Obituary: Nicholas Ball

Thu, 12/20/2012 - 8:44pm

Nicholas M. Ball, 73, of Uxbridge, Mass., died early Wednesday, December 19, at his home after a battle with cancer. He was a retired electrical engineer.

Mr. Ball was born in Pawtucket, R.I., a son of the late Nicholas and Helen M. (Hiorns) Ball. He grew up on Block Island and earned a degree in electrical engineering from Brown University. After serving stateside as a sergeant with the U.S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam War, he worked for Raytheon Company for many years, retiring several years ago. He was a member and treasurer of the Marshall-Leland American Legion Post and a communicant of Holy Angels Parish in Upton, Mass., where he had lived before moving to Uxbridge about 12 years ago.

He leaves five children: Mary Bove and Michael Ball of Holden, Mass., Patrick Ball of Sterling, Conn., Cynthia Channing of Northfield, Mass., and Patricia Shaw of Douglas, Mass.; a sister, Connie Peto of Clinton, Mass.; a brother, Richard Ball of Gretna, La.; his daughter-in-law, Michele Jackson of Conn.; and seven grandchildren.

Following cremation, a memorial Mass will be celebrated in St. Gabriel the Archangel Church, 151 Mendon St., Upton, at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, December 26. Burial will be on Block Island at a later date.

Calling hours at the Williams-Pedersen Funeral Home (, 45 Main St., Upton, are from 9 to 10:45 a.m. prior to the funeral Mass.