John W. Balboni died on Nov. 29 at Sunrise Senior Center in Braintree. He was 79.

John was born on August 2, 1934 in Hartford, Conn., to John and Josephine (Pontacoloni) Balboni.

He grew up in Glastonbury, Conn. John graduated in 1953 from Glastonbury High School, where he was an active student council member and avid soccer player. After high school, he attended University of Hartford Hillyer College where he continued playing soccer and graduated in 1957.

John’s career was dedicated to the Hartford Insurance Company, where he worked for 30 years until his retirement in 1999.

John married Joyce Goode of Oak Bluffs in 1964. They were happily married for 42 years until her death in 2006. They lived in Glastonbury where they raised their four children until the Hartford company moved John to New York city to work at Thompson Mckinnon Securities Inc. The couple moved to Murray Hill, N.J., where they lived until 1988 when John was transferred back to Hartford. They resided in West Hartford until John retired in 1999. Upon his retirement, he and Joyce moved to their summer home on the Vineyard. Together they enjoyed hosting family and friends, traveling, visiting with friends near and far, visiting with their children and being grandparents to their 10 grandchildren.

John is survived by his four children, Jessica and (Milton) Gonzalez of San Juan, Puerto Rico; Jon and (Brenda) Balboni,of Springfield, N.J.; Jennifer and (Brian) Tracey of Dorchester, Mass., and Jason Balboni of Oak Bluffs, and his grandchildren, Christine and Grace Gonzalez; John, Joseph, Amanda and Victoria Balboni; Alison, Sarah and Erin Tracey, and Colby Balboni and his step-grandchildren Devin and Eva Balboni. He is also survived by his sister Joyce (Balboni) McDonald, nieces and nephews and other relatives.

Visitation will be held at Dolan and Chapman Funeral Home, 5 Canton avenue in Milton from noon to 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6. A funeral mass will be celebrated at Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Oak Bluffs, at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7. A private interment will follow.

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations be made to Hospice of Martha’s Vineyard, P.O. Box 1748, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568 or by visiting

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