portrait picture for Richard C. Baluha

Wake:Friday, April 8, from 4:00 to 7:00 PM at the Collins Funeral Home.Mass:Saturday, April 9, at 10:00 AM at St. Jerome R.C. Church 23 Half Mile Road, Norwalk, CT.Interment:Fairfield Memorial Park, 230 Oaklawn Avenue, stamford, CT.Contributions:In lieu of flowers, donations in Rich’s memory may be made to Fight Blindness, http://www.blindness.org or the National Pancreatic Cancer Foundation, http://www.npcf.us/.

Richard C. Baluha


April 23, 1940 ~ April 2, 2016

Richard C. Baluha, a life-long resident of Norwalk, CT, was born on April 23, 1940 and died at home surrounded by his family on April 2, 2016. Rich was known among family and friends as the “world’s greatest fixer” with his innate ability for diagnosing and repairing anything mechanical.

Rich graduated from Bullard Havens Technical School with a certificate in architectural drafting. He founded National Automatic Transmissions in 1963, which he operated for 25 years, expanding it into marine transmissions. He was a former member of the Norwalk Exchange Club and their Coast Guard Auxiliary. Naturally inquisitive, he had a passion for history and always had something to contribute on many subjects from politics to aeronautics. His happiest days were spent boating and helping others.

Rich was the son of the late Cyril F. and Mary Bepko Baluha, and is survived by his beloved wife, Judy; two sons, Richard S. Baluha of Greenwich, CT, and Roderick A. Baluha of Rimrock, AZ; a sister, Marilyn Lincoln of Bridgeport; a brother, Robert Baluha and his wife Susan of Shelton; four nieces, Sherri McPartland, Sheila Papps, Suzanne Boyce and Terriann Baluha; and three nephews, Gary Baluha, Daniel Baluha and Gregg Baluha.

Friends may call on Friday, April 8 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Collins Funeral Home, 92 East Avenue, Norwalk. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, April 9 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Jerome Roman Catholic Church, 23 Half Mile Road (entrance on East Rocks Road), Norwalk. Interment will follow at Fairfield Memorial Park Cemetery, 230 Oaklawn Ave., Stamford.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Rich’s memory may be made to Fight Blindness, http://www.blindness.org or the National Pancreatic Cancer Foundation, http://www.npcf.us/.

  1. Dear Judy and Family,
    We am so very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all now and in the days ahead.

    April 5, 2016
    Marilyn Norris and Family -
  • Dear Judy & Family,

    I am so sad about Rich’s passing. I will always remember Rich for his hospitality and generosity, whether it was a summer barbecue, Thanksgiving dinner or a beautiful holiday in Puerto Vallarta. He will be missed.

    April 5, 2016
    Angela Carlucci -
  • Dear Judy and family:
    There are no words to express the sorrow that Chris and I feel over the loss of our dear friend, Richie. He was a man of courage, strength and dignity; he was wise and selfless, he was lovable and funny. We have so many beautiful memories of the times we
    shared with both/all of you; and so many years of simply having had the pleasure and privilege of knowing you.
    Richie, we miss you and we will never forget you! Rest in Peace.
    Love,
    Chris and Jenny

    April 6, 2016
    Chris and Jenny McLaughlin -
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