Hiram Price Ball Jr.

April 19, 1946April 14, 2020

ORLEANS- Hiram Price Ball Jr., 73 , died Tuesday, April 14,2020 peacefully at home after a long and courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. His wife of 49 years, Margot Hill Ball, was by his side.

Hiram was born on Good Friday at Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh, PA April 19, 1946 to the late Hiram Price Ball Sr., Pittsburgh, PA and the late Florence Helen Campbell Ball, Brazil, IN. And to his late grandparents, George Loyal Ball, Lillian Irene Price Ball, and John Andrew Campbell, Emma Jones Campbell. He had two sisters, the late Victoria Irene Ball, Providence, RI and Susan Campbell Ball who resides in Pittsburgh, PA.

Hiram attended and graduated from Middlesex Township Elementary School, Mars Area High School, and Franklin and Marshal College with a BA in government. He joined the USMC as a reserve upon graduation. He began his business career in 1969 in the Glass Fiber Division of Pittsburgh Plate Glass, Pittsburgh . He married his wife, Margot Cowdrey Hill on August 28,1971. They lived in Buffalo, NY and Chicago, IL and moved back to Pittsburgh, settling in Sewickley, in 1977. That is where they raised their two sons, Alexander McClure Ball, Los Angeles, CA and Justin Campbell Ball, Marietta, GA.

In 1980, Hiram left PPG and joined DSMBV, a Netherlands-based company as it’s North American Director to commercialize the company’s technology in the fledgling Glass Fiber Reinforced Concrete ( GFRC ) market. He founded “Ball Consulting, Ltd “ at that time to commence the discovered technology for global markets of applications with the Dutch chemical company, DSM . He traveled the world. He sold his business in 2012 to Smooth-On, but remained as a consultant for them.

While living in Sewickley, PA he was an avid polo player, playing for the Sewickley and Darlington Polo Teams. Following in his father's footsteps who had played as a young man. Hiram was a registered player in the United States Polo Association and served as the Sewickley Polo Delegate for many years.

Upon retiring to Cape Cod with his wife, he continued his passion for figurative sculpting. He was self taught - taking workshops and studying anatomy books to perfect his skills. His studio, “ Atelier Ball” was in Harwich, MA.

Hiram was a proud member of the National Sculpture Society in NY, Cultural Center of Cape Cod, Cape Cod Museum of Art, Cotuit Center For The Arts, PAAM, The Beachcombers and Paul Schulenburg’s “Wednesday Painting Group“, as the sole sculptor.

Hiram received the “Outstanding Achievement Award“ from the Glass Reinforcement Concrete Association and accolades from the Cape artist community for his pieces. Culminating in an exhibition and talk of his work through the years- “Hiram Ball: Master of Media “ at the Cape Cod Museum of ART, the end of January of this year. Where one of his bronze relief sculptures was accepted into it’s permanent collection.

He is also survived by Erica Hanrahan, Los Angeles, CA, Justin’s wife, Kelli Ann Cooper and his grandchildren, Felix Milo Ball and Matilda Charlotte Ball of Marietta, GA. Along with his two sons, they were ”the lights of his life“. He was their beloved “Pepere”.

A memorial / celebration of life service will be announced at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Hiram’s name to the following : Cape Cod Museum of Art 60 Hope Lane, Dennis, MA 02638 / Cotuit Center of Arts 4404 Falmouth Rd, Falmouth, MA 02635 / Beacon Hospice Care 68 Center Street, Suite 19 Hyannis, MA 02601


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Carla Winterbottom

April 25, 2020

We will treasure the memories of visiting Hiram in his amazing studio, hearing his stories, and his last talk at the museum. His gift of art is on the wall, a peaceful sailboat under moonlight.

Steve Hasley

April 22, 2020

I was very saddened to hear of Hiram‘s passing. He and I went to both grade school and high school together. And we both played basketball on the Mars High School team.

I fondly remember riding horses with Hiram and friends at his home in Mars.

