Obituary: Rev. Harvey James Ballance
The Rev. Harvey James Ballance died at home in Montclair on June 23. He was 89.
Father Harvey was born in Orange on April 6, 1931, to Harvey J. Ballance Sr. and Mary J. (Fitzgerald) Ballance. He attended Immaculate Conception High School in Montclair and Seton Hall College. He then attended Darlington Seminary in Mahwah. He was ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of Newark on May 25, 1957, by Archbishop Thomas Boland.
Father Harvey served at numerous parishes in New Jersey, including Most Blessed Sacrament, Roseland, Queen of Peace, North Arlington, Sacred Heart, Haworth, and St. Mary’s, Jersey City. The last parish he served was St. James in Newark.
He also served two missionary tours with the Diocese of San Isidro in Tigre, Argentina, from 1966 to 1979 and again from 1997 to 2002. While there he helped establish both a school and a church.
Father Harvey was a chaplain in the Knights of Columbus from 1991 to 1997 and from 2015 to his passing. After his retirement on May 1, 2001, he had several assignments with Catholic Relief Services. He also served as the director for the Permanent Diaconate Program in Spanish for the archdiocese.
Fluent in three languages, Father Harvey was also a self-taught jazz pianist and trombone player.
Father Harvey is survived by his brothers, John Sr. (Eileen) and Peter; his nephews, Brian (Barbara) and John Jr. (Andrea); his nieces, Mary Elizabeth (David) and Susan Neilson; 10 great-nieces and nephews and one great-great-niece. He is also survived by his cousins, Susan Dowd, Nancy (Gregg) Burke and Anne (Henry) Butow.