Donald “Baldy” J. Balderston

Donald “Baldy” J. Balderston

Donald “Baldy” J. Balderston, 68, of the Town of Ephratah, New York and formerly of Salisbury, New York, passed away unexpectedly and suddenly of natural causes to a peaceful beyond in the comfort of his home on Sunday, June 16, 2024.

He was born on August 19, 1955 in Little Falls, New York and was the son of the late George and Irene (Buccafurno) Balderston, Sr. Don was educated at Dolgeville Central School, and graduated with the Class of 1973.

Several years after graduation, Don (Baldy) went to work for the CSX Railroad System starting his career in 1976 in Batavia, New York which allowed him to travel throughout the railroad system and explore different parts of the Country. His main position was a Kershaw regulator operator. He made a significant impression on many coworkers & trainees in his time and was known across the board as a knowledgeable, hard worker. After 40+ years of dedicated service, he retired on April 1, 2017.

Don (Baldy) was a member of the Dolgeville Rod & Gun Club and the Salisbury Ridgerunners Snowmobile Club. He enjoyed old vehicles, a good tune, the outdoors, cutting firewood, hunting, fishing, riding his four-wheeler, working on his home and property, as well as being musically talented as a self-taught guitar and piano player who formerly played with the Curtis Road Blues Band. In his free time he made the rounds to keep in touch with his many friends and strived to entertain with stories, and kind greetings; he shared a smile that stemmed from his Irish eyes and an infectious laugh and will always be remembered for spearheading an acoustic sing-along during a past power outage at his favorite local bar. Baldy was a friendly face to many and his comments (all from the heart in his special, witty way) won many a laugh and a lasting memory. His true friends who knew him best were not just his friends, but his family. He will be sorely missed by his family, his friends and all of the people who enjoyed his company. He was loving and true to the end.

He is survived by his brother, Roger Balderston of Rochester, NY, a close niece, Monica Balderston; nieces and nephews, Michelle (Balderston) Simonds, Michael Balderston, Steven Balderston, Heather (Young) Swartz, and Ryan Young; a brother-in-law, Kirk Young; Tammy’s children Tim Vanderwarker, Trista Gendreau, and Brooke Scott; a great-niece and several great-nephews, as well as numerous cousins; also friends who were his family, Brian and Pat Dineen, Mike Blaskey and Sheri Cool, Mark and Linda Tyoe, Dave and Iva Stegich, Buster and Sundi Jones, Brenda Eggleston and the Dopps Inn Family, as well as many other close friends.

Don (Baldy) was predeceased by his parents, George and Irene Balderston, Sr., a brother, George E. Balderston, Jr., a sister, Diane M. (Balderston) Young; a sister-in-law, Jacqueline R. Balderston; and his special companion and friend, Tammy L. Vanderwarker.

Calling hours will be held on Thursday, June 27, 2024 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. at Miller-Plonka Funeral Home, 30 Wolf Street, Dolgeville, New York 13329. A memorial service will be held immediately following calling hours at 2 p.m. also at the funeral home with Pastor Mark Hediger officiating. Procession will follow to Curtis Cemetery where we will lay Don (Baldy) along with his brother, George E., Jr., both to rest in a combined committal service along-side their father and mother, George and Irene.

A Celebration of Life Reception will be hosted by family friend, Brenda Eggleston, at Dopp’s Inn, 166 N. Main St., Dolgeville, NY 13329starting at approximately 4 p.m. after the formal services.

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