Monday, February 05, 2007

Fred Ball, Lucille Ball's Brother, Has Died

Sadly, we have another passing to report. Fred Ball, Lucille Ball's beloved brother, died this morning. Ball's passing was disclosed in Tom Watson's weekly newsletter, Still in Love with Lucy. Fred Ball was 91.

Ric Wyman, Director of the Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Center/Museum in Jamestown, New York, also made an announcement on Fred Ball's death this afternoon:


Jamestown, NY – At the request of his family, the Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Center, in his hometown, Jamestown, New York, sadly announces the passing of Fred Ball at his home in Cottonwood, Arizona earlier today.

Mr. Ball was born on July 17, 1915, in Jamestown, the son of Henry and Desiree (Hunt) Ball, and younger brother of comedienne Lucille Ball. He left Jamestown to join his sister in California in the 1930’s, where he later traveled with his brother-in-law Desi Arnaz and his band and worked at Desilu Productions, the studio that produced Mission Impossible, Star Trek, and The Untouchables, as well as “I Love Lucy”. In recent years, he and his wife operated a motel in Cottonwood.

From her home in New York City, Lucie Arnaz said, “It was always special to us that Uncle Fred and I shared the same birthday. In addition to being my mother’s brother, he was also a close friend of my father. I like to think that they are all enjoying a wonderful reunion right now.”

Mr. Ball had requested that his ashes be interred in Jamestown’s Lake View Cemetery along with his sister, parents, grandparents and other family.

Our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Fred Ball.

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Josh (DizzyArnizzy) provided us with this news.