BALINT, Michael

Posted: December 23rd, 2021

Michael Balint

1934 – 2021

Michael Balint, beloved husband of the late Jackie Balint of Coaldale, passed away peacefully in the loving arms of his family on Sunday, December 19, 2021, at the age of 87 years.

Born in Michel, British Columbia on November 13, 1934, he was the youngest child of Michael and Mary Balint. As a child he was raised in a small mining community. It was there that his love of people and the foundations of traditions and cultures began. When his father passed away as a teenager, Michael’s mother encouraged him to move in order for him to expand his skills in hockey. He moved to Saskatchewan where he played hockey for a short time. At 21 years old he moved to Lethbridge and lived with his sister Mary. He began his career as a Lethbridge City Police Officer. During his 35-year career he made many lasting friendships. He met the love of his life; Jackie and they moved to Coaldale to raise their family. After Jackie’s passing, Michael continued to create a home full of hospitality, love, laughter and the traditions he was raised with. His strong, dedicated personality was what drew people to him.

Michael enjoyed being a member of the Hockey Hounds. He was an avid golfer. He enjoyed visiting with his family and friends as well as watching baseball and hockey.

Michael is survived by his eight children Bob (Margaret) McKeen, Beth Wilson, Elaine (Roger) Taniwa, Kathy Watson, Ken (Deb) McKeen, Rendee Rapuano, Ellen Balint and Michael (Analea) Balint; 15 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great grandchildren; a sister Mary Smolnicky; a niece Joanne (Gary) Moroz and extended relatives.

Michael was predeceased by his loving wife Jackie, his parents Michael and Mary Balint and his son in law, Tom Wilson.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

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