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Updated: 11/09/2013 08:00:02AM

Charles A. Balmat

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Capt. (ret.) Charles A. Balmat, 78, of Englewood, Fla., passed away Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013.

He was born April 7, 1934, in Winchester, Va., to John and Virginia Balmat. He was raised by his beloved stepmother and father, Laurie and John Balmat. He spent his childhood in Conway, Ark. He graduated from high school in 1952 and was appointed to the U.S. Merchant Marines Academy, graduating in 1956.

After graduation, he was accepted by the Dominican Order of the Priesthood and went to its prep college in Rhode Island. After a year, he returned to the Merchant Marines and served as a freighter captain until his retirement in 1985.

While on shore leave he obtained his L.P.N. license, in 1984.

Charles leaves the love of his life and wife of 15 years, Phyllis Balmat.

Services: A Funeral Mass will be held Thursday, Nov., 14 at 10 a.m. at St. Raphael’s Catholic Church, Englewood, Fla., with burial to follow at Gulf Pines Memorial Park, Englewood, Fla. Lemon Bay Funeral Home and Cremation Services is in charge of arrangements. You may express your condolences to the family at:

Contributions: In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Raphael’s Catholic Church, 770 Kilborne Ave., Englewood FL 34223.