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John J. "Jack" Baltas

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MERIDEN - John "Jack" J. Baltas, 70, died Sunday, April 22, 2012 at Leominster Hospital in Leominster, Mass. He was the son of the late Anne Prisco.

Jack was born on Aug. 25, 1941, in Meriden. Known to his friends as "Cadillac Jack", he was a longtime resident of Meriden and attended local schools. Jack's true passion in life was his love of motorcycles and his motorcycle club. He was the founder of the East Coast Diablo's MC and also the Clubs Past National President. Jack also enjoyed spending time at the shore in Westbrook and Milford. He was "one of a kind", a man who cared about his neighbors and who was always a reliable friend.

He is survived by his children, John Baltas Jr., and his wife, Cheryl, of Yucaipa, Calif., Damon Baltas-St. John and his wife, Kim, of Northford, Shane Baltas, of Meriden, Jackie Medellin and her husband, Matthew, of San Antonio, Texas, Heather Gish and her husband, Scott, of Kensington, Joe Baltas, of Meriden, Nadeine Baltas, of Meriden; his sister, Kathy Schwartz; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Jack was predeceased by his daughter, Kim Foglio; and a sister, Joanne DeMarco-Thorpe.

Family and friends are invited to pay their respects on Wednesday, April 25, at the Smith-Ruzzo Funeral Home, 450 Broad St., Meriden from 3 until 9 p.m. A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. from the Smith-Ruzzo Funeral Home when the funeral cortege will proceed to Walnut Grove Cemetery for a 10:30 a.m. burial. To send an online expression of sympathy please visit
Published in The Record-Journal on Apr. 24, 2012
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