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Mr. Malcolm "Joe" Ballou

March 4, 1926 — February 15, 2024

Proud of his faith, his family, and his heritage

BETHLEHEM - Malcolm Joseph Ballou passed away peacefully on February 15, 2024, at the age of 97, after a long and eventful life well lived. He was the husband of the late Marguerite (Brennan) Ballou who passed away in 2017.

Malcolm was born on March 4, 1926, in Waltham, MA, the son of the late Leo and Margaret (McKinnon) Ballou. “Joe”, as he was famously known, was the second of eight children. He was raised in nearby Lexington, where he attended parochial schools. He proudly served his country as a member of the U.S. Coast Guard (1943-1946) assigned to LST 262 and participated in operations at Oran, North Africa; Bizerte, North Africa; and Normandy, France. He worked as a salesman primarily in the medical industry for the majority of his career, representing pharmaceutical companies, Parke-Davis, US Vitamin, and others. At its emergence, he segued to the home health industry, forming Better Breathing, Inc., where he would remain until retirement, providing breathing and medical equipment to homebound patients. Joe was a lifelong member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians Monsignor Slocum Division # 1 and, together with his wife of 68 years, enjoyed club-sponsored dances, the golf league at East Mountain, and trips to upstate New York for yet more dancing and Irish music. Together, they traveled the country in their motorhome, exploring the beauty America has to offer. He was a Elm City Banjo Society member and traveled throughout New England with the group to perform wherever requested. A faithful communicant of the Church of the Nativity, he will be greatly missed by all who were blessed to know and love him.

Left to cherish his memory and honor his legacy are his six children: Kate, Kevin, Erin, Mark, Terry, and Tricia: twelve grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. The family would like to thank the staff at St. Mary’s Hospital, the hospice team at Trinity Terrace, and the Casey Family at Eastside Memorial for their care, compassion, and professionalism in our time of need.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend the Mass of Christian Burial on Saturday, February 24, 2024, at 10:00 a.m. at the Church of the Nativity, 48 East St Bethlehem, CT. Burial will be held at the convenience of the family. There are no calling hours. To honor Joe's memory and in lieu of flowers, memorial donations to Saint Jude’s Children's Hospital at would be greatly appreciated. Loving kindness is always welcome, and it only takes a moment to offer a message of condolence or words of comfort or share a memory of someone important to you with your family and friends. Please visit the funeral home’s tribute page at to do so.
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