru this difficult time."
"I only spoke to Dave once on the telephone while looking for my friend, Kristi. Dave said she had headed home, but when I talked to her to "tell her we love her." Sounds like that exemplified Dave! What a special person!"
"David Ball was a perfect inlaw, even though we were first introduced to him as sister Janet's "cross-country ski coach". Ha! Memories are at http://www.cs.cornell.edu/bergmark/family/DaveMemorial/"
"Dave was cheated out of many years of life but those that he was afforded he made the most of. One crazy adventure is described at http://sites.google.com/site/wrbergmark/. Check it out."
"Dave took me under his wing, socially and professionally, when he hired me fresh from college at the Conservation District. Cherished memories include those "Big Dog" shorts Dave wore and weekends I spent with he & Janet."
"Knowing Dave would be at the lake meant fun. I'll miss our morning tea,cutting fire wood,fishing, mostly the camp fires listening to the Twins.
Lake Harriet won't be the same."
"From a friend:There are few really good people that you meet in life and Dave was one of them - truly one of a kind, and genuinely sincere. I wish there was something I could say in remembrance, but Dave's impact isn't easy to put into words...! Just abo"
"I'll miss you here, Dave. You had a great impact on my life over the years. More than you knew. I loved your outlook, loved your dry humor. loved all our trips together - but I hated your bannock!"
"Eventhough we only knew a small part of Dave on Tues, Thurs and Sat mornings for the last year, we will dearly miss him here in dialysis. He had room in his heart for everyone. God Bless."
""Truth and Justice will prevail!" That was Dave's motto when we worked together, and, although sometimes said ironically when times were tough, it was truly his loadstar."
"Dave is away for a while. Right now he’s up on the Pine. He’s “sittin” on his ass, either on a log by a campfire or his canoe seat. It don’t matter, he’s got a smile on his face broader then the canyon is wide. A true old friend who knew â"
"I remember when Dave called for Janet when I worked for her. He always asked "is my beautiful wife there" or something else so sweet or loving. He will be missed."
"I never had the pleasure of meeting Dave, but when he telephoned for Janet and I answered the phone, we had the most wonderful conversations. Great sense of humor."
"4th of July at White Swan will never be quite the same. We will miss Dave's humor and his ability to play "the game". Lots of great memories."
"I like to remember the time Dave and his dad brought Poinsettias for each of us to the office at one of our Christmas Parties. It was a real nice gesture and a fun time. He was a terrific person."
"We will miss Dave's wild sense of humor and fun. Also his lake art. He was a fine person.
"Grandave was and always will be a cherished member of our family--we miss him already.
Katie, Jay, and Hillary"
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