Joseph Balassone (1919 - 2011)

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BOW - Lt. Col. Joseph Balassone, 92, of Bent Road, died on Monday, June 13, 2011, at his home surrounded by his family.

He was born in Providence, R.I., son of the late Guiseppe and Nazarena (LaVella) Balassone. He was a graduate of Central High School in Providence, and the Rhode Island College of Pharmacy.

In 1942 Joseph joined the Marines and served during World War II in the Solomon Islands. He was discharged in 1945 but recalled in 1950 to serve in the Korean War. As part of the 155 2nd Battalion he and his unit were involved in starting the Toys for Tots drive in Rhode Island. After he was discharged again in 1952, he continued his military career in the New Hampshire National Guard Reserves. He retired from the National Guard as a lieutenant colonel.

Joseph was a faithful navigator of the Knights of Columbus. He was an avid tennis player and former member of the Bow Tennis Club. He was an expert sharpshooter in the Marines. He served on the school board at Bishop Brady High School for six years. He was an avid Red Sox fan, as well as vegetable gardener, bridge player and Celtics fan.

He is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Margaret Mary (Carr) Balassone of Bow; son, Joseph Balassone III of Sutton; two daughters, Dr. Meg Balassone and her husband, Dr. John W. Mills of Saranac Lake, N.Y., and Jo-An Balassone-Fowler and her husband Gary of Gilford; eight Grandchildren, four great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his brothers Mike, Jimmy, Mandy, Charlie and Guy; and one great-granddaughter.

Visiting hours will be held on Thursday, June 16, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Waters Funeral Home, 50 S. Main St., Concord.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday at 10 a.m. at St. Peter's Church, 135 N. State St., Concord.

Burial will be held on Monday, June 20, in the New Hampshire Veterans Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Carmelite Monastery, 275 Pleasant St., Concord 03301; or CRVNA Hospice, 30 Pillsbury St., Concord 03301; or to St. Jude Children's Hospital, 501 St Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
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Published in The Concord Monitor from June 15 to June 16, 2011
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