John Balmat

  • Born: August 19, 1928
  • Died: June 15, 2020
  • Location: Avon Lake, Ohio

Busch Funeral and Crematory Services

163 Avon Belden Road
Avon Lake, OH 44012
Tel. (440) 933-3202

Tribute & Message From The Family

Loving Husband, Father, Grandfather, Great-Grandfather, Brother, Friend

John R. Balmat, 91 of Avon Lake passed away on June 15th, 2020. He was born to parents Walter C. Balmat and Hazel M. Moulin on August 19th, 1928 in Louisville, Ohio.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife Marian; his parents; brothers Beau, Paul, Bob, Donald, Albert; sisters Virginia and Theresa; and his son-in-law Robert Stephen.

He is survived by his loving children William J. Balmat (Deborah); Sue Stephen (Robert, dec); Timothy J. Balmat (Melanie); and JoAnn Bacnik (Michael); brother Thomas Balmat; and the grandfather of 11 and great-grandfather of 25 children.

He was a loving a husband who enjoyed his family and grand-children above all else.

John was a member of Holy Spirit Catholic Church. He and Marian volunteered for many years at the Cleveland Clinic where they were both honored for their efforts.

John graduated from St. Ignatius High School in 1946 with honors. He then attended John Carroll University. He joined the Village of Bratenahl's Police department where he served for over 30 years; earning the ranks of Sergeant, Lieutenant and finally serving as the Chief of Police for 10 years.

During this time, he continued to further his education through classes at the Northwestern University Traffic Institute; Notre Dame College; Case Western Reserve University and finally attendance at the F.B.I. National Academy where he earned additional credit hours through the University of Virginia.

John's professional affiliations included the F.B.I National Academy Associates; the Ohio Chiefs of Police Association; Cuyahoga County Police Chiefs Associations; the Crime Clinic, Inc. of Cleveland and the Fraternal Order of Police – Bratenahl Lodge. John was also a member of the Holy Name Society and the St. Ignatius Alumni Association.

During his time in law enforcement, John also taught physical education at two parochial schools (Holy Cross and St. Paul's – both in Euclid, OH) from 1961 to 1973.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial contribution may be forwarded to the Wayne A. Leon – 86' Scholarship Fund thru St. Ignatius High School. This fund is for the sole purpose of assisting deserving students from families of the Greater Cleveland's Public Safety Forces pursue their education. Contributions can be sent to St. Ignatius High School, Wayne A. Leon '86 Scholarship Fund @ 1911 West 30th, Cleveland, Ohio 44113 – in the name of John Balmat, Class of '46.

Private family services. 440-933-3202

Condolence & Memory Journal

So sorry to hear of the demise of my favorite coach and phys Ed teacher.

Posted by Richard Maher - Euclid, OH - Student   July 11, 2020

Inspiring, encouraging, dedicated, strong, friend to all, a true leader and my list could go on and on. Anyone that had Mr. B as a gym teacher, has stories they can tell of how he impacted their lives. He was one of a kind.
I know I share this feeling of gratitude for having been honored by knowing Mr. Balmat with many others. He was the best.

Posted by colleen Freeman Iacofano - Friend   July 09, 2020

One of the finest men I ever had the pleasure to know, God bless you

Posted by James Zindroski - North Royalton, OH - Friend   June 22, 2020

Mr. Balmat was the best Phys. Ed Teacher I ever had. I still do situps the way he taught us. He left a wonderful legacy in his loving family. ..

Posted by Joan Worthington - CHARDON, OH - Student   June 22, 2020

Bill, your dad was a great man. I never had him as a teacher but I have many fond memories of him and your whole family on E. 219 and E. 217.

Don't regret that your dad's life is over, but rather be thankful that it happened!

My best to you and your family.

Posted by Jim Gornik - Westlake, OH - Friend   June 21, 2020

Truly a remarkable man. Mr. Balmat was truly an inspiration to me at Holy Cross and I am so fortunate that I was one of many whose life he touched. Rest in peace Mr. B.

