Robert "Bob" Alexander Ball passed away peacefully at South Bruce Grey Health Centre - the hospital in which he was born 86 years ago on Oct. 7, 1931.


He will be deeply missed by his wife of 65 years, Rita (Gulliver) and son Steven Ball.


He was the most incredible grandfather to his five grandchildren: Katrina Smiley (Michael Crossley), Natasha Smiley, RJ Smiley (Alicia Boyd), Ryan Ball (Lauren Killin) and Adam Ball.


Predeceased by his daughter, Amanda Alexander (née Ball).


Bob loved sports from the very beginning. He was a star athlete in Kincardine with record-breaking achievements in track and field and was a member on many sports teams. Over the years, he spent many early mornings with his children and grandchildren in arenas all over Ontario for hockey and figure skating, often delivering whole hockey teams to the Davidson Centre. There are countless fond memories of school ski trips, Blue Jays games and NHL games with his grandkids.


Bob and Rita spent 20 years living in Toronto where they worked and started their family. They then returned to Kincardine where they owned and operated a cottage rental business on the lake. Eventually Bob took over his father's upholstery business and they moved into town.


Easy-going by nature, Bob and Rita enjoyed many years of travel together, which they later shared with their grandchildren, flying them south for holidays together. Always smiling, Bob’s humour and wit were always sharp and there was always a hockey or ball game on the television.


Rita Ball and family are extremely grateful to Dr. Gary Gurbin and the doctors, nurses,VON, homecare nurses, volunteers and friend Katie in Kincardine, who tirelessly cared for Bob. He was blessed with a beautiful long and healthy life.


Cremation has taken place.


A private graveside service will be held at a later date.


In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the MS Society or to a charity of your choice.