The Obit For Dean Ballam

Dean Ballam
June 6, 1915 - May16, 2009

Published in the Vancouver Sun on 5/22/2009


Dean died peacefully at the Kiwanis care centre in North Vancouver. He is predeceased by two brothers, Ralph and Oliver and his parents, LiI and Lincoln by several years.

He is survived by his wife, Dorothy, of 47 years, his brother Clive and family, daughter Laurie, nephews Bruce and Brook and their families and cousin Bill Riley. Dean was born in Chilliwack and lived there until his late teens.

He moved to the U.S. where he starred as a pitcher with the New York Giants baseball team and with Sioux City pro ball club. While, in Sioux City he was asked to throw a few practice pitches for George Herman (Babe) Ruth who was impressed with his skill. On his return to Canada, he pitched for the Toronto Marlborough team.

He took up golf using his baseball skills and did very well... well enough to enjoy playing with such greats as Mo Norman.

After several years as a manager in the food industry, he and Dorothy returned to Vancouver in 1967. Here he represented several other food manufacturers and growers until his retirement.

He will be greatly missed by his friends at the Chilliwack golf course and the West Van Senior Centre.