Thorpe Brothers Funeral Home & Chapel

96 West Street, Brantford, ON


Doreen Balaga

June 5, 1935February 19, 2020

Peacefully, on February 19, 2020 at the age of 84. Beloved wife of the late John Sr. (1995). Loving mother of John Jr., Gary, Jeff, Lee, Chris, and Paul. Beloved grandmother and great-grandmother. A visitation will take place at the “THORPE BROTHERS FUNERAL HOME & CHAPEL”, 96 West St., on Saturday, February 29th, 2020 from 2-3pm. A Celebration of Doreen’s Life will begin in the Thorpe Brothers' Carriage House at 3pm. Cremation to follow. As expressions of sympathy, donations to the charity of your choice would be appreciated.


  • Visitation Saturday, February 29, 2020
  • Celebration of Life Saturday, February 29, 2020


Doreen Balaga

have a memory or condolence to add?

Marc Plourde

March 4, 2020

Dear Paul Family,

From Agriculture and Agri-food Canada Fredericton, NB our team wish you our sincere condolence.
May you find comfort in this sad day ! By looking at the memories and love that your Mom has given you all. Remember! It is only a good bye and she should be around when need it, keep talking to her she is still listening in a deferent way.

Yours truly,
Marc Plourde

Doreen Giles (Falls)

February 29, 2020

Dear Balaga Family,

We are so sorry to hear the news about your mom Doreen.
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived. Your mom was a wonderful, generous and caring lady that welcomed many children into her home. One of the greatest Eagle Place Mom's ever.

Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.

The Falls Family

Brittany Price

February 27, 2020

Thinking of you and your family in this sad time. I hope that you find much comfort and warmth in the memories. So very sorry for your loss.

Jeff Lentfer

February 27, 2020

To all the boys my condolences to you all on your mother's passing

Paul Massey (Balaga)

February 27, 2020

My mother's hugs and kisses were comforting, warm and lingering. For those who knew her well, she never wanted to let the hug end.
Never impressed with material things . . . it was the relationship with others that counted the most to her.
She was the Best mother, teacher of life and friend that I could ever have wanted.
Mom, I loved you, I love you, and I will always love you. Hold a cherished spot at your side for me.
Love Paul

Karen McKenzie

February 27, 2020

To John, and your brothers..
Marty and I send our condolences on the passing of your Mom,
She was a special lady and I have many great memories of her kindness and laughter.
Every time you visited the house, she made you feel welcome..
Rest in peace.
Karen and Marty McKenzie

Johnny Balaga

February 26, 2020

My Mother was Loved by everyone who touched her life. The most generous, caring and selfless person I know. What an honour and privilege to call her MOM. Her every thought was about you and me, never about her. She will take a very special place in heaven and remain foremost in all our hearts forever.
MOM, you will be missed beyond words. We have always loved you and always will.

Wendy Rideout

February 24, 2020

Enjoyed my conversations with Doreen over the years. We were both friends and neighbours. Doreen always told it like it is and that’s what I liked most about her. She was such a strong woman. She had to be, living in a house full of men. My condolences to “her boys” . May she rest in peace.

Jayne Ball

February 23, 2020

She was a second mom to me for 57 years. She was loved deeply and will be missed the same 💔

Louise Pellizzari

February 22, 2020

I am going to miss your laughter, your funny stories, your understanding and your love. Milly is going to miss her treats.