Michael Balbach Obituary
 
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Michael Balbach

October 7, 1934 - March 13, 2014
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Michael J. Balbach, 79, passed away Thursday 13 March 2014 at home in Richmond, VA. Born 7 October 1934 in Newark, N.J., he was raised in Down Neck Newark. Mickey attended St. Benedict's Grammar School and East Side High School where he played baseball and was co-captain of the swim team. He served in the Korean Conflict as a corporal in the US Army. A tool and die maker by trade, he moved to New Providence, NJ in 1960 where, among other projects, he worked on parts for the US Space Program for Bell Labs. Foreswearing the snow and in search of the perfect dive spot, on January 1st 1968 he and his family moved to St. Croix,...
Michael J. Balbach, 79, passed away Thursday 13 March 2014 at home in Richmond, VA.
Born 7 October 1934 in Newark, N.J., he was raised in Down Neck Newark. Mickey attended
St. Benedict's Grammar School and East Side High School where he played baseball and was
co-captain of the swim team. He served in the Korean Conflict as a corporal in the US Army.
A tool and die maker by trade, he moved to New Providence, NJ in 1960 where,
among other projects, he worked on parts for the US Space Program for Bell Labs.
Foreswearing the snow and in search of the perfect dive spot, on January 1st 1968 he and his
family moved to St. Croix, US Virgin Islands. Mickey managed a watch making company,
then a pantyhose manufacturing plant enabling him to tell people he "went from watches to
crotches". He then managed Gannett Corp. hardware store and construction company for
many years, as well as owning the Suds n Duds laundry.
Mickey was an enthusiastic diver and sailor, helming the St. Croix Dive Club and serving as
Commodore of the St. Croix Yacht Club. He holds the dubious distinction of taking two days
to complete the around the island race- completed in hours by most other sailors! He also was
a gifted tenor and actor, performing in numerous productions at Island Center, Botanical
Gardens, and other theaters on St. Croix. Later, when he moved to Hartwell, Ga to manage the
Hartwell Training Center factory, he also performed at the Hartwell Playhouse. Retiring to
Zephyrhills, FL, he wrote as well as performed in numerous productions at the Southport
Springs Clubhouse.
He was predeceased by his beloved son Mark John. In Richmond he leaves behind his wife
of 59 years, Mary Ann, daughter Mary Ann, her husband Jeff Markunas and their
children Christopher (Morgan Montgomery) , Katie, and Nicholas ; In NJ, son
Michael (Joyce) and his children Jennifer, Louie, Mark , and in NC, Michael.
There will be no services, but any time you get a chance to catch a few rays of
sunshine, enjoy the warmth, and be sure to think of Mickey quoting his favorite
saying, "It's not easy being me!"

Arrangements under the direction of Woody Funeral Home Huguenot Chapel, Midlothian, VA.

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