Ballard's opposition to European players was so virulent that a Leafs scout used Ballard's time in jail to sign Brje Salming, one of the NHL's first great European players. Other notable incidents and anecdotes during Ballard's time as majority owner of the Toronto Maple Leafs and Maple Leaf Gardens include:. "If you can call a Chevrolet a Chev, why can't you call a Japanese a Jap?" TimesMachine is an exclusive benefit for home delivery and digital subscribers. "Peace is wonderful, but ", Frank Orr, Cole, Stephen. Along with a sister and a brother, Mr. Ballard grew up in the towering shadow of his father's loud, blustery life. When asked recently about the process of succession, Paul McNamara, chairman of the board of Maple Leaf Gardens, said: ''We just don't know it. Paul Henderson and Mike Pelyk followed a year later. He said it served the guy right, that it would do him some good.''. He competed in several regattas, and won the Toronto-Oakville marathon in 1929. Burke Mortuary - Newton-Conover In 1944, Ballard formed Harold E. Ballard Ltd., the personal holding company he would later use to purchase shares in Maple Leaf Gardens Ltd. A memorial service for Henry will be held Saturday, March 11, 2023 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM at The Chandelier Room of Singing Hills, 6221 University Hills Blvd., Dallas, TX 75241. You thought it couldnt get any more colourful under Harold Ballard. Photos larger than 8Mb will be reduced. This is a carousel with slides. He was "Billy" to his friends, and he had many of those. She would often hang around the team office until late at night. Yolanda Ballard, who died in her sleep on June 3, is survived by daughter Ana MacMillan, son Bill MacMillan, granddaughter Molly and extended family, as well as longtime caregiver Astrid von Czieslik. Edit a memorial you manage or suggest changes to the memorial manager. A year later, they staged a proxy war to regain control of the board. Indeed, the one story about Mr. Ballard's excitable metabolism that has been recycled more than the others over the years involves a visit to New York, where a stunned matre d' witnessed the man's gustatory feats. Occasionally the digitization process introduces transcription errors or other problems; we are continuing to work to improve these archived versions. Oops, some error occurred while uploading your photo(s). An email has been sent to the person who requested the photo informing them that you have fulfilled their request, There is an open photo request for this memorial. She was a canning manager and was a. About a month later, Ballard and two friends from the Yacht club were hurled from a boat into a frigid Lake Ontario. Two days later, Ballard asked Neilson to return, but with a paper bag over his head so as to conceal his identity. "Silent runner or not, an incident in 1989 put Mr. Ballard in the public arena, where the light was not always flattering. As this year's Maple Leaf press guide put it, ''He continues to defy his critics and dumbfound his detractors by basically just doing whatever he pleases, regardless of what anyone else thinks. Around that time, the Leafs had made it as far as the Stanley Cup semifinals in 1978, losing to the two-time defending champions Montreal Canadiens. But unbeknownst to the crooner, the elder McDermott had slipped and fallen right before the show and was taken to the hospital for stitches. At age 54, Ballard was the oldest member of the group, which were otherwise all in their 30s and 40s. , In the 1970s, Ballard had also bankrolled a group, headed by Hiram Walker Distillers vice-president Lorne Duguid, intent on bringing Major League Baseball to Toronto. CPI had an exclusive arrangement with the arena, which left most rival promoters out in the cold. We will review the memorials and decide if they should be merged. Yolanda Ballard, the former companion of crusty Maple Leafs owner Harold Ballard who became a central figure in the circus surrounding the franchise in the 1980s and 90s, has died. Most of Harold Ballard's fortune will eventually go to charity and his female companion will receive $50,000 a year until she dies or marries, executors of his estate said Wednesday. Box 716 Maiden, NC 28650. As owner of the Tiger Cats, Ballard claimed to be losing a million dollars a year. 0 cemeteries found in Toronto, Toronto Municipality, Ontario, Canada. ", (Indeed, Mr. Ballard was an enthusiastic chaser of properties to bring into Toronto. The storied arena fell into disrepair during