Donald F Balla

February 16, 1941 ~ December 6, 2021 (age 80)


Donald Francis Balla, age 80, passed away at the Westerly Hospital on December 6, 2021 with family and friends by his side.

Born in Westerly, RI to the late Nate and Margaret Balla, Don lived most of his adult life in New York City, returning to Westerly 10 years ago. Don will be dearly missed by his partner of 47 years, George Cardounel of Westerly, his sister Bonnie Martino of Westerly, his niece Marisa Martino (David Van Horn) of Washington, DC, his nephew Tyler Gouvin (Jacky) of Wethersfield, CT his great niece Elsa Bernadette Van Horn of Washington, DC., his loyal friend Arthur Burton (Jessica) and his cousins, whom he enjoyed spending the Christmas holidays with. Don was predeceased by his brother Nate Balla Jr, and his sister Gina Balla Wood.

If you met Don, you were not likely to forget him. Quirky and unique, Don carved out a life filled with all the things he loved. Music from one of his vintage Victor Talking Machines would often be heard at his door. His apartment was filled with records, books, films and memorabilia that he collected over a lifetime. Don had a generous spirit, a kind nature, a passion for good conversation and a love of all things antique.

The Balla and Cardounel families wish to thank Pace of Westerly for helping Don and his family navigate this last very difficult chapter in his life with compassion and dignity, and to Dr. Sarah Petrides at the Westerly Hospital along with the nurses and CNA’s who treated Don with the utmost care and respect during his final days.

A private burial was handled by Rushlow-Iacoi Funeral Home & Crematory. A celebration of Don’s life will be held at a later date. Donations in Don’s memory may be made to the Westerly Animal Shelter.

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Donald’s favorite saying was “your health is your wealth”. Truer words were never spoken.

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