Richard Balcam

Richard Balcam

Thursday, May 21st, 1936 Wednesday, June 2nd, 2021

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Obituary for Richard Drake Balcam Sr.

Richard Drake “Dick” Balcam Sr., passed away June 2, 2021. Cherished husband of Dorothy (Golobic) Balcam; dearest father of Shari (Michael) Elersich and Richard D. (Nanette) Balcam Jr.; devoted grandfather of Jessica L. Elersich and step-grandfather of Alexes M. Sherwood; dear brother of Elaine Balcam; loving son of the late Fred D. and Gwendolyn M. (Gethin) Balcam. Richard fought a courageous battle with mesothelioma. Richard was born May 21, 1936 in Cleveland and spent most of his life in Willoughby Hills where he built his wife’s dream house. He served in the United States Navy and was a member of the IBEW Local 38. His passions included fishing in Quebec with his father and son, and later in life he enjoyed traveling to Alaska, Maine, and South Carolina with his wife. As a skilled electrician, he was superintendent of all electric work for The Society, Ohio Bell, and SOHIO buildings in Cleveland. He was a generous and driven man who worked hard to provide for his family and shared his vast knowledge with many. Although tough and opinionated, he had a tender and compassionate side that was known only to few. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, and uncle who will be sadly missed by his family and friends. Private family services will be held at a later date. Family suggests in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to Hospice of the Western Reserve, PO BOX 7210, Cleveland OH 44192-0002 or donate online at

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May the love of God surround you and your family during this difficult time,
May you come to know that the love of God is with you always,

May your memories of Richard Drake Balcam, Sr., give you peace, comfort and strength…

Rest now in the arms of our Lord your mission on earth is complete.
I thank you for your service to our Country and my Freedom. You will not be forgotten.
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US Navy Veteran, Richard Drake Balcam, Sr, is “A True American Hero” God Bless†

† Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13 †
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