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Warm wishes & condolences to the Balles family

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We here at BCVoice would like to extend warm wishes and condolences to our dear friends the Balles family, on the passing of Ray Balles, 91, of Johnson City.

Ray was a member of the Johnson City Little League, where he served as a coach, Treasurer, VP, and also President for 10 years. He was the founder of the Junior Baseball League which is still in existence today. He also coached Johnson City Muni-League, and CYO basketball for a total of 20 years. Ray loved coaching, but what he loved even more was hearing from the kids that he had the pleasure of coaching to find about all their successes in life.

Ray was an avid Boston Red Sox fan and never missed a game. One of his biggest dreams came true when the Red Sox won a world championship in 2004. That World Series championship was there first since 1918, ending the Curse of the Bambino who was Babe Ruth.

Ray lived a very happy and fulfilled life. He was a very hands on Dad and never missed any of his children's sporting events. He loved to watch his grandchildren grow over the years and the laughter he brought will be deeply missed by anyone who had the pleasure of knowing him. Some of his favorite memories included taking his children to Johnson Field baseball stadium, the Jersey shore, taking the girls for their favorite ice cream, and taking his boys to Fenway park.

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"Rugged Ray" a truly great guy.

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I would like to offer my condolences as well to the Balles family.  I worked with his grandson, Brandon.  Great family.

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