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Albert William Ball, of Wilmington, beloved husband of Diana, died peacefully in his sleep on Friday, April 24, 2015, at the age of 82.

Albert was born in London, England in 1933 and left school at the age of 14 to work for an insurance company. At 15, he joined the Royal Navy, eventually being one of the few selected to compete before the queen in the elite Royal Tournament Gun Carriage Race.

After leaving the Navy, Albert earned an engineering degree while working nights in a factory so he could establish a career for himself as a manufacturing engineer. In search of better opportunities, he moved his family to the United States in 1967, taking a job in South Carolina designing textile mill equipment. Albert spent most of his career with Ford Motor Company in Dearborn, Michigan as an industrial engineer. He had a long and accomplished career, including working with the European and South American divisions on operational issues.

In addition to his wife Diana, Albert is survived by his four children, Debra, Kevin, Lisa and Gary; 13 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Albert was a loving and supportive husband and parent who genuinely cared for his family and will be greatly missed.

A small family service was held on Sunday, April 26, 2015.

Please leave online condolences for the family at Andrews Mortuary.

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