Obituary for Francis "Frank" Ballou
Francis “Frank” Ballou, 89, a longtime resident of Hollis, died peacefully on December 20, 2017 under the loving care of his family and wife Dolores of 32 years.
He was born in Lexington, MA on April 8, 1928, one of eight children, to the late Leo and Margaret (MacKinnon) Ballou, originally from Nova Scotia.
He is remembered as a loving and devoted husband, father, brother, grandfather, uncle, friend and businessman. After a successful career in sales and management, Frank retired in 1987 from Edgcomb Steel, Nashua. He valued the hundreds of trips building relationships with customers located on the highways and treasured backroads of New England, and New York. After retirement, Frank served as president of the Hollis/Brookline Rotary Club, where he was also honored as a Paul Harris Fellow.
Most of all, Frank lived to have fun with his family and friends, especially at his camp, “Ballou Heaven” on Big Diamond Pond in Stewartstown, NH. He enjoyed boating, fishing, hunting, golfing, the Red Sox, the Patriots, gardening, a great book, and the great outdoors. As much at ease in a suit and tie as he was in his blue jeans, Frank is remembered as a gifted communicator. Ever the conversationalist, he equally excelled as an avid listener—welcoming stories from people from all walks of life.
Despite never-ending home projects at “Mapleway” Farm, he made time for many organizations. He was President of the Hollis Historical Society, elected to the Hollis Board of Selectman, volunteer to PTA, Fish and Game Club, Cub and Boy Scouts, sang baritone in the choir, and performed in Hollis Town Hall musical productions.
In his retirement years, Frank and Dolores shared over 32 years together after marrying on December 30, 1984. They enjoyed life with their large extended family and friends, travelling, bird watching, and supporting the Hollis community with annual events like Old Home Day. He was a volunteer visitor to patients at St. Joseph’s Hospital, and a mentor to students at Hollis Brookline High School.
Frank began his deep affection for the state of New Hampshire in the mid-1940s after moving there to start life with his young bride, Nancy (Powers) Ballou, of Waltham, MA. Nancy died December 2, 1981 after 36 years of marriage. He is survived by their six children: Sandra Allen of Newmarket, NH, Susan Remillard of Kittery Point, ME, Steven Ballou of Manchester, NH, Sarah Bowers of Cape Neddick, ME, Jennifer Bronson of Oakland, CA, and Amy Ballou of Saint Petersburg, FL; along with 13 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren.
He is also survived by his brothers, Joseph Ballou of Bethlehem, CT, Donald Ballou of San Diego, CA and Leo Ballou of Nashua, NH; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins, along with his extended family members through marriage to Dolores (Poirier), including children, Daniel Poirier of Nashua, Tom Poirier of San Clemente, CA, Jim Poirier of San Clemente, CA. In addition to his parents and his first wife, Frank was predeceased by his brother, Philip “Bobby” Ballou, and his sisters, Irene Reardon, Helen Simmons and Marilyn Ballou.
SERVICES: Please join his family in a celebration of his life on Saturday, January 6, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. for a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Louis De Gonzague Parish, 48 West Hollis Street, Nashua. A reception will be held after the services at Alpine Grove, 19 S. Depot Rd, Hollis. Interment prayers and burial will be held in Hollis, NH in Spring 2018, at the convenience of his family.
IN LIEU OF FLOWERS: Memorial donations can be made to either Hollis/Brookline Rotary Club, P.O. Box 1592, Hollis, NH 03049 or Home Health Hospice, 7 Executive Drive, Merrimack, N.H. 03054