Ballard's tenure. At no time before or after his trial did Ballard show any interest in being associated with Eagleson or in having members of the Leafs play the Soviets, and the move was widely seen to be a means to generate favourable public relations. He was convicted of fraud and sent to Millhaven Institution. And I had Billy on my side.". There, the Nationals lost 21 in overtime to a team from the U.S.the first loss for a Canadian team at the world championships. In addition to sharing the Braves with Buffalo, he had notions of a second CFL franchise and big-league baseball, too. Many years ago, a young Bill Ballard and his brother, Harold Ballard Jr., presented their father with a pair of piranhas in an aquarium for Christmas. Police surround the vehicle, and gunfire is heard on the video. At the end of the 197172 season, the Leafs only had three players signed to contracts for the next season: Rick Kehoe and veterans Jacques Plante and Bobby Baun. Keon was inducted into the Ontario Sports Hall of Fame in 2010. Yolanda Ballard, the former companion of crusty Maple Leafs owner Harold Ballard who became a central figure in the circus surrounding the franchise in the 1980s and '90s, has died. Harold Otto Hallberg, age 89, of Jordan, MN, formerly of St. Paul, MN, passed peacefully on Friday, July 31, 2020, at Oak Terrace Senior Living, in Jordan. She could dine with the Queen of England at night and the next morning be busting it with any kind of maintenance person, Gord Stellick recalled. Try again later. October 12, 1925 - November 25, 2016 Salem, Virginia Set a Reminder for the Anniversary of Harold's Passing. As a young man, he loved working with horses on his aunt and uncles farm. Harold Delk Jr. (2/22/23) BERTRAND, Mo. Ballard is buried at Park Lawn Cemetery in Toronto with his wife Dorothy. From the Toronto Star, December 3, 1969: FUNERAL SERVICES FOR MRS. DOROTHY BALLARD Funeral services will be Friday morning at 11am at Kingsway-Lambton United Church for Mrs. Dorothy Ballard, wife of Maple Leaf Hockey Club vice president Harold Ballard. Make a life-giving gesture The executors of Ballard's will were Steve Stavro, Don Giffin and Don Crump. Please. , During the 197879 season, with the Leafs struggling to make the playoffs, Ballard fired the team's popular head coach, Roger Neilson, against the wishes of the players. Harold Fred Weber, Jr. Manning, South Carolina March 4, 1945 - April 24, 2020 Tribute Wall Obituary & Events Share a memory Send Flowers Share a memory of Harold Fred Weber, Jr.. Plant a tree in memory of Harold An environmentally friendly option Plant a tree b benny putnam December 23, 2020 I worked with Harold in Cheraw many years ago. Keon was forced to move to the WHA's Minnesota Fighting Saints. At the time he was studying law, while she worked as a title searcher for a Toronto firm. Pennants proclaiming National Hockey League championships, Stanley Cup victories and other triumphs used to hang from the rafters of Maple Leaf Gardens. In November 1961, Conn Smythe sold most of his shares in Maple Leaf Gardens Ltd. to a consortium of his son Stafford, Toronto Telegram owner John Bassett, and Ballard. Fed up with being what he described as the "vice-president in charge of being the boss's son," he moved on to CPI , along with a $5-million loan from his father that helped found the company. Some information may no longer be current. "He brought in televised boxing programs and he brought in basketball's Buffalo Braves for a few games of the NBA season. . ''Harold hit him one shot; knocked him kicking,'' Mr. Clancy said in a 1984 interview. Ballard's children - Harold Jr., William and Mary Elizabeth Flynn - and his longtime companion, Yolanda Ballard, had visited him earlier Wednesday. Entombment will be in the Floral Hills Memorial Gardens. View Harold Edwin Ballard's obituary, contribute to their memorial, see their funeral service details, and more. Canada, Newspapers.com Obituary Index, 1800s-current. Search above to list available cemeteries. At the conclusion of the series, Ballard sent a bill to Hockey Canada for use of the building. These demands made it financially impossible for the Toros to survive in Toronto, and after the 1975-76 season they moved to Birmingham, Alabama. After a brief stay at Kingston Penitentiary, he was moved to a minimum-security facility that was part of Millhaven Institution. Some people took him for a boob, but they didn't realize how bright he was. Ballard died of a combination of factors, including diabetes, heart