Posted by Rudy Kozan - Student   June 19, 2020

God be with you, you were one of the best!
Rocco Pollutro

Posted by Rocco Pollutro - Friend   June 19, 2020

Im so sorry to hear about my favorite gym teacher of ALL TIME! Mr Balmat was my gym teacher all through my 8 years at St. Pauls in Euclid. He was as tough on the girls as he was with the boys! He didnt want us to be wimps! He was as kind as he was tough! I met him later in life as I was going a bit too fast through Bratenahl. He remembered me from St Pauls and gave me such a talking to that a ticket would have been easier for me to handle! He really knew how to communicate with young people! I graduated from St Pauls in 1968 then Villa Angela Academy in 1972. I will always remember him as the guy who held my ankles as I broke the school record as he yelled Cmon Katie, you can do it! Imagine, an 8th grade GIRL beating ALL of the boys!! 72 sit ups in 2 minutes. Im 65 now and have thought about him many many times throughout my life. He gave me the confidence to be a real competitor in womens sports. I hope Jesus in in shape.. if not Mr Balmat is gonna have him try to beat my record!!! You have my deepest condolences and RESPECT for your DAD!!!

Posted by Katie Maloney class of 68 St Pauls - Student   June 19, 2020

Mr. B was our gym teacher at St. Paul Church in Euclid. he is the true definition of a gentleman and a Christian

Posted by Paul Brickman - Euclid, OH - Student   June 17, 2020

We have such great memories John and Marian from Catawba. They were such a special couple to us. We enjoyed seeing their grandchildren on the beach and they loved our dog, Sloopy. We continued our friendship even after they left Catawba. They will and are greatly missed.

Posted by Dave and Dee Slosser - Friend   June 17, 2020

Hi, John was a great man, I should know, along with some friends from Bratenahl. Myself Al Fuerst, Tom Essick, Tim Essick, my brothers, John Fuerst, Anthony Fuerst, we used to keep the chief on his toes, and the Dormbacks. Yes Mr. Balmat was a great man. Rest in peace John.

Posted by Al Fuerst - Friend   June 17, 2020

Best (and only) gym teacher I had in grade school. (St. Paul, class of '68) So much fun and many memories in his classes. Rest in Peace, Mr. Balmat.

Posted by Liz Gliha - PAINESVILLE, OH - Student   June 17, 2020

uncle John was famous for his stories and he had many to tell. My sympathies go out to my cousins Bill, Sue, Tim and JoAnn, your dad will be greatly missed❤

Posted by Kathy Boos - Family   June 17, 2020

Mr Balmat was my Physical Ed teacher at St Pauls school n Euclid, OH. I graduated there in 1969. He was inspiring, motivational and pushed us to do our best. Never forgot his wonderful teaching spirit. Thank you Mr Balmat! Dr Marian Carpenter

Posted by Dr Marian Carpenter - Student   June 16, 2020

So sorry for the loss of this great man. Lots of good times with the family around the pool in the village.

Posted by John Renner    June 16, 2020

Bill, My condolences to all. I am sorry that I didn't know him. Bill Andersen

Posted by Bill Andersen - Friend   June 16, 2020

So many fond memories of John and Marian as their lives and example
enriched our family and experiences in Euclid.

May their family be blessed and take solace in their heavenly rest.

Posted by Walter & Therese Hoag - Friend   June 16, 2020

Dear Sue, JoAnn, Tim and Bill,

Deepest condolences to you and all of your extended families upon the loss of your father. Mr. Balmat, as so many students knew him, was a remarkable man who left a great mark on the many whose lives he touched. You can count yourselves as lucky to have such wonderful role models as parents and pass that love onto all of your children.

Sincerely, Ruth Flannery

Posted by Ruth Flannery - Euclid, OH - Student   June 16, 2020

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