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John P. Ball

Franklin-John P. Ball, 85, of Golden Crest Assisted Living, 29 Baldwin Street, formerly of 10 Oak St., Belmont died surrounded by his loving family on November 12, 2009.

Mr. Ball was born December 8, 1923 in Worcester, Mass., the son of the late Allison P. and Agnes M. (Oldroyd) Ball.

Mr. Ball served in the U. S. Army.

Mr. Ball was a graduate of Classical High School, Worcester, Mass., State University of New York, Cortland, N. Y., University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Mass. and Boston University, Boston, Mass. He was a teacher at the Montverde School in Montverde, Florida, and at Franklin High School, Franklin, N.H. He was vice principal at Algonquin Regional High School in Northboro, Mass., principal at Farmington High School, Farmington, N.H. and Apponoquet Regional High School in Lakeville, Mass.; Assistant Superintendent for the Portsmouth, N.H. School District, the Northhampton, Mass. School District, the Epping, Chester, Fremont and Newmarket, N.H. School Districts, the Greenland, Rye, New Castle and Newington, N.H. School Districts and the Laconia, Gilford and Gilmanton, N.H. School Districts and was Superintendent of the Laconia, Gilford and Gilmanton, N.H. School Districts, the Greenland Rye, New Castle and Newington, N.H. School Districts and the Newmarket, N. H. School District. He retired in 1988.

Mr. Ball was a member and past president of the Lakes Region Retired Educators. He was a former member of the Kiwanis Club and the Rotary Club, a former trustee of the Laconia Library and a former member and past president of the SAU 14 Teachers Association.

Mr. Ball was a Trustee of the Bristol Federated Church, a member of the Gilmanton Community Church, a moderator at the Epping Federated Church, a trustee at the Center Harbor Congregational Church and a member of the Gilford Community Church.

In his retirement, John became an accomplished rug hooker, wood carver, and wood worker. His memory will live on in all of the handmade gifts that he made for his family.

Survivors include his wife of 57 years Margaret R. (Powell) Ball, of Franklin, four sons Robert D. Ball and his wife Barbara of Yorktown Virginia, Reed A. Ball and his companion Sally Johnson of Thousand Oaks, California, Roy A. Ball of Manchester, and Richard G. Ball and his wife Judy of Laconia, a daughter Roslyn B. Roy and her husband Kevin, of Gilford, eight grandchildren and two great grandchildren. In addition to his parents, Mr. Ball was predeceased by two brothers, David and Warren, and one nephew, Johnny.

Memorial calling hours will be held on Sunday, November 15, 2009 from 1:00-3:00 Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, N.H. using the Carriage House entrance. A memorial service will follow at 3:00 p.m. also at the funeral home.

Burial will be in the Raymond C. Wixson Memorial Garden, Gilford at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Lakes Region Scholarship Foundation, PO Box 7312, Gilford, N.H. 03247.

Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, N. H. is in charge of the arrangements.