problems and kidney and respiratory failure, doctors at Wellesley Hospital said in a release. Diamond Dreams: 20 Years of Blue Jays Baseball, Stephen Brunt, p.21, Penguin Books. In September 1981, after Imlach had another heart attack during training camp, Ballard told the media that Imlach's poor health meant that "he's through as general manager". Learn more about merges. According to Ballard's lawyer, his estate was worth less than $50 million. Titanic, will be the featured speaker at the 2023 CAS Spring Meeting, May 7-10, 2023 in Boston, Massachusetts.. Best known for his 1985 discovery of the Titanic, Ballard has succeeded in tracking down numerous other significant . In 1969, painters doing over the Gardens' television booth used (perhaps unknowingly) a dozen or more of these banners to catch paint drips. Off the ice, the Maple Leafs under Ballard were one of the league's most financially successful teams. All results for Harrold Ballard Edit SearchNew SearchJump to Filters To get better results, add more information such as Birth Info, Death Info and Locationeven a guess will help. By the time Yolanda walked into Harolds life in 1983, she had done jail time for perjury and been married once to a lawyer, then divorced. Not wanting to unnerve Mr. McDermott with the sight of an empty seat where his dad was supposed to be, Mr. Ballard spent the first half of the concert trying in vain to find a lookalike to pass for the senior McDermott. "When you get into the business at age 38, like I did, you're either crazy or you've got a great champion on your side. Mr. Ballard invested in Maple Leaf Gardens when it was built in 1931 and worked there as he worked his way through the organization in various positions. Ballard died from various health complications on April 11, 1990 at the age of 86. They nearly duplicated that dubious achievement in 198788. When the group's manager objected, Mr. Ballard told him the fans would tear down the building with the Beatles in it if they didn't do two shows. Mr. McDermott was a pet project of Mr. Ballard's. Drag images here or select from your computer for Harold Ballard memorial. Harold Ballard, the owner of the Toronto Maple Leafs of the National Hockey League and a man described by his team's fact book as ''one of the most loved and hated men in Canada,'' died yesterday in Toronto. This became clear when the arena was dim for the first game. Although the Leafs were barely competitive for much Ballard's tenure, every game at Maple Leaf Gardens was sold out and he was well known for his charitable activities. Soon, they were a couple. Harold Ballard in California We found 17 records for Harold Ballard in North Highlands, Inglewood and 14 other cities in California. A visitation will be held on Friday, August 7, from 5-7 pm, at Ballard-Sunder Funeral and Cremation, 833 S. Marschall Road, Shakopee. Featured Obituary. Diamond Dreams: 20 Years of Blue Jays Baseball, Stephen Brunt, p.33, Penguin Books. Ballard never forgave the WHA for this, and became the leader of the hardline faction of NHL owners who opposed any merger with the upstart league. In the West, CFL teams had come under significant pressure resulting from the introduction of WHA franchises in the four largest Western markets, therefore Western Football Conference teams were generally supportive of Ballard's efforts to become a CFL owner. Your Scrapbook is currently empty. cemeteries found within kilometers of your location will be saved to your photo volunteer list. DEARBORN, Mo. There were differences of opinion on how good a businessman Harold Ballard was "He couldn't promote the Second Coming with the original cast," cracked Toronto Star columnist Frank Orr but his son's reputation was solid in that respect. Ballard was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada as Edwin Harold Ballard. He first gained attention in the late 1960s on the football gridiron of his alma mater, Waterloo Lutheran (now Wilfrid Laurier University). He often fought with league authorities, his employees, the news media, the fans and his children, often chuckling as he moved from battle to battle. Mr. Ballard never remarried, although he kept close company in recent years with Yolanda Ballard, who changed her name from MacMillan to Ballard in 1987. His parents were Clarence Buchholz and Ruth Preston Buchholz. To make room for more seats, Ballard removed a large portrait of Queen Elizabeth II from the Gardens. Bill Ballard, right, with singer Tom Cochrane and music publicist