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BALCOMB, John William
Of Currimundi, passed away on
Sunday 8th December 2013.
Aged 65 Years
Dearly loved Husband of Ricki. Much loved Father & Father-in-law of Denise & David, Vanessa, Michelle. Cherished Grandad to Ryan and Jessica.
Family and Friends are invited to celebrate John's life at Gregson & Weight Chapel, 5 Gregson Place, Caloundra on Tuesday 17th December 2013, commencing at 1.00pm.

This obituary was originally published in the Sunshine Coast Daily.

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Published in Sunshine Coast Daily on Dec. 11, 2013.
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January 21, 2014
As a Navy Communicator I had the great good fortune to serve with John and to have shared his wonderful sense of humour and exceptional professionalism. This is a sad day for the Navy Communications Branch as well as his family. In a sense, Navy was part of his family. Thanks for everything John.
Bill Lord
January 11, 2014
To Ricky and family and sister Dianne. I remember growing up with John as kids. Always had a lot of fun with you John your sister Dianne and brother Martin. Our parents were best friends. You were always so handsome. Sorry to hear you are no longer with us. From Dorothy Griggs (nee Gray)
Dorothy Griggs
December 24, 2013
On behalf of the US Military friends of John Balcomb we offer our sincere condolences to the entire Balcomb family. JB had an opportunity to share his life with many of the US Airmen, Sailors, Soldiers, and Marines over the course of his career. Each one of us will never forget the wisdom, spirit, and determination he passed on to us.

To our fellow shipmate and sailor of the sea. Rest in peace JB.

Lonny Behar
US Navy
Lonny Behar
December 19, 2013
My heart goes out to you and your family, Rikki. I met John in 2008 during a military planning exercise, and will never forget his wisdom and many shared laughs about IM/KM issues the past five years. He will be sorely missed by all of us in the US Pacific area comms community. R.I.P., CMDR Balcomb.
Arlana DeLeo
December 19, 2013
Remember John as I was young OrdCO back in 1971 at communications school where he was a great instructor. He was a great bloke and instructor way back then. R.I.P John
Phil Swain
December 18, 2013
Ricki and Family, John will be Greatly and Dearly missed my all, sorry I could not make it to his day. Only just found out, He was and still a great inspiration to me. I will miss him, my thoughts are with you all.
Tony Pincott
December 18, 2013
John took over Perth from Gordon Paris as CPORS and at the time I was LSRO trying to make PO Both Gordon and John were wonderful mentors, but operated very differently. John loved being hands on in the Radcen and couldn't resist playing with the gear. Adrian Cummins was the skipper and tested everyone to the max. John was a terrific bloke, hard boss but very fair. I have very good memories of our working together...John Farrell
John Farrell
December 17, 2013
I had the pleasure of working with John twice during our careers. He was always the consumate professional and loved his craft. John was a good friend and mentor to me and we enjoyed a few drinks together. I was very saddened to hear of his passing. JB was an inspiration to the comms community and will be greatly missed.
My condolences to Ricki and family
Chris Moody
Chris Moody
December 16, 2013
Having known John since we were both OCOs, I have fond memories of those years growing up and enjoying life. It is when someone passes that you tend to think of all those good times you had together, and I know that during this pase week or more that I have thought about what we did together and as a result appreciate even more having known and worked with John. May he rest in peace.
Pedro Franklin
December 15, 2013
R.I.P Boss, John you were a great man and it was an honour to have worked with you at Harman. You always watched over me and i will never forget you. Condolences to the Family..Calm Waters Mate..
Steve Cleeman
December 15, 2013
A great bloke now at peace. It was my privilege to have John as my RS at Navcomsta Darwin in the late 70's. On his watch I as an RO and not just an ROT! My sincere condolences to Ricki and family.
Meg Haensel-Fuss
December 15, 2013
A good man, a good friend, JB you will be missed
Glenn Stanley
December 15, 2013
A sad, sad passing. I knew John through Navy for over 30 years and he was always the most consummate professional, a true master of his trade and a friend, mentor and adviser to all - as well as being a gentleman in every sense of the word. Vale John, it was an honour knowing and working with you.
Roger Boyce
December 14, 2013
John you taught me well and always had a mission to ensure communications was never lost. Ricky and family my thoughts are with you all. May JB RIP. AR
Harold O'Hare
December 14, 2013
Another good Sparker crosses the bar. JB you will not be forgotten. RIP mate.

