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Brockville, ON K6V1J9
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John Ballachey
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John Alexander
1941 - 2017
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Condolence From: Kim and Barb O'Grady
Condolence: So sad to learn of Mr. Ballachey's passing. My mother had the pleasure of teaching with Mr. B for many years and I, never his student, still had the pleasure of his stories, as he entertained me, while I waited for mom to finish work. Always so friendly, interested, and interesting. A man who has helped so many will be missed. My condolences to his family and friends.
Sunday January 14, 2018
Condolence From: Helen Hobson
Condolence: I was lucky enough to have Mr. Ballachey as we called him in high school at BCI. History, he was vibrant, passionate in his teachings. His velvet like suit jackets, were sweat stained from his arm waving and enthusiasm generated this gravity of passion to resonate on his jacket. My erra was during the Idi Amin days, whose eight-year reign of terror in Ugandaand - during an exam in choice this essay question or another in choice I choice Idi Amin, after his teachings there was not a problem to write was filled with a question in I was able to write fluently, as pictures of him laying out the terror of Idi Admin. I was later to find out that year the exams were lost and we all got a pass, not knowing if mine would have caught his eye. As I am sure many students felt this way. Onward we all went and graduated knowing we had a bit of history with us being taught by Mr. John Ballachey.
Many of his students were fortunate to have travelled with him on one of his history laden trips internationally – I was not one of those fortunate students but I'm sure they will be re living their trips – learning of his passing and remembering those grand teaching moments with one of the greatest teachers I have known.
Live on John Ballachey in your next life as you choose to be involved in history making once again or a international curling star or another one of your life passions.

I will plant a tree, light a candle – donate to a cause in his name – to keep him with us a little longer and in hopes he will be remembered by future generations
Thursday January 04, 2018
Condolence From: Frank Blacharczyk
Condolence: John was a wonderful history teacher. He made history come alive and with that I still love learning and understanding history. I didn't know what to think of John at first me being a student but after awhile we became friends. He was always ready to listen to my life's concerns and give good advice. He had a big heart and God took him home. Peace
Sunday December 31, 2017
Condolence From: Sam Finn

I would like to share a few words about the John Ballachey before Brockville, for those who knew him not then.

John grew up in Noranda Quebec, a mining community a bit farther north of Brockville than New York City is south of it.

His friends knew him as Moose. He was a stalwart on defence in hockey, and formidable on the line in football. To his opponents he was a presence to be reckoned with

Among his friends, he was one of "the boys". Moose, perhaps less boisterous than some, and certainly more modest than others, was always good company.

While J.B. moved to Brockville, the rest of the boys dispersed across Canada - from the East Coast to the Pacific. Despite the distances, the friendships endured - John nurtured them. He attended periodic large reunions and small get-togethers. There were several small gatherings this past year, and plans for another in the coming year. But as fortune would have it, that was not to be.

When word spread that Moose was hospitalized, the boys reached out to him. Some called, and some visited - from Quebec, Southern Ontario, and even from Victoria, B.C.

John felt and expressed deep gratitude for their concern. He especially appreciated that one of the boys had come from B.C., booked the room next to his at the Royal Brock, and was there as the end neared.

I was fortunate enough to visit with Moose on December 19 and we shared a wee toast. My last words to him were, "I’ll stop in on Xmas morning as I drive thru Brockville en route to Cambridge to visit my wife’s family." His last words to me were "That would be fine, Sam."

Sadly, it was wishful optimism. All I was able to do as we drove by on the 401. was to think of Moose’s remarkably rich life and our wonderful friendship

From one of the boys - Adieu John, Adieu. You did us all proud.

Sam Finn
Saturday December 30, 2017
Condolence From: Liz (Dunning) Hain
Condolence: David and I liked John a lot. We were happy to bump into him at Metro and stop for a chat. I was one of John's first students at BCI - Grade 9 History in 1965 and again in Grade 11. History classes were interesting. He had lots of energy and enthusiasm and he was engaging. I was very happy that our 2 sons also had him as a History teacher. My sincere condolences.
Saturday December 30, 2017
Condolence From: Ara Papertzian
Condolence: I knew John through curling. He always has a Joke to tell that always made me Laugh. My Condolences to the Family. He will be Missed.
Saturday December 30, 2017
Condolence From: Connie Oltmann
Condolence: I was in Mr. Ballachey’s law class at B.C.I. He always explained things logically and with enthusiasm. Plus, he took us to the courthouse for a mock trial. These teaching methods really helped me remember and carry what I learned with me. I’m glad I had the opportunity to see him several times this year. One time in particular was at a concert of music from shows like Les Miserables and Miss Saigon. To my surprise and delight, Mr. Ballachey was seated right next to me and my dad was on my other side. Mr. Ballachey laughed and called me “a rose between two thorns”. The performances at the concert were so incredibly moving and well done that he would cheer and say “Yes!” with his expression of enthusiasm that we have all come to know so well. I will always remember that night and his catching exuberance; picturing him in heaven, enjoying the music there, the same way.
Friday December 29, 2017
Condolence From: Ken & Marlene O'Grady
Condolence: John was our dear friend for more than 60 years and we were very saddened to hear of his passing. John visited our home frequently and was a curling buddy for more than 25 years. We enjoyed his keen intellect, his phenomenal memory of world events, and his love for animals. Goodbye John, you will be greatly missed. Ken & Marlene O’Grady
Friday December 29, 2017
Condolence From: Mary Derby Preston and Harry Preston
Condolence: When we moved to Brockville John became not only a new friend but a future teacher to our sons Andrew and Kevin as well as a link to the vibrant Noranda past. He shared his interests---history, travel, theatre and family---with intensity and passion. We will miss him.
Thursday December 28, 2017
Condolence From: Brad Abraham
Condolence: I attended many schools over my childhood and teenage years and can say Mr. Ballachey was one of those teachers you never forget. He made a huge impression on me as an instructor, and his passion for history was infectious. But he wasn’t just a teacher; he encouraged you no matter what you did. I appeared on stage with him at the Brockville Operatic Society, and despite being busy with his day job he even appeared in a short play I directed for school. I can’t stress how important his generosity was to me in particular, especially at a difficult time in my life. May his light burn long, and his memory never be forgotten.
Thursday December 28, 2017