James Monaco at the opening of the musical Tommy in Toronto in 1995. Resend Activation Email, Please check the I'm not a robot checkbox, If you want to be a Photo Volunteer you must enter a ZIP Code or select your location on the map. Toronto became a laughingstock of the. Mrs. Ballard died suddenly yesterday morning in Wellesley. Harold Ballard, the owner of the Toronto Maple Leafs of the National Hockey League and a man described by his team's fact book as ''one of the most loved and hated men in Canada,'' died. The WHA had insisted on bringing in all three of its surviving Canadian teams, meaning revenue from CBC telecasts now had to be split six ways rather than three. When the Fighting Saints folded, Keon received an offer from the soon-to-be dynasty New York Islanders, but Ballard still owned Keon's NHL rights and effectively blocked that deal, forcing Keon to move to the relatively stable New England Whalers. HAROLD BALLARD OBITUARY Harold G. Ballard, born November 20, 1932 in New Orleans and a resident of the Central Community since 1960, died Sunday July 1, 2018. TAMPICO AREA HISTORICAL SOCIETY - MUSEUM - FAMILY HISTORY LIBRARY/RESEARCH CENTER 119 Main St., P. O. Mr. Finkelstein's True North record label and artist management company was taking off, and so he withdrew from the concert promotion game. BALLARD, JEAN LORENA Jean Lorena Ballard, age 90, passed away Sunday, July 28, 2013 at Rose Haven Assisted Living Center in Menahga, MN. Ballard to Ottawa writer Earl McRae in the 1980s. Ballard's solution was to make the CBC pay for the upgrade. '', See the article in its original context from. In July 1979, Ballard brought his longtime friend, Imlach, back to the organization as general manager. Which memorial do you think is a duplicate of Harold Ballard (10477)? The Marlboros lost the game but won the series and the championship. Ballard ran his $100 million empire, which included the Toronto Maple Leafs, Maple Leaf Gardens, the American Hockey League Newmarket Saints and a printing company, via a holding company, Harold E . He removed the Queen's picture to make room for more seats. However, hostility to Ballard's overture from the Toronto Argonauts (then owned by Ballard's former partner John Bassett) ensured it never went anywhere. To use this feature, use a newer browser. Your suggestions have been submitted and will be reviewed by the memorial manager. All This led to renewed criticism of Ballard's unwillingness to spend what it took to get the Leafs to the next level. Imlach never returned to work and his contract was allowed to expire. She was. He was an 83 year old born in Menifee County to the union of the late Claude and Pearlie Golden White, and member of the Baptist Church. Ballard. In return, he was given an option to buy Maple Leaf Gardens shares from Ballard's estate. But he did more than work for his father. Harold Ballard, 86, Feisty Owner Of Toronto Maple Leafs, Is Dead, https://www.nytimes.com/1990/04/12/obituaries/harold-ballard-86-feisty-owner-of-toronto-maple-leafs-is-dead.html. Luckily, the singer's slightly wounded father made to his seat in time for his spotlight moment. In the Olympic Village, Mr. Ballard stole an Olympic flag and brought it home as a souvenir. It didn't take long for one fish to devour the other, as is their nature. Soon after taking over as majority owner, he forced out several longtime front-office personnel and replaced them with his own men. Add to your scrapbook. As a subscriber, you have 10 gift articles to give each month. Born to Fred and Merleen Steele, David grew up in Pennsylvania and New Mexico. "Look at what he did in that year he and Peter Larsen ran Maple Leaf Gardens," says Michael Cohl, the legendary concert promoter, who with Mr. Ballard and David Wolinsky formed Concert Productions International in 1973. The Leafs barely made the playoffs in 1980, finishing five games below .500. Robert A. Ballard, 82, of Mount Joy and formerly of Landisville, passed away on Thanksgiving, November 24, 2016, at Mary Washington Hospital in Fredericksburg, VA. Robert was the loving husband. Burial Date: March 6, 2023. Newspapers Limited, 8 Spadina Avenue, 10th Floor, Toronto, ON M5V 0S8. Oops, we were unable to send the email. Try again later. In Ballard's last 13 seasons, they only finished above fourth once and won only two playoff series. The Leafs defeated the Red Wings in the final game of the season, and backed into the playoffs when the Stars lost their final game hours later. Ballard was made business