Condolences to Ricki and family.
Jim Quick
December 14, 2013
My sincere condolences to John's family. An outstanding man gone to young. RIP
Terry O'Connor
December 14, 2013
Very sad news. I had the pleasure of working with John on a few occasions. Very good at work - and also the beers afterwards. Fond memories of Darwin in the late 70s - winning the Coonawarra cup and many other social memories. Sincere condolences to Ricky and the family. Rosco Tanner
December 13, 2013
To my cherished Dad.We still don't feel like it is real that you are not here with us.Thank you for the wonderful memories ,the joy and the wisdom you brought to our lives.You will never be forgotten in our hearts and we miss you.Rest peacefully dad xx.Michelle
December 13, 2013
it was a pleasure knowing you John through the 80's at Harman, You were always there for us Greenies when we needed some advice and to have a beer with down the mess, safe sailing and my sympathy to your family.
Dave ( Nosey ) Parker
December 13, 2013
A genuinely good bloke and a legend of the communications branch.
Mark Blake
December 13, 2013
My thoughts go out to JB's family, a great guy gone to soon .. Fair Seas John.
David Roulston
December 12, 2013
RIP Old Warrior, friend and mentor to many. A privilege to have known and served with you. My thoughts are with Johns family. Michael Doncaster
December 12, 2013
The Naval communicator family have lost a master of the craft and an exemplary leader; the Balcomb family have lost a whole lot more. We all hold John dear in our memory.
Safe passage mate.
Rod Beckinsale
December 12, 2013
RIP JB - JR1 to me JR2, our paths crossed on numerous occasions over a long period of time. I will miss my running partner.
Chris Gallagher
December 12, 2013
Saddened to hear of John's passing. As has already been said, John was a top bloke, a gentleman, a true professional and a caring individual who was an inspiration to many young communicators. RIP John. Condolences to his family.
Mick Eccles
December 12, 2013
RIP John and calm seas
Gary Johnson
December 11, 2013
To Ricki and the girls..
l only spoke to you a few weeks ago.
I'll miss watching John run pass my house. He was a pure gentleman and will be missed by many. My thoughts are with you.
Sue Stanley
December 11, 2013
Dear Ricki 7 Girls
John was an inspiration to me as a young communicator. When we again crossed paths as commissioned officers, his advice and guidance was always welcomed. I am glad I got to see him the day before his passing. May he rest in peace. Frank Aldred
December 11, 2013
Very saddened by the news on JB. He was an icon whose memory will long live on. Too soon, John Boy. Heartfelt best wishes to all his family.
Stumpy Broadsmith
December 11, 2013
Our thoughts are with the family and friends. May he rest peacefully.
Suzi and Rohan Jennings
December 11, 2013
A gentlemen gone to soon
Tony Perkins
December 11, 2013
Known you for a long time and so sad to hear you have left us, however the Main Wireless Office in Heaven will be well manned now. Condolences to your wife Ricky and family regards Laurie Jones (Spike)
Laurie Jones
December 11, 2013
Very sad news.
To Ricki and family thoughts and prayers are with you. JB was admired and respected by all who he met. He made them feel the same. Even us greenies. X
Angela and David Ballard
December 11, 2013
Happier days, Doug, John & Bob
A Navy man through & through, John strived hard throughout his career achieving most of the goals he set himself.
A credit to the Communications Branch & to the Navy in general.
A good friend & shipmate, our thoughts go out to Ricki & Family at this sad time.
Bob & Judy
Bob Cody
December 11, 2013
Happier days, Doug. John & Bob
Bob Cody
December 11, 2013
I was saddened to hear of John's passing. Ricki and family, our thoughts are with you during this sad time. He was the ultimate professional, a credit to the service and a mentor to so many. John deserved a long and happy retirement with family and friends close by. RIP John
Ted Sheather
December 11, 2013
Farewell Shipmate. You will be missed.
Andrew Rourke
December 11, 2013
A squad Mate and a good Bloke. Taken too early. Our thoughts are with John's family
Frank & Evelyn Hoy
December 11, 2013
John and I had worked on a number of exercise planning in the last 16 years. He was the consummate professional and always the true professional. John was never one to shy away from a problem and would always inject his opinion when it mattered the most. He will be truly missed by all that had contact and working relationships with him over the years.
Thomas Ross
December 11, 2013
My sincere condolences to Ricki and family with the loss of John. He was a truly good man and I fondly remember my posting to NAVCOMMSTA DARWIN when he was the OIC. RIP John Balcomb.
Ross Bagnall
December 11, 2013
John was one of lifes real gentlemen. Im sure here will be sadly missed by his family and anybody that came in contact with him. A hard working and very fair leader.
RIP old friend
John White
December 11, 2013

Thank you for memories. You have left a huge footprint in our lives and will be remembered as a good friend, a dedicated Naval Communicator and a loving family man. I'm still coming to grips with having a chat with you last week only days before your passing. Goodbye my friend.

My sincere condolences to Rikki and all family members.
Wayne Roots
December 11, 2013
John was an inspiration to everyone who ever served with him, and he always showed a genuine interest in getting to know his staff.
He has left an amazing legacy to the Communications Branch and will be sorely missed - RIP John
Andy Dennis
December 11, 2013
Remember you as just a great bloke when we worked in Moreton.
Lofty and Terri Lane.
December 11, 2013
It was a long time ago, however, I do remember John during my time in the Navy.
My thoughts are with John's family.
Elena D'Addario
December 11, 2013
I served with John at HMAS Harman and Fleet HQs in Sydney. He never forgot where he had come from. He was the salt of the earth and a wonderful man. He will be missed greatly. A mate from my time in the Navy with whom I have fond memories.
Lindsay Lake
December 11, 2013
Your great contribution to the Communications fraternity will not be forgotten. Rest in Peace mate.
Alan Ashman
December 10, 2013
John was awarded an OAM in 1984 for service to the Communications Branch. He then went on to bigger and better things and gave the RAN the best years of his life. He will be remembered by those who had the pleasure of serving with him. I am saddened by his passing but buoyed by the tributes I have read. May he RIP.
John Curbishley
December 10, 2013
Our thoughts go out to Johns family, a great guy gone to soon .. Fair Winds John.
Mick and Kerry Burton
December 10, 2013
Always admired and respected by his shipmates for his professionalism at work. Good company away from work. Another who has left us too young. RIP. Andy and Barb
Andy Horsburgh
December 10, 2013
John a great bloke! What can you say but a inspiration. John loved work, you could tell when he was on leave because he was at work in his Civies!

John our thoughts are with your family in this time of grief.

Paul Feighan
December 10, 2013
Thoughts and prayers with JBs family and friends, a gentleman for sure. He will be missed.
Peter Antcliff
December 10, 2013
A true, respected professional and a gentleman in every sense. I valued the opportunity to work with him and his loss will be deeply felt by many. My condolences to the family. He will be remembered.
Murray Smith
December 10, 2013
A great bloke who will be missed by a lot of people. Fellas like JB are never forgotten, my thoughts are with family.
John (Bill) Blinkhorn
December 10, 2013
John was an inspiration to all that have had the pleasure to work with him. He was a pillar of the communications community throughout my career will sadly missed. My deepest sympathy to his family, he will be forever remembered.
Narelle Rosser
December 10, 2013
Sad news. John was a great guy, great communicator and a credit to his profession. He will be sadly missed. Rod and Jan Withers
Rod Withers
December 10, 2013
Truly a great man. John, always a source of inspiration and support.
Steve Dummett
December 10, 2013
Our thoughts are with John's family at this time. John was always one step ahead and inspired those around him all the way. He will be missed by his huge navy family.
Mark Bryant
December 10, 2013
On this very sad occasion we offer our sincerest condolences to Ricki and family. Next year, we would have celebrated 50 years since we both joined the Navy. A great mate who will be sadly missed. RIP Doug & Barb Conn
Doug Conn
December 10, 2013
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
Steve & Corryn Kerle
December 10, 2013
We're saddened to hear of the Crossing of the Bar of John Balcomb. He was a very popular communicator and well liked by many. We would like to express our deep sympathy to John's family for their loss and to let them know that we are thinking of them during this difficult period. Lest we Forget
John & Ann Pummell
December 10, 2013
I only run into John mid year at Canberra Airport as we were both about to fly home for the weekend. Like always, he was cheerful, friendly and reminded me we need to catch up over a cold one and talk about the good old days and what we have been up too. I'm shocked and very disappointed I won't now have that opportunity. I have a lot of respect for John, proud of him and his achievements and will always be his friend. He represented the RAN's Communications Branch as a professional with pride and zest. Rest in Peace John.
Kev Slavin
December 10, 2013
John, a lovely man and one of natures true gentlemen. It has been a pleasure to know and work with you. Lorna and Paul
Lorna Jewell
December 10, 2013
Forever remembered by Family and Friends too soon a Good Man Leaves Us
Frederick Goddard
December 10, 2013
John was an inspiration to all those that served alongside him and to all those that knew him. His legacy to the Communications Branch is enduring.
Graeme White
December 10, 2013
Wonderful person - we will all miss you!
Robin Liebe
December 10, 2013
John was one of natures true gentleman, and was a memorable shipmate, was a pleasure knowing and serving with him, thanks John..RIP
Keith Bullock
December 10, 2013
Dear Ricki and Family,

It was a great to have worked, socialised and known John, greatly respected and liked in a equal amount RIP mate.
John and Robyn Kenna
December 10, 2013
So sad to hear of John's passing, he was a great mentor to myself very early in my Naval career. RIP
Mark Lavis
December 10, 2013
The term "a great bloke" is probably overused in our culture, but in this case fits John Balcomb well. No matter how you knew John, you were the richer for it. Rest in peace mate, your watch is done. We will all miss you. Much love, Jeff and Tracy Milward.
Jeff Milward
December 10, 2013
Our sincerest condolences to the Balcomb family. We worked with John during many combined exercises with the U.S. Navy. He was the ultimate professional and a great shipmate. He will be missed. Fair winds and following seas from the staff at Commander U.S. Pacific Fleet Pearl Harbor HI.
Robert Stephenson
December 10, 2013
Dear Ricki and family,
John (JB) was a truly inspirational person who was a leader in the Royal Australian Navy Communications branch. The leadership and mentoring that he provided to many a communicator is still reflected across the branch today. John it was an honour to work and serve with you and the wisdom and courage you provided me will live on in me. Vale JB.
Love andy and Julie
Andy Kirkpatrick
December 10, 2013
To my wonderful husband and father to his loving girls and the grand child who adored him rest in peace my love
Ricki Balcomb
December 10, 2013
A mentor and friend that will sorely missed by in peace good and faithful friend..
All our love to Ricki and family
Love Pete, Bern and family
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