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Obituary - Honorable John P. Balio

Honorable John P. Balio

Date of Passing: January 30th, 2010

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Honorable John P. Balio, 85, of New Hartford, retired Associate Justice for the Appellate Division for the Fourth Department of the State of New York, entered into eternal life on Saturday, January 30, 2010, in Naples, Florida, with his loving family at his bedside. Born on March 17, 1924, he was the son of Anthony and Josephine Dambro Balio, and was educated in Utica schools. On July 24, 1948, Justice Balio married Anne Comito, a blessed union of 61 years. Justice Balio's career was certainly one to be proud of. He was appointed as a Justice of the Appellate Division by Governor Cuomo on March 19, 1986. He was reappointed by Governor Cuomo to serve as an Associate Justice of the Court on December 24, 1992, and December 28, 1993. On January 1, 1995, December 30, 1996, and December 30, 1998, Governor Pataki redesignated Judge Balio as an additional Justice of the Supreme Court for the Fourth Department. His term ended on December 31, 2000. Justice Balio attended Springfield College and was a 1946 graduate of Union College. He received his L.L.B. Degree from Albany Law School of Union University in 1948. He was admitted to practice in the New York and Federal Courts in 1949 and, as a Sole Practitioner, maintained an office for the General Practice of Law from 1949 to 1973. Justice Balio also served as an Assistant County Attorney for Oneida County (1956-1960) and as Oneida County Attorney (1960-1962). He was a member of the Oneida County, New York State and Central New York's Women's Bar Associations, New York State and Oneida County Magistrate's Associations, American Trial Lawyer's Association and American Justinian Society of Jurists. He served as a fellow of the New York Bar Foundation and the American Bar Foundation. He was also a member of the State Bar Association's Judicial Section, was a director of the Respect for Law Alliance, Inc., chaired the Indigent Criminal Appeals Management Council for the Fifth Judicial District and was the court's representative on the Advisory Committee on Attorney Admissions. Justice Balio was the recipient of Certificates of Appreciation from the John E. Creedon Police Benevolent Association of Utica in 1969 and the Comity Club of Utica in 1979. In 1983, he was named Honorary Erie Canaller by the Rome Chamber of Commerce. He received the Distinguished Jurist Award from the Family Law Section of the New York State Bar Association in 1996 and the Distinguished Service Award presented by the Consul General of Italy on behalf of the Italian Government in May 1996. Justice Balio began his judicial career as a Town Justice for the Town of New Hartford, serving in that position from 1970 to 1973. He then served as Oneida Family Court Judge from 1973 to 1979 and was elected to serve a fourteen year term as Supreme Court Justice in the Fifth Judicial District commencing in 1980 and re-elected on November 2, 1993, to Supreme Court, for a term beginning on January 1, 1994. He was certified by the Office of Court Administration to serve three additional two year terms commencing January 1, 1995, 1997 and 1999. Justice Balio is survived by his beloved wife, Anne; two daughters and a son-in-law, Joan Uhlig, New Hartford, and Karen and Michael Clement, Burnt Hills, New York; two sons and daughters-in-law, Anthony and Cindy Balio, Chicago, and John R. and Shawn Balio, New Hartford; seven grandchildren, Jennifer and Michael Chambrone, Jonathan Clement, Thomas Clement, Kimberly Balio, Casey Balio, Michael Balio and Morgan Balio; a stepsister-in-law, Raffaela Saraceno, Utica; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his son, Anthony Balio; a brother, Cosmo Balio; his parents; and stepmother, Sarah Saraceno. Justice Balio's funeral will be held on Saturday, February 6, 2010, at 8:45 a.m. from the Bentz & Amodio Funeral Service, Inc., 470 French Road, Utica/New Hartford, and at 9:30 a.m. at St. Mary of Mount Carmel/Blessed Sacrament Church, where his Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated. Private interment will take place in Calvary Cemetery. Calling hours for family and friends will be Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.


We will always remember, love and miss our dear friend,John. That smile and his "corny" jokes can never be duplicated. Love you all!
Vicki and Joel Bass

Dear Anne and Family, No one can even begin to express the heartfelt sympathy felt by my family and I for you and yours.John was a super individual that none of us will ever be able to forget. He had the most wonderful affect when he walked into a room. I too remember him at family gatherings from many years ago and his loving smile and gracious reassurance that he would always be there for each and everyone of us was a promise well upheld. He never let any of us down and never was anymore than outstanding in his support.He was a man of eloquent presence and honorable morals. I'm certain he is surrounded in Eternal Everlasting Love with our Father,The Lord Jesus Christ. Love, Christina
Christina Brown,SanFilippo

Aunt Anne & Family My deepest sympathy for your loss. He was a "Great Uncle" and a beautiful person inside and out. I have a heavy heart as he was a huge presence in my life growing up. I will always remember his smile and laughter at family gatherings and card parties. Your in my prayers. Love Lorri
Lorri Orsaio Edicola

my sincere condolences to john and family on the death of your beloved father
gotie enterprises george gotie

I will forever miss that infectious smile and warm an caring personality. Judge Bailo was and will always be an inspiration to all the judges he has worked with over all these years.HE and the family wii be in our prayers.My uncle judge thomas Aloi will be waiting for the judge in heaven so they can continue to have their beloved discussions on the law.GOD BLESS JUDGE BALIO
Hon anthony f aloi

My wife and I will miss waving to him sitting in his chair overlooking the boats driving by on the channel to first lake in Old Forge.He was a gem of a man,our condolences to his family.
Anthony & Liz DeCarolis

Dear Ann Please accwpt my sincere condolences for John's passing. He was a true friend and a great person He and my wife Nina will have lot to talk about in heaven for I am sure that is where they are. love Vin
Vincent Scarafile

Dearest Family: All I can say is that I feel his pain because he is now with his dear father Cosmo. Imagine what they have to say to each other. My dad probably would say brother nice to see you and good accomplishments with the success in your life. We have a wonderful famiy and we must watch over all of them. Picture this my mom,dad, sister Marion, grandpa & grandma with all big smiles to see him because they are all together. Love, Thomas, Darlene, Carlene, Carl & Angela Abbatecola
Darlene Abbatecola

Aunt Anna, I just want you and your family to know that your in my thoughts and prayers. I'm so sorry to hear about uncle John. Love, The Campola Family
Michele Campola

Dear Ann and Family, Heartfelt sympathy on the loss of John

Dear Anne,Joan, Karen, Anthony, John and family, I am so sorry to hear about your husband, dad and grandfather. Even though I haven't seen any of you in years, I have wonderful memories of summers growing up with your family. Anne, you truly had a wonderful husband. My thoughts are with you all. Bonnie Tracy
Bonnie (Harrington) Tracy