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A lifetime spent painting on Cape Ann

ROCKPORT — Oliver Balf lived an interesting life.

The son of Russian Jewish immigrants, he served in the Navy at the end of World War II; played cornet and hung out in jazz clubs; illustrated fashion and other ads for The Boston Globe; helped found and taught at what is now Montserrat College of Art in Beverly; illustrated children’s books; and worked with Parker Brothers in toy and game design.

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