George A. Baluzy Sr.

 George Albert Baluzy, born March 7, 1929, age 81, of Danbury, died peacefully at his home January 17th, surrounded by his children and his loving and devoted wife, Rose (Chaber).  

George grew up on Main Street in Danbury, where he met his beautiful wife of 58 years, Rose.  He moved to Danbury from Bridgeport when he was 7 years old. Shortly after that, his father passed away leaving behind a wife and 5 children, the youngest a newborn. His mother, Caramine, only spoke Arabic, and was helped by the local Syrian community. This compassion from others was never forgotten by George, whether it was pushing a stranger's car or giving free washes to less fortunate customers at his Laundromat. George loved music and his sons and grandsons would play their guitars or a piano and sing while he sat on the porch and hummed along. Up until the day of his passing, a son or grandson would strum a guitar for him, giving him great comfort. 

George owned the Berkshire Laundromat in the Danbury Berkshire Shopping Center for 32 years. Prior to that, he owned several area laundromats. He was well known for giving free washes to his customers, quarters to their kids, as well as leaving them in charge when he wasn’t there. 

In addition to his wife of 58 years, George is survived by his beloved children and grandchildren.  Daughter Pamela Salvitti, her husband John and their daughters Ashley and Becky; daughter Joan Harel, her husband Itzik, their daughter Jessie and their son Zohar; son Stephen Baluzy his son Christopher and his wife Dory (Pogers), his daughter Lauren and Steve’s fiancée Rachel Jones; son David Baluzy and his friend Ron Nienstadt; son George Baluzy Jr., his wife Alice (McKenney) their son Samuel and daughter Sophie; son Michael Baluzy, his wife Amy (McCampbell) and their daughter Cara. 

He is also survived by two sisters, Mary Valerio of Danbury, Helen White and her husband Nick of Maryland, and two brothers, Nick Baluzy of Danbury, and John and his wife Ethel of Florida. George was predeceased by his parents Caramine and Albert Baluzy, his brother-in-law and good friend Donald Valerio, and his sister and brother in-law, Gloria and Kenneth Melvin. George was also beloved by several cousins, nieces and nephews and his toy poodle, Paris.

The Rite of Burial will take place on Saturday at 11AM in St. George Antiochian Church, 125 Kohanza St., Danbury.  Burial will take place in Wooster Cemetery.

The family will receive friends in St. George Church on Saturday after 10 AM.

Contributions in his memory may be made to St. George Church or to Regional Hospice, Home Care Program, 405 Main St., Danbury 06810.

Jowdy-Kane Funeral Home, 9-11 Granville Ave., Danbury is in charge of arrangements.

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