BALLARD, Earl Lloyd
Earl Lloyd Ballard passed away peacefully on September 5, 2020. Earl was born in 1927 to Reuben and Lillian Ballard of Hanley, SK. He attended Blue Hills School, Saskatoon Technical School, and the U of S before returning to the family farm. One of the first to import Simmental cattle, Lost River Ranches became central to the Simmental community, leading to Earl’s induction into the Canadian Simmental Hall of Fame for lifetime achievement.
Earl loved dancing and music, playing piano and violin. While singing in the Sunny Valley Church Choir, Earl met and eventually married school teacher Jeanette Denomy, with whom he had two daughters, Bev and Shelley.
Earl was always involved in the community, proudly serving as councillor for Lost River Municipality, president of the Sunny Valley Wheat Pool, and on the Saskatchewan and Canadian Simmental Association executives.
After passing farm operations on to the next generation, Earl opened David’s restaurant in Saskatoon, where he became well-known for his friendly and welcoming nature. Upon selling David’s, Earl moved on to various part-time positions, including Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers where he continued to be known for his hard work ethic despite being by far the oldest employee. It just wasn’t in his nature to “retire.”
In 1999, Earl married school teacher Elaine Borden, with whom he spent the rest of his life. He must have had a thing for school teachers!
Earl travelled the world, beginning with trips to cattle shows in Europe and South Africa with Jeanette, following Shelley on adventures through Asia, a historical tour of France and Belgium with Bev, trips to Scotland and enjoying his winter home in Arizona with Elaine. In 2009, three-generations of the family trekked to Machu Picchu in Peru where, at the age of 82, Earl became one of the oldest to ever complete the Inca Trail.
Earl will be lovingly remembered by his wife Elaine; daughter Shelley (Andrew); grandkids Andrew (Gretchen), Nicole (Austen), Julie (Kurt); great-grandkids Karsten, Kore, Sigrid; son-in-law Al; brother Elmer; step-children Lesley (Andy), Scott (Shari), Marnie (Francois) and their children Megan, Alyssa, Connor, Aaron, Aiden; and many other family members and friends. He was predeceased by wife Jeanette; daughter Bev; son-in-law Ross; siblings Lila, Melvin, and Lyle.
Our family would like to thank the wonderful and caring staff of Home Instead, Luther Heights Intermediate Care Home and ward 5200 at Royal University Hospital for their many kindnesses in helping us care for Earl.
A Celebration of Earl’s Life will be held on Saturday, September 12, 2020 at 2:00 pm, with close family in attendance. Live-streaming will be available at https://youtu.be/DuzYAxtMTvI . In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Alzheimer Society of Saskatchewan or Saskatoon Search and Rescue.
Arrangements in care of Travis Minor - Mourning Glory Funeral Services (306) 978-5200.
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