1944 – 2016

NORWAY — Charles Peter Ball, 72, passed away suddenly Monday, Aug. 1, at home.

Charlie was born in Bridgeport, Conn., on April 10, 1944. He was the son of the late Eva K. Ball of South Boston, Mass. He earned his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Northeastern University in 1966 and his Master of Science from George Washington University in 1971.

Charlie worked for the National Security Agency at Fort Meade, Md., from 1966 to 1986. He was a patriot and worked in a position that allowed him to travel much of the world. While working for the NSA, he elected to take two tours of duty overseas in Zama, Japan, and Wiesbaden, Germany.

He moved from Maryland to Newport, R.I., in 1984 and studied at the Naval War College. In 1991, he earned a Master of Arts in national security and strategic studies from the War College and continued on as a professor. In 1985, he and his wife, Claire, became entrepreneurs and opened Fifth Ward Video on Lower Thames Street in Newport. He also owned and operated BMI Technologies from 1993 to the present.

He semi-retired to Waterford in 2007. He met his wife, Claire, at a college dance in 1964 at Northeastern University and they were married for 49 wonderful years. He loved living on Papoose Pond in Maine and never lost his love of the movies, good books and most of all, his family.

He is survived by his wife, Claire (Sullivan) Ball; sister, Virginia Budak; brother-in-law, John Budak of Pembroke, Mass.; daughter, Carolyn Ball, and partner, Claire Moroney, of Hopkinton, Mass.; son, Brian Ball, and daughter-in-law, Rebecca Ball of Ann Arbor, Mich.; and two grandchildren, Sammy Ball and Joey Ball who loved their papa very much. Charlie is also survived by many loving, extended family and friends.

The family wishes to thank the staff at Stephens Memorial Hospital and Stoneham Rescue. Online condolences can be expressed at www.chandlerfunerals.com.

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