George Ball died - Friday, January 19, 2007
It is with great sadness we announce the death of George Ball, Honorary President of Victoria Centre.
George was a member of RASC since 1955, and was a Life Member. He is part of our history, so this is the end of an era here in Victoria Centre.
A service was held Monday, January 29th at 2pm at the John Alfred Centre, 2631 Douglas Street, Victoria, BC.
Thank you card from George's family:
Sad news indeed. He will be missed by everyone that knew him.
Betty and I are very sorry to hear this sad news. George
was inspirational as a human being and an astronomer.
My condolences to George's family and to all his
On the passing of George Ball. Please accept my condolences to everyone who new him. " A man of good example! "
And thank you Sid for your considerate efforts over the last few years in
helping him out to our events. It gave some of us a chance to get to know
I did not have the good fortune to know George Ball
personally but I learned of his reputation some time ago and it seems clear to
his influence in helping to shape a wonderfully supportive RASC chapter is
something that all of us including newcomers like me benefit from.
George was a great man, and I was happy that we were
able to honour him with the award in his and Jack’s name, and the honorary
presidency, amongst other things. We’re going to miss him.
It is with sadness that I read this e-mail concerning
George's passing. He was such a good friend to me and I will not forget his
George accomplished so much in his life, especially when
it came to amateur astronomy. I still marvel at his Hydrogen-Alpha image of the
Sun posted on our website. It is dated 1992! George was a innovator...an example
to amateur astronomers everywhere, but especially here in Victoria Centre.
My condolences to his family and friends, George has
contributed so very much to our astronomical community and he will be dearly
missed. In the past few years I became quite close to George and a first hand
witness of his dedication to this passion we all share.
My condolences to George’s family and friends. In my
early years with the Centre over a decade ago George was always there to answer
questions for a beginner like myself. We will all miss him.
The news of Geoge's passing deeply saddened me. George
was my mentor during the construction of my observatory in Duncan and came to
see it twice. I rescued his observing chair and that will be a wonderful momento
to put in my new observatory. I will remember George always. My condolences to
his family. He will be missed.
It's sad to hear, please give my condolences to his
Although I did see George at a couple of club functions
I did not have the chance to know him personally. I always impress’s me to see
how one persons passion for a subject can leave a permanent mark on that
I'm deeply saddened and shocked to hear about George's
passing, my deepest condolences to his family.
Just a quick note to say how sorry I am to hear of the
passing of George Ball. George was the very first person in the RASC I met face
to face. That was at the GA in Edmonton in 1970 as I was heading to Victoria for
a summer job at DAO as a student. I still recall his and Franklyn Loede's
interest in me, though young, while most of the "old gang" had little interest
in the new people that showed up. It made an impression on me and how I dealt
with RASC members as I became involved a few years later in the Halifax Centre.
I like to think that some of the profile of the Halifax Center these days is
still a result of my involvement there from 1975 to 1991 -- that involvement was
very definitely influenced by George!
I was deeply saddened to here of George's Passing today. He was what I
would describe as the founding father of the RASC in Victoria and the rock that
bound us all to this group, he will be fondly remembered and sadly missed by all
those who knew him.
Very sad to hear this news.
Sadly, George has passed away but his memory will remain as a fine example of
all that a good man can accomplish in a lifetime. He was a friend to everyone he
met, a mentor and willing advisor to so many new members and someone you could
always rely on for sound information and a helping hand. George's passion for
astronomy spurred many on to greater heights and his creative abilities were
legendary. Although he will be sorely missed his name will go down in Victoria
Centre's history with all the honour he was due.
My greatest sympathy to the family and I am very glad that I knew George.
In my short time in Victoria I never got to know George, although it was very
obvious from discussions with other RASC members that he had a very strong
influence on the club. My condolences go out to all of you who knew him closely.