The Obit For Dean Ballam
June 6, 1915 - May16,
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
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
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.