William Christopher Ballin
May 3, 1927 – September 11, 2021
William (Bill) C. Ballin formerly of: Staunton, VA; West Augusta, VA; New York City, NY (off and on for 35 years; he was a true New Yorker!); Paris, France; Geneva, Switzerland; Washington, D.C.; Findlay, Ohio; Littleton, CO; Denver, CO; Casper, WY; Colorado, Springs, CO; Toledo, Ohio; and Fort Wayne, IN, passed away peacefully on September 11, 2021.
Bill (Bo, to some grandchildren) was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, uncle, and friend to many people in diverse parts of the world. He was preceded in death by his wife, Delores Mary Ballin, whom he adored and never stopped loving.
In his early adult years, he worked in radio and television and, in Colorado, did some of the first “interview styled'” television shows. Listed in the 1992 “Who’s Who in the World”, his international business and volunteer work took him to all corners of the globe where he met and engaged with people, many of whom became his longtime business partners and friends. He visited 46 countries and very well may have travelled 2 million miles in his lifetime!
Yet, he had the ability and sensitivity to treat all people equally whether it was a taxicab driver, a doorman, a waitperson, a wealthy businessman, a farmer, a politician, or the "rich and famous" he just-so-happened to meet with downright suspicious frequency. He always exhibited a genuine interest in the well-being of others and valued the quality of the relationships he had with them, which often contained a dose of his often subtle, but endearing, sense of humor. A doorman at the Washington, D.C. Jefferson Hotel, still asks about him after 40 years! People remembered him for the right reasons! Bill is survived by his admiring children and their spouses, Beth (Manuel), Stuart (Anne), Scott (Peggy), and Kirk (Robin). He is also deeply missed by his grandchildren, Christopher, Andrew, Claire, William (Tanya, Mira), Gwenivere, Sion, Adrienne (Zack and Leroy), and Alexander, and by his nieces and nephews, Christine (Brad, Jordan, Zoe), Miles (Kia, Andre), Frank (Melissa, Serenity, Stormy), and relations in Australia.
The family would very much like to thank Dr. James Lagrua, the wonderful staff at Augusta Health, and the staff at Augusta Health Hospice of the Shenandoah for the care they exhibited during Bill’s final days. And the family would especially like to thank the Legacy at North Augusta for the care and respect that was given to him these past eleven years, especially through the Covid months! His family is deeply grateful!
A special shoutout to the staff of Emilio’s, the Depot, and Kathy’s for being so accommodating and friendly to him!
And an appreciative thank you to the friends he had in the Deerfield Valley for 40 years; especially to Jerry Thomas, who was Bill’s frequent Wednesday lunch mate at the Depot. Condolences may be left on the Reynolds Hamrick Funeral Home website site, www.reynoldshamrickfuneralhomes.com or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. A photo, video, stories, etc. board is also available at: https://www.kudoboard.com/boards/YYbtWkkz? fbclid=IwAR21BwWzMrgVuW8J5LcFNpHpi1qGDttvNkkijlBYZRzAs6BnDSBGPEc-1w4
And remember, folks, the point of life is to live how you would like to be remembered when you die. Bill, did. It’s never too late! Thanks!
Arrangements entrusted to the Staunton Chapel of Reynolds Hamrick Funeral Homes.
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William Christopher Ballin
September 14, 2021
My family, and in particular my father Angelo Ravano, has been very fond of Mr. Ballin having spent a long period of professional activity together. I remember him as a great gentleman who contributed a lot to the success of the shipping activities carried out by the family. He never failed to suggest and support the right actions at international level both to my father Angelo and to us sons.
We keep a grateful memory of him.