Attorney Charles R. Balliro
Family & friends are invited to attend a Memorial Visitation on Friday, March 31st from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Vertuccio and Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Route 107) Revere for Attorney Charles R. Balliro, who died tragically in his Winthrop home on Saturday March 18th. He was 68 years old. A funeral service will begin at 7 p.m. in the Funeral Home following the visitation.
Born in Boston, Charlie was raised in the North End before the family settled in Revere. Charlie was educated in Revere and is an alumnus of Revere High School Class of 1966. Charlie went on to earn his undergraduate degree at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana. During his time there, Charlie was most active, taking advantage of all that the school offered to him. He played Football for the NSU Demons, he was in Student Government, he was a member of Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity, and he thrived in the School Drama Club. In his junior year, he earned the lead role in a Woody Allen production of “Don’t Drink the Water.” He also was the lead as King Lear in “The Lion in Winter” and he received Best Actor Award for his performance. He also won awards for Southwest Conference Poetry Competition, earning first place. Charlie excelled at NSU, and his achievements validate his active leadership. In his senior year, he was elected President of the Student Body, and he was sworn into the Chief Justice office by the Dean of NSU – Fulton. He graduated from NSU in 1971. Charlie’s true calling may have been “Acting.” He loved the theatre and the audience loved him. He had a natural talent for the stage. Charlie returned back to Boston to further his education to pursue a Law Degree. He earned his J.D. of Law from Suffolk University Law School in 1976. He later moved to Winthrop and opened his own law firm, Offices of Charles R. Balliro. Charlie practiced law and loved what he did, but his true passion was theatre. He continued to act in Dinner Shows, Summer Stalk on Cape Cod and returned to Louisiana at the Abbey Players. He wrote a poem titled “To My Brother Paul.” He wrote several plays, “He’s not heavy, he’s my brother.” Charlie had a real zest for life, intellect, talent, and an aura that made people want to be around him. With all his accomplishments and leading roles, his most favorite role was “Dad.” He loved his family and made them proud of all his achievements.
He is the beloved son of Antonetta (Agresti) Balliro of Revere, and the late Joseph P. Balliro. The Loving father of Joseph P. Balliro of Winthrop. Cherished brother of Lucille DiChiara of Revere, Fawn Andersen & her husband Bjorn of Charlestown, Deveen Balliro – Arrigo & his Honor Revere Mayor Brian M. Arrigo of Revere and the late Paul “Paulie Boy” Balliro. He is the dear friend of Linda M. “Shana” Plakias of Revere, the former husband of Peggy Balliro – Bayard of New Iberia, LA. Also lovingly survived by many nieces and nephews, and many, many friends and extended family. Interment will be private.