MASHPEE, MA — Barry B. Balan, 79, passed away peacefully on Sunday, December 6th, 2020 in his home in Mashpee, MA surrounded by his loved ones. Barry was born June 7th, 1941 in Chelsea, MA to Rebecca and Irving Balan. Barry graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a Master’s degree in Zoology in 1965. He married Lynne Albertson on June 26th, 1966 in Lawrence MA. Barry worked for Harvard Primate Research Center starting in 1967 and contributed to the research of Reese’s Monkeys. Barry was also a dedicated Science teacher for Chelsea High School. For over 49 years he was employed by Pacific Packaging of Wilmington MA.
Barry is survived by the love of his life, his wife Lynne and his cherished children; Jennifer, David and Joseph and daughter-in- laws Nina Balan & Karen Balan. His endearing grandchildren: Hunter, Hayley, Sofia, Ava, Adelyn, Jayden and Fiona. He is also survived by his two sisters; Arline of Del Rey Beach FL and Elinore of Marietta, GA. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins and close friends.
In addition to his deep commitment and love for his family, Barry also lived a life with many passions and contributions to his community. One of Barry’s greatest joys was spending countless hours watching his grandchildren succeed in athletics whether on the ice or on the field. He was chairman of the board for GoodWill of Merrimack Valley for many years. He was an influential part of the Sewer Commission of Chelmsford for 25 years and, for the last four years of his tenure, served as Chairman of the Board. He was President for many years of the Windward Home as well as President of The Great Harbors Association.
Barry continued his leadership on Cape Cod as President of the Falmouth Jewish congregation for four years. He loved cooking with Lynne in the kitchen making special fudge brownies which he made for the Brotherhood of the Falmouth Jewish Congregation. Barry had a passion for politics and was never shy about letting his opinion be known. Barry always made time to be supportive, kind and helpful. He had a big heart and was not one to be judgmental or critical. He always was very accepting of everyone. He was a great listener and had an endless amount of knowledge and advice.
His passion for his children, his grandchildren, his relatives, his community, his temple congregation and friends will continue to live on in our most loving gestures that honor his memory. Though his physical body has passed, Barry’s spirit has transitioned into the heaven of the hearts of all those close to him, for this is where his spirit shall dwell and soar, evermore.
Private services will be held.
A shiva observance will take place via Zoom Wednesday December 9th and Thursday December 10th. Zoom details are found below
A celebration of Barry’s life will be observed post-Covid.
In lieu of flowers, we ask that you please make a donation to the Glioblastoma Foundation @ glioblastomafoundation.orgor at Glioblastoma Foundation, PO BOX 62066, Durham NC 27715
Dec. 9th and Dec. 10th at 7:00 PM Eastern Time
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