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John Byron Daball

June 23, 1926 ~ September 3, 2019 (age 93)


Jack passed away on Tuesday, September 3, 2019. He was born in Parry Sound, Ontario, Canada on June 23, 1926. He moved with his parent’s right after birth to the United States and attended several schools in Detroit and Toledo. He returned to Canada in 1937. He lived in Depot Harbor, a town on Parry Island which was a Indian reservation. He graduated from Parry Sound High School in 1945 then went to the University of Michigan graduating in 1949 with a degree in English and History. He returned to Canada and worked for several years at the Daily Racing Forum in Toronto, Ontario. In 1955 Jack returned to the U of M graduating with a Masters in Library Science in 1956. Joining the Jackson District Library soon after graduation, he retired from there after 30 years. In 1962 Jack proudly became an American Citizen.

Jack was preceded in death by his wife, Shirley (Mack) Daball. He leaves behind his son Mike (Barbara) Holda; grandchildren Ryan and Amanda Holda; daughter, Linda Holda Britt niece, Mary Anne (Patrick) Dymond; nephews, John (Diane) Turriff and Matthew (Karen) Turriff; great nephew, Jay (Raquel) Truchan, as well as other great (and great-great) nieces and nephews. Jack also leaves behind his first and last love, Eleanor Campbell Daly. Left to cherish his memories are many great friends including, Larry. Arnie, and Mike- the U of M football pals, Larry (Rose) Mack, Tom Campbell, Barbara (Dennis) Decker, JoAnn Walter, Nora Weber, George Jennings, Connie Angel, Nancy Watkins, friends from the Jackson District Library, the DeBiasi family, the Butchart family, Jim Zuleski family, and the Natter family, as well as the Cutty Sark Barber Shop, just to name a few.

According to Jack’s wishes, cremation has taken place and he has requested no memorial service. To honor Jack’s memory, contributions may be made to John B. Daball Endowment Fund for the Museum of Natural History, 1109 Geddes Ave., Ann Arbor, MI 48109 or to the U of M School of Information.

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According to her wishes, cremation has taken place and no service will be held.


John B. Daball Endowment Fund for the Museum of Natural History
1109 Geddes Avenue, Ann Arbor MI 48109

University of Michigan School of Information
105 S. State Street, Ann Arbor MI 48109

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