Obituaries: Robert G. Ball


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Robert G. Ball, 47, of Clifton, N.J., passed away Thursday, June 10, 2010. Funeral services are on Monday at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of the Lake R.C. Church, 32 Lakeside Ave., Verona. Visitation is on Sunday from 3 to 7 p.m. at Our Lady of the Lake R.C. Church. Services are under the direction of Shook’s Cedar Grove Funeral Home.

Bobby was born in Orange, N.J., and lived in West Orange, N.J., and Verona, N.J., settling in Clifton 15 years ago. He began his football career in Verona, influenced by Al Rotella and treasured Al Rotella’s quote, which is, “To keep the main thing, the main thing!” He then went on to play college football at Lees-McRae College in Banner Elk, N.C., and continued on to Kent State University in Kent, Ohio. His career culminated with his playing on the NFL Cleveland Browns and the NJ Generals.

After his football career, he went on to become the true definition of an entrepreneur. Bobby had many unique ventures in sales and marketing and was instrumental in the development of barcoding for Fleet Vehicle Tires. He was an active member of the NY/NJ Chapter of the Retired NFL Players Association, donated his time to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, and spent quality time with residents at the veterans’ home in Paramus. Most importantly, out of all his accomplishments, Bobby was known for his magnetic personality and kindness, attracting sincere friendships from all over the world, literally! To all who knew and loved him, they believed that God truly broke the mold when Bobby Ball was born!

Surviving are his parents, Nancy Matturri Schmid and her husband, Hans, and Robert S. Ball; his devoted fiancee, Monica Chamberlain “Ball”; siblings, Lori Ball and her son, Nick Potok, Barry Schmid and his fiancee, Jill Lombardi, Debi Pizzuti and her fiance, Jim Ubhaus, Michelle Rutha and her husband, Andrew, Laura Moscaritola and her husband, Anthony, and Hans W. Schmid and his wife, Sandra; also surviving are his beloved aunt, Theresa Silvestri (wife of his late uncle Rocky), many nieces, nephews, cousins, especially, Peter and Nanci Silvestri, and extended family members. He will be sadly missed by his cherished cat, Aspen.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his memory to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, 785 Springfield Avenue, Summit, N.J. 07901 or the State of N.J. Veterans Memorial Home, 1 Veterans Way, Paramus, N.J. 07625.

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Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citrano grew up in Verona. She moved away to write and edit for The Wall Street Journal’s European edition, Institutional Investor, Crain’s New York Business and Since returning to Verona, she has volunteered for school, civic and religious groups, served nine years on the Verona Environmental Commission and is now part of Sustainable Verona. She co-founded MyVeronaNJ in 2009. You can reach Virginia at [email protected].


  1. Bobby Ball, was a very special person, aside from his achievements he was the kind of person every body loves and hi was the one person i could never forget i loved him very mutch❤️🌟✨
    I lost contact with him and his family that i loved so much
    I love to be able to talk to Nancy his mother since i didn’t know that he passed away , Bobby will always be with all of us ❤️


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