Francis Peter Balas of Pocasset and Sarasota, Florida, who was an active member and past president of the Cape Cod Curling Club, died November 14. He was 79.
He was the husband of Martha (Collins) Balas, to whom he was married for 54 years.
Born and raised in Lowell, he was the son of Stanley Balas and Mary O’Hagan Balas.
Mr. Balas had a career as an attorney and practiced law in the Merrimack Valley, where he also was an active volunteer in the community. In 1992 he was named the City of Lowell Man of the Year, an honor that celebrated his decades of volunteer work as chairman and past president of the Greater Lowell YMCA.
At the Cape Cod Curling Club in Falmouth, Mr. Balas was known for his loud curling attire; he sported colorful curling pants before they were popular. He could also be seen helping out the ice crew. In addition to his love for curling—an activity he shared with his wife—he also had a fondness for golf and was a member of Pocasset Golf Club and, in Florida, Palm Aire Golf Club.
He leaves two daughters, Carolyn Zaleski of Salem and Chrysa Dunser and her husband, Alex Dunser, of Tampa, Florida; two siblings, Mary Kennedy and Joseph Balas, both of Lowell; his grandchildren, Lydia and Tom Zaleski of Marblehead and Lech and Lucca Dunser of Tampa; and extended family.
A Celebration of Life Mass will be said on Saturday, November 30, at St. Margaret of Scotland Church, 141 Main Street in Buzzards Bay.