OBITUARY

William Kenneth Balcezak

November 22, 1943May 13, 2019

The world lost a truly amazing soul on May 13, 2019, William Kenneth Balcezak. Bill, or Binky to many of those who knew him well, was born November 22, 1943 in Hartford, Connecticut. From humble beginnings of picking Connecticut Broadleaf tobacco and strawberries he then attended the University of Connecticut on a scholarship. During his time in Storrs he met Sharon Lewis in a college bar, a meeting that would turn into a 53 year relationship and marriage. After graduating first in his engineering class from UConn he accepted a scholarship to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he achieved his master's degree in mechanical engineering. Bill and Sharon married on August 12, 1967. Bill was hired by DuPont in Wilmington, Delaware where he and Sharon lived when their first son, Chris, was born in 1969. After a move to Burlington, Vermont to work for IBM, Bill and Sharon's daughter, Heather, was born in 1972. Another move with IBM brought the Balcezaks to Austin, Texas in 1972 where their youngest son, Michael, was born in 1974. After a brief transfer to New Jersey Bill and Sharon eventually settled permanently in the then newly developed Lost Creek neighborhood in Austin in 1980, remaining in their home for the following 39 years. Bill utilized his engineering background to create a career in software development, implementation and consulting until he retired in 2015. Bill’s world revolved around his love for family, his endless work ethic, his gentle and generous nature and his servant’s heart. A strong and steady but also quiet and supportive gentleman, he enjoyed watching his wife, kids and grandkids take center stage. These qualities enabled him to provide a blessed life for Sharon and himself and the ability to send his three children to college and onto successful futures. Bill’s endearing focus on others’ wellbeing culminated into being Sharon’s fulltime caregiver after her health declined. His devotion was beyond measure and the ultimate example to friends and family. Unfortunately, in January, 2019 Bill was diagnosed with stage four lung cancer. He fought a valiant battle against that truly brutal condition but succumbed on May 13, fortunately surrounded by loved ones. He was a great American, a devoted 4th Degree Knight, an incredible husband and the world’s best dad and we will miss him dearly. Bill was preceded in death by his mother, Glenys Balcezak, his father, Edward Balcezak, his brother, Tommy Balcezak, his sister, Lori Trafficanti and his son Chistopher Balcezak. He is survived by his wife of almost 52 years, Sharon, his daughter Heather Hodes, her husband Ted Hodes, his son Michael and nine grandchildren, Will Hodes, Noah Hodes, Luke Hodes, Annabelle Hodes, Romey Hodes, Hannah Balcezak, Ben Balcezak, Grace Balcezak and Susannah Balcezak. Visitation 6-8pm, Thursday, May 16th (Rosary 7:00pm) at Cook-Walden/Forest Oaks Funeral Home, 6300 W. William Cannon Dr. Austin, TX. Mass of Christian Burial 1:00pm Friday, May 17th at Saint John Neumann Catholic Church 5455 Bee Cave Road, Westlake Hills, TX. Internment at Assumption Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests a donation to the Knights of Columbus Council 10836 St. John Neumann Catholic Church.

  • FAMILY

  • Bill was preceded in death by his mother, Glenys Balcezak, his father, Edward Balcezak, his brother, Tommy Balcezak, his sister, Lori Trafficanti and his son Chistopher Balcezak. He is survived by his wife of almost 52 years, Sharon, his daughter Heather Hodes, her husband Ted Hodes, his son Michael and nine grandchildren, Will Hodes, Noah Hodes, Luke Hodes, Annabelle Hodes, Romey Hodes, Hannah Balcezak, Ben Balcezak, Grace Balcezak and Susannah Balcezak.
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Will Hodes, Pallbearer
  • Noah Hodes, Pallbearer
  • Luke Hodes, Pallbearer
  • Ben Balcezak, Pallbearer
  • Michael Balcezak, Pallbearer
  • Ted Hodes, Pallbearer

Services

  • Rosary Service Thursday, May 16, 2019
  • Funeral Service Friday, May 17, 2019
  • Graveside Service Friday, May 17, 2019

Memories

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Tony Kniffen

May 15, 2019

Sharon & family,

Bill will be sorely missed. It was always a treat having you both over for Russian Christmas Eve dinners (and making sure to offer him mushrooms every year!), and also having Bill join me for several golf trips in Orlando. His genuine nature, positive attitude and love for you and the family is what I will remember most when thinking fondly of Bill.

Love and hugs,

Tony Kniffen

Chris Bailey

May 15, 2019

I’m so sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. This world has lost a truly honest, funny, caring man. I have many fond memories of working for Bill at Journyx. Whenever I need help or advice, he was there. And even when I left, we’d continue to have lunch where I could count on hearing both his jokes and wisdom...many of which I still rely on today. I am proud to know him. Please accept my blessings to each of you.

Claudine Kniffen

May 15, 2019

We will miss Bill... He was a great friend while we were in Austin and we were able to create many memories together. We always looked forward to celebrating orthodox Christmas on January 7th with Bill and Sharon. Claudine, Tony, Kaili, Kade, and Ty

Dianne & Dennis Kelly

May 15, 2019

We are so saddened about Bill's passing. We have fond memories of Binky and Sharon, their friendship, dinners at the Ramsey Golf & Country Club, New Years celebrations and many more. Even though their stay in Ramsey was short, it is friendship we will always treasure. God Bless the Balcezak family. We send our thoughts and prayers. Rest in Peace.

Barbara Beck

May 15, 2019

Hi, Heather and Ted, I got to know Bill when we worked together at Dell. He was a joy to work with, a breath of fresh air in what could be a highly competitive and stressful environment. May his soul Rest In Peace.

Pam Gray

May 15, 2019

We have so many great memories of spending time with this wonderful family. May your memories bring you comfort and peace. He was a great and kind man! Love to you all, The Grays

Eileen Deeter

May 15, 2019

Bill and Sharon always had a loving and wonderful relationship. Bill was so sweet setting up the renewal of their wedding vows. Sending me a picture and details of their wedding. We will all miss his ready smile.
Take care, Eileen

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY