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Date of Passing: Mar 27, 2016

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MICHAEL LLOYD BALITSKY Michael Balitsky, 90, of Brandon, Manitoba, passed away Easter Sunday, March 27, 2016. He is survived by Diana, his loving wife of 50 years; sons, Mark and David; nephews, Al and Larry; nieces, Elsie, Shirley, Angie and many more. Born September 21, 1925 at Stead, Manitoba, where his parents Anton and Mary immigrated to the farm from Poland circa 1907. He was the youngest of nine, having three brothers and five sisters, all now deceased. Passionate about people, he began his teaching career by 1947 in one room school houses for small towns like Beaconia, Stony Point, Lyleton and Libau. In 1959, he moved and taught in CFB Shilo, where he retired in 1988. Bro. Mike was a proud 4th Degree member of the Knights of Columbus for 52 years. He enjoyed some 20 years square dancing with the Shilo Prairie Schooners since 1969. Always involved with his two sons, he volunteered his time as a leader with Scouts Canada, mentoring his boys and others through Beavers, Cubs, and Scouts. Michael had a great love of gardening, walking the family dog, feeding and watching the birds, and playing cards. He will be missed. A special thank you to palliative care at Brandon General and Prairie Mountain Health for making his final days as comfortable as possible. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Augustine's Church, 327 4th Street, Brandon, on Saturday, April 9, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. with Celebrant, Rev. Fr. Patrick Neufeld. A reception will follow at St. Augustine's Square. Donations in memory of Michael may be made to a charity of choice. Expressions of sympathy may be made at Arrangements with Memories Chapel, Brandon 1-855-727-0330
Publish Date: Apr 2, 2016

MICHAEL LLOYD BALITSKY 1925 - 2016 Husband of Diana, father of Mark and David, passed away suddenly early Easter Sunday morning, March 27, 2016, in Brandon, at the age of 90 plus years. After a lengthy battle with cancer, he is free of pain and in the arms of the Lord Jesus. Cremation will take place. A Celebration of Life will take place at a later date. Complete obituary and announcement of details will follow. Expressions of sympathy may be made at Arrangements with Memories Chapel, Brandon 1-855-727-0330.
Publish Date: Mar 29, 2016

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Apr 02, 2016

Condolences & Memories (4 entries)

  • My Uncle Michael, The last of my mother's immediate family, was someone I heard a lot of good things about while growing up. My Mother loved her Brother as with all of her family and even though being separated by many miles and many years did the best she could to stay close. Family was a major part of my Mothers life and I'm sure she Has her younger brother in her arms, God bless them both. - Posted by: Dennis Griston (Nephew) on: Apr 05, 2016

  • I remember michael when we were just teenagers. I remember how he would playfully tease me when i seen him, always lightened my day especilly when i was outside doin chores. I remember him always working hard on their farm and i knew he was going to be someone special. My condolences to all his friends and family. - Posted by: Lena Reimann (anderson) (Childhood friend) on: Apr 05, 2016

  • Diana, Mark and David I am so very sorry for your loss. Michael Balltsky was one of two of the great influencers in my life along with my grandmother. Although he only taught me grade 1 and 2, he lived with my grandmother while teaching in Beaconia so we got to spend a lot of time together. He taught me to read before I went to school, he allowed a fellow student Adele Thomas and myself to complete Grade 1 and 2 in the same year and let us know repeatedly how smart we were. A true confidence builder. Learning to read allowed me to read the newspaper to my immigrant grandfather at a very young age which allowed me to spend a lot of time with him. I didn't know what I was reading but he was impressed. I am travelling to Winnipeg from BC in May and I had planned to visit him after all these years. I am so sorry that I won't see him but relieved that he is free of pain and living with our Lord. I will always fondly remember your husband and father a most amazing man. Paulette (Tomchuk) Marsollier - Posted by: Paulette (Tomchuk) Marsollier (Cousin/Student) on: Mar 30, 2016

  • Dear Diana, Mark and David, I am so sorry for your loss. I remember so many good times living next door to you and babysitting the boys. I still think of you often. He will be sadly missed and my heart goes out to you at this time. Always in my heart. Dana xx - Posted by: Dana and Dana Akey (friend) on: Mar 30, 2016

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