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David Berkley Ballard
St. Albans, VT
David B. Ballard, 58, formerly of Essex Junction, passed away August 14, 2019, after a courageous 5 year battle with ALS, at the McClure Miller Respite House in Colchester. David was born in Burlington, VT to James and Shirley (Riley) Ballard May 20, 1961. He grew up in Essex Junction, graduating from Essex High School in 1980. David worked for the University of Vermont Medical Center and All American Fitness Center.
David married Lisa on August 6, 2005 in North Hero, VT. During their 14 years together they made many happy memories.
David was an avid Boston Bruins fan. As a lifelong outdoor enthusiast, he particularly enjoyed spending time boating on Mallets Bay, fishing for walleye, hunting, and he even took pleasure in mowing his lawn. David was known to friends and family as the master of the grill. He was a patriotic citizen and enjoyed every aspect of the holidays. David’s many Labrador Retrievers held a very special place in his heart.
Left to cherish David’s memory are his Mother Shirley Ballard, wife Lisa, his in-laws Roland and Connie Doucette, his children Logan Ballard and her significant other Jesse Read, Katie Ballard and her fiance Joe Eaton, Kyle and Katie Demeritt, and Kayla Demeritt and Corey Westall; grandchildren Hanna, Madeline, Dakota, Kimber, Parker and Jackson; siblings Sandy and Randy LaClair and Sue and James Widener. Also surviving are his cousins Randy and JoAnn Dusharm, Tommy and Beth Morpeth, and many others; nieces and nephews Krista Eastman, Jed LaClair, Samantha Justice, and many great-nieces and nephews; the mother of his children Christine Isham, and many good friends. A special thanks to David’s caregiver Sarah Hockhousen. David was predeceased by his father James Ballard.
The family would like to extend their heartfelt appreciation for the expressions of kindness and love extended not only to David, but to them as well during this time.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in David’s memory to the McClure Miller Respite House, 3113 Roosevelt Highway, Colchester, VT 05446 or Essex Youth Hockey Association, P. O. Box 725, Essex Junction, VT 05453.