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Dragan "Danny Boy" Balos

December 21, 1961 August 27, 2020
Dragan "Danny Boy" Balos
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Dragan “Danny Boy” Baloš, 58, died on August 27, 2020 after a 3-year battle with lung cancer. He was born in Kragujevac, Serbia, Yugoslavia on December 21, 1961. He moved to Cleveland, Ohio in 1990 along with his lover, Sladjana Baloš.
As a young boy growing up, Dragan enjoyed the sport of futbol and the art of drinking fine beer. Dragan graduated from trade school as a Tool & Die Maker. His first job was for Zastava Yugo which sent him on a work trip to Japan in 1988. After returning from his trip, Dragan was surprised to see Sladjana waiting for him in his home village, Knic. It was within a few months that the two would get married and leave for the United States of America.
Upon his arrival, Dragan began to live a life he never expected. He was blessed with three sons, Andrew, Nikola, and Miladin. From growing up in a tiny home no bigger than a bedroom, to buying a house in Palm Coast, Florida fit for a king and his family. Life just kept getting better as his family grew.
Alexsandar “Saša” Petrovic, aka Sale, the only cousin and known family Dragan had in the states, became the brother he never had. The two shared some of the most aggressive playing styles of indoor soccer than you’d typically see. The two were a force to reckon with.
Dragan’s sister-in-law, Milica, didn’t quite accept him at first for she was concerned he might take her sister away, but little did she know… their relationship would kindle a bond stronger than blood.
Dragan’s brother-in-law, Robert, shared a multitude of interests with him. Many pig roasts and football games would be the bond that the two brothers would forever share.
After settling into Palm Coast, Dragan found a new community within his work force. He was befriended by Brian Horton and Brian Hermann at Hudson Tool & Die where he worked since 1997. He also met the boys’ best friend's dad, AC Bob Barrow, while the kids would hang out with the family. All four men shared laughs and love through their passion for Nascar while throwing back a few brewskis.
Dragan is survived by his wife Sladjana “Susan” Baloš (née Marinković), sons Andrew Galvan, Nikola Baloš, and Miladin Baloš. He is predeceased by father Vitomir Žiropadja, mother Jovanka Baloš, and sister Jasmina Baloš.
Dragan was special… He was the life of the party without even trying. His thick Serbian accent and hilarious demeanor drew attention to him effortlessly. Though he had a tough rigid exterior to him, he was loving beyond comprehension, but seldom did he show it openly... When he did though, it was like spotting one of God’s angels here on earth, simply beautiful. He lived a life of laughter and enjoyment regardless of where he was. Though Dragan may not be here with us today, he will always be within our hearts. He will be with us in spirit and will live on through his family and friends. We love you, Dragi.
His Services will be held Saturday, September 5th at 10:30 am at our church, St. Petka 1990 Lake Emma Rd Longwood, FL 32750.

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Funeral

Saturday

5

Sep

10:30 AM 9/5/2020 10:30:00 AM
St. Petka Serbian Orthodox Church

1900 Lake Emma Road
Longwood, FL 32750

St. Petka Serbian Orthodox Church
1900 Lake Emma Road Longwood 32750 FL
United States

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Location

All Faiths Memorial Park Final Resting Place

1390 Park Drive
Casselberry, FL 32707

1390 Park Drive Casselberry 32707 FL
United States
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