Bishop David Ball, 90, who led the Episcopal Diocese of Albany for 14 years and who was devoted to preserving the historic Cathedral of All Saints, died Tuesday afternoon in his room at the Loudonville Assisted Living Residence, where he had welcomed dozens of friends in recent days as they came to say their goodbyes to a beloved native son and spiritual beacon.
He had been receiving hospice care for a few weeks as his health declined.
"He passed peacefully," said Marlene Elacqua, Ball's retired administrative assistant. "I always called him a shepherd who watched out for his flock. He was beloved by people wherever he went."
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