Barry B. Balan, 79, of Mashpee died at home on December 6.

Born in Chelsea, he was the son of Rebecca and Irving Balan. He graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a master’s degree in zoology in 1965.

He and Lynne Albertson were married on June 26, 1966, in Lawrence.

Mr. Balan worked for Harvard Primate Research Center starting in 1967 and contributed to the research of rhesus macaques, a monkey native to southern and southeastern Asia. He also taught science at Chelsea High School.

For more than 49 years he was employed by Pacific Packaging of Wilmington.

Mr. Balan had a commitment to community service. He was chairman of the board for Goodwill of Merrimack Valley for many years. He was an influential part of the sewer commission of Chelmsford for a quarter-century and, for the last four years of his tenure, served as chairman of the board. He was an active member of homeowners groups, contributing his time as president for both the Windward Home neighborhood as well as The Great Harbors Association.

Mr. Balan continued his leadership role on Cape Cod as president of the Falmouth Jewish Congregation for four years. With his wife he baked fudge brownies for FJC Brotherhood activities.

In addition to his wife he leaves their children, Jennifer, David and Joseph Balan; seven grandchildren; two sisters; and extended family.

Services will be private.

A shiva observance will take place via Zoom on Wednesday, December 9, and Thursday, December 10, at 7 PM at The meeting ID is 828 5468 9830 and the passcode is shiva.

An in-person celebration of the life of Mr. Balan will be observed at a future time.

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