We lost track of each other after college but I was very interested in reading about his life. Knowing the young Hiram, I would have predicted his success in business and the arts.

May God give peace and comfort to all of his family.

Karen Richardson

April 21, 2020

Hiram was very special to me in many ways. He had confidence in me to open the supply store with Ball Consulting in Loveland in 1999. We started with an empty warehouse unit that over the years turned into a successful business for myself and my family. After three years I left Ball Consulting. Hiram and I remained good friends, both business and personal. I have many good memories of learning the materials from him, attending art shows and conferences. Hiram was also very generous. I owe my livelihood to him. I admired how he followed his passions, and he had many. I am very grateful to have known him. My deepest sympathy to all the family. His creative and loving spirit will be with us forever.

Jon Remissong

April 20, 2020

Margot, I again just wanted to express my deepest sympathies and condolences to your family. What started out simply as a working relationship developed into a great friendship. Traveling around the globe, we had many great experiences, dinners, and conversations. One of my favorite memories was when Hiram was shopping for a new writing instrument at a souk in Dubai and he began sketching the owner. In no time, he had a crowd gathered around looking to see what he had created. That's what made Hiram so truly unique, one minute we would be talking concrete, and the next he was sketching a portrait. I am honored to say that Hiram was my friend and he will be deeply missed.

Ed Knowles

April 19, 2020

Margot & Family,
We send our condolences and love to you and your family. I met Hiram in 1980 and spent many years working with him and enjoying many wonderful times together. We spent most of our time together with the work of the Glass Fiber Reinforced Concrete (GFRC) Industry, with many publications and seminars, but we also had many personal times
and trips together. He was a very good friend and we worked together on many endeavors throughout the years. I always enjoyed my time with Hiram and we had some marvelous evenings and dinners together. He was a great and generous host and always had a good story to share. I remember fondly the entertaining conversations with our friends at our meetings and dinners; they were always enjoyable. We also feel blessed to have the opportunity to get to know you and spend time with you and the family through the years and follow the boys successes. We send our love and support to you and the family. Love Ed & Helen

George Bishop

April 19, 2020

Whenever Hiram came to visit our plant and share his wisdom it always felt like an old friend came to visit. Thats who he was to me. Never felt like work ...until after he left. We'll keep working hard to keep his visions alive as he had for us all. Forever thankful to have shared the time he was always so generous with. Sending a prayer for peace for his family and loved ones.
Privelaged to have known you friend.

Ding and Robin Hays

April 19, 2020

Margot: Thinking of you at this sad time but remembering you two on your side porch enjoying yourselves while we interrupted your peace and quiet! That’s what neighbors are for! 😘 please give Alex and Justin a hug from us and know that you all are in our thoughts and prayers. ❤️❤️

Harvey Rickertr

April 19, 2020

Margot I have so many great memories of the years in Sewickley with our families and friends.
Hiram was a talented and caring gentleman but also a great sportsman. He and I started the Sewickley Polo Club with help of Mark and Dave Powers from the Darlington Polo Club. We played home games at Marks polo field and Darlington Polo Club field. We would load our horses and gear in our trailers and travel to away club games and benefit games together for about 10 years .
What wonderful memories of these years that I shared with Hiram.
I was fortunate to have known Hiram as a friend and teammate
My condolences

Anne Sandstrom

April 19, 2020

I didn’t know Hiram, but felt as if I did. My sister, Marie Rizzo, a fellow artist, spoke of Hiram so often and so dearly that he felt like part of the family. His work is stunning, of course, but I think his most enduring legacy will be his spirit. May he rest in peace and beauty and may his loved ones find comfort in his memory.

Sandy and John Kaminski

April 18, 2020

Hiram was such a kind and talented man. I enjoyed working with him in the JFK Terminal and then, later when I used his product in my own work. The wedding present from Hiram and Margot hangs in my kitchen. My daughters really thought Hiram was Santa. Also, that Santa was really an artist who drove the sleigh one night.( side job) Hiram will be missed.