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Arthur J. "Artie" "Brother" "Lefty" Ballard

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“The Ballard Family: it is with great sadness that we learned of the passing of Arthur. He was a wonderful individual who was always there to help...Read More »
1 of 14 | Posted by: Herb and Sandy Tufts - Berlin, MA

“Blessing of life ,the greatest gift is of love ,this gift was Artie"s tribute to life ,the love in his eyes for everyone around him ,truly ...Read More »
2 of 14 | Posted by: Emmanuel mello - Jefferson, MA

“Such a kind, soft-spoken gentleman! Anytime he spoke with me or with someone else, he made it clear that he was truly interested in what you had to...Read More »
3 of 14 | Posted by: Susan Alatalo - Marlborough, MA

“I wish I had told Artie the last time I visited, what a fantastic father and role model I thought he was to his boys, although i'm sure he was aware...Read More »
4 of 14 | Posted by: kathleen anderson

“Arthur and I would share family updates whenever we met. He was so proud of his family . A true friend, always cheerful and always thoughtful. My...Read More »
5 of 14 | Posted by: Mika Kraszeski - Berlin, MA

“Our deepest sympathies to Arthur's family.Marie, Mark, Lyn and Cindy Lupien ”
6 of 14 | Posted by: Mark Lupien - Sudbury, MA

“Among the many pleasant smiles, conversations adn laughs...I recall them choosing their mums at the Church fair each September outside the Bake Booth...Read More »
7 of 14 | Posted by: pamela dona - berlin, MA - Friend

“Sorry for your loss, Matt. I know how close you were to 'Artie'- your stories would make it seem like we knew him. May you find peace and serenity...Read More »
8 of 14 | Posted by: Maria Manzaro - Worcester, MA

“Art. was a true friend many memories of him come to my mind. Growing up in Marlborough his best friend was Bob Morin. Saw him at all the Shamrocks...Read More »
9 of 14 | Posted by: A friend

“Thank you for serving our country. May your family find comfort in their faith and may you Rest in Peace. ”
10 of 14 | Posted by: Dr.Timothy Hoffman - Spencer, MA

“"I look good!...I feel good!...I am good!".....day after ...day. This was Arthur's M.O., ... I, ... was privileged and honored to be with this man,...Read More »
11 of 14 | Posted by: Claudine Ballard - Hubbardston, MA

“Matt and Steven, I am so sorry for the loss of your dad. My prayers for you and your family. Ann Guerard ”
12 of 14 | Posted by: A friend

“I met Arthur in the last chapters of his life story. Although are friendship was brief it was extremely meaningful to me and my family. He talked...Read More »
13 of 14 | Posted by: Jane Powers - Westborough, MA

“Arthur was a friend of my late husband Bob Murdock who was also employed at the MDC. Arthur was indeed a very kind man, he called me several times...Read More »
14 of 14 | Posted by: Kathryn Murdock


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Arthur (Artie, Brother, Lefty) J. Ballard, 83, of Berlin, MA, died peacefully surrounded by family on Saturday, April 2, 2016. Born in Marlborough, MA, he was the son of the late Arthur and Marion (Taylor) Ballard and the husband of the late Claire L. (Wilson) Ballard to whom he had been married for 51 years before her death in 2015. He was also predeceased by his sisters, Shirley Seymour and Marion Randall. Arthur is survived by his sons, Stephen J. Ballard and his wife Claudine and Matthew D. Ballard and his wife Lisa. He was the proud grandfather of Stephen, Meghan, Brian, Sean, Anna and Sam Ballard and great-grandfather of Joslyn and Taylor Ballard. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews and friends.
Arthur was a longtime parishioner at St. Joseph the Good Provider in Berlin, MA. He retired from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Metropolitan District Commission after 28 years of dedicated service as a laborer. He had also been employed at Marlborough Hospital and Dennison/Design Pak in Marlborough for many years. He was a veteran of the United States Air Force, serving in Korea. He was a devoted husband, loving father, uncle and friend to many. Known for his kindness, friendliness, humility and contagious smile, Arthur was always there for the people he loved and touched during his lifetime.
Arthur loved to tell people how proud he was of his boys, but they are even more proud of him. Arthur was an avid sports fan with a passion for baseball. He loved to play pitch with his family, dance and listen to Big Band music which in his words was "better than the music today". He was a Third Degree, Honorary Life Member of the Knights of Columbus. Arthur loved coaching his sons in Little League. He also loved going to sporting events to watch his sons, grandchildren and friends and was always one of the proudest supporters.
Visiting hours will be held on Friday, April 8 from 4-7 pm at the Slattery Funeral Home, Inc., 40 Peasant St., Marlborough, MA.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, April 9 at 10:00 am at St. Joseph the Good Provider, 52 West St.,Berlin , MA.
Burial will follow at Maplewood Cemetery, Pleasant St., Marlborough, MA.