manager. "He would eat enough fried calamari for four people, and then order something else.". You may not upload any more photos to this memorial, This photo was not uploaded because this memorial already has 20 photos, This photo was not uploaded because you have already uploaded 5 photos to this memorial, This photo was not uploaded because this memorial already has 30 photos, This photo was not uploaded because you have already uploaded 15 photos to this memorial. Steve Stavro, who would succeed Ballard as Leafs owner 30 years later, was co-owner of the Toronto City team. However, Bassett didn't force Smythe and Ballard to sell their shares, and both men remained on the board. Review. "He was in the shadow of his father and maybe I got more attention, but he was awfully sharp. When she didnt travel with the team, she would arrange for suitable food to be sent to Harolds hotel room, ensuring the diabetic would eat well. ''If there's gold on that ship, it doesn't matter what flag you fly,'' Mr. Smythe said. Individual Ancestors Maternal line Paternal line Descendants Relationship Connections Timeline Family GEDCOM Suggest Expand all | Collapse all Personal Information | Sources | Event Map | All | PDF Reference Your Name Here. Mr. Ballard disputed the accusation, telling her at one point that if he ever did assault her, "there won't be enough left to put in a hot dog.". He trained at OCAD in fine arts. Forward to Family & Friends; Print; Contact Support; Upgrade; Death Certificates; Share This Obituary. After being threatened with a large fine, Ballard "complied" by putting the names in blue letters on the Leafs' blue road jerseys, and in white on their white home jerseys, making them unreadable. Learn about how to make the most of a memorial. referee, angered a fan by accidentally knocking over the man's beer. GREAT NEWS! In 1985-86, they finished with a .356 winning percentage, the fourth-worst record in the league and fourth worst in franchise history. In 1974, when Bassett put the Toronto Argonauts up for sale, Ballard offered to buy the team for $3 million, but his offer was rejected. McKee, Harold Alexander (Reverend) Passed away peacefully at Henley House, St. Catharines, on Monday February 18, 2019 at the age of 86. Mr. Ballard's will may determine his heir and the next owner of the team and building. She was indeed because I personally witnessed it Harolds companion always.. The tour marked the end of Ballard's career as a full-time hockey coach. Facing an untenable situation, Bassett resigned as chairman and sold his shares to Ballard and Stafford Smythe in September 1971. His father had been in the Coast Guard at the time. Ballard booked The Beatles on each of their three North American tours from 19641966. For six years before World War I, Ballard and his family lived in Norristown, Pennsylvania. Harold Ballard. In 1940, he became a member of the Maple Leafs Hockey Team organization, was a senior executive in 1957, became part-owner of the team in 1961 and was majority owner from February 1972 until his death at age 86. A year later, they moved to the Gardens. "His own boat was called Midnight Mischief, and it was aptly named," says John McDermott, the successful Scottish-Canadian tenor. "Any time we were in trouble, and we were in trouble far more often than I'd like to remember, Harold was there for us.". Harold left Yolanda $50,000 a year in his will, but she also wanted a lump sum, part ownership of the family cottage and $12,000 for their dog, TC Puck. 1910 United States Federal Census. I know the family and friends were totally aghast and Oh my god, shes a gold digger but he figured out she could take his s--- and she, as time evolved, became his caregiver.. Shelvie "Jeannie" Workman Ballard, 85, of Newton, passed away on Friday, January 6, 2023 at Carolina Caring in Newton. In regard to spotlights, Mr. Ballard didn't seek them himself. He was also the owner of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League (CFL) for 10 years from 1978 to 1988, winning a Grey Cup championship in 1986. Watson chose not to return the following season, and Ballard took over the coaching duties. he asked. ''Harold is going aboard and get that gold.''. We have set your language to His death set off a feeding frenzy that had already been begun over the iconic properties he controlled: the Toronto Maple Leafs and the building the team played in, Maple Leaf Gardens. He was recognized for this on his citation during his 1977 Hockey Hall of Fame induction.