The Rt. Rev. David S. Ball, 1926-2017
The Cathedral of All Saints in the City and Diocese of Albany announces with sadness the death of our dearly beloved former Dean, The Rt. Rev. David Standish Ball, VII Bishop of Albany, 1926-2017. He was 91 years of age.
Bishop Ball died peacefully surrounded by members of the Cathedral congregation and other friends at the Loudonville Assisted Living Residence.
He served the Cathedral congregation as Canon Sacrist and Canon Precentor and then as Dean for 23 years from 1960 until elected as Bishop Coadjutor of Albany in 1983. Racial reconciliation was a focus of his ministry and he was President of the Albany Inter-Racial Council and President of the Dudley Park Housing Development Company.
Bishop Ball often said that, ”ministry is to the people in the name of Christ. That is the essence.” In his retirement Bishop Ball continued an active people-centered ministry at the Cathedral and in the community. The Cathedral clergy who visited Bishop Ball at the assisted living residence often remarked on his ministry to the staff and other residents and on their outpouring of prayer and concern as the Bishop approached his final days.
Bishop Ball will lie in state in the Cathedral on Friday, 28 April from 3 p.m. - 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. The funeral service will be Saturday, 29 April at 11 a.m. Memorial donations in honor of Bishop Ball will be used to advance projects dear to his heart such as the mission work of the Cathedral and the creation of a public garden and park at the corner of Elk and Swan Street. Checks should be made out to The Cathedral of All Saints and marked “Bishop Ball Fund” on the memo line.
On a personal note I am grateful that I was able to get to know Bishop Ball and talk with him and pray with him about the Cathedral he loved so well and served so ably. May he rest in peace and may light perpetual shine upon him and may his good works live after him.
The Very Rev. Dr. Leander S. Harding