Kenneth A. Balducci, a lifelong Quincy resident and former restaurateur, died in the early morning hours of Oct. 25, 2012, following complications from a stroke. The former football player and Korean War veteran was 79 years old. Born in Quincy, Kenneth was the son of the late John and Helen (Conroy) Balducci. He played football in high school and college, graduating from Quincy High School in 1951 and earning a degree in accounting in 1959 from American International College, in Springfield. He later played semi-pro football and was inducted into Quincy Highs Football Hall of Fame in 1987. Mr. Balducci began his career in foodservice running the concession stand at the former Lincoln Lanes in Quincy Point. With his longtime friend Dick Mirra, he owned the former Big Daddys. In 1964, Ken established Balduccis Pizza & Subs in North Quincy, which he owned and operated; building it into a much-loved neighborhood institution by the time he retired in 1992. Even in retirement, Ken continued to love working with people, keeping busy as a bartender at the Adams Inn and the Cyril P. Morrisette Post 294 of the American Legion, where he was also a longtime member. He was also a member of the Elks Lodge, Quincy, and former member of the Sons of Italy. He was the loving companion of Rose Fougere of Quincy; and the devoted father of Joel Balducci and his wife Ann of Hanover, and Brandon Balducci and his fiancee Britany King of Quincy; cherished grandfather of Bella and Kellan Balducci of Hanover; dear brother of Theodore Balducci of Quincy, and the late Noel Balducci and Judith Balducci. His funeral, to which relatives and friends are cordially invited, will be held Monday, Oct. 29, at 9 a.m. from the Hamel, Wickens & Troupe Funeral Home, 26 Adams St., Quincy Center, followed by a funeral Mass at 10 a.m. in St. Anns Church, 757 Hancock St., Wollaston. Interment will be privately held at a later date. Visiting hours are Sunday from 4-8 p.m. at the funeral home.
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Published in The Patriot Ledger on Oct. 27, 2012