Luke William Ballestrini

Born: Fri., Aug. 3, 1979
Died: Mon., Sep. 28, 2020


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Norwich – Luke William Ballestrini, 41, of Sandy Lane passed away suddenly at his home Monday, September 28, 2020.
He was born on August 3, 1979 in New London, CT son to Denise Gaile (Plourde) Faraci of Preston and Bill Ballestrini of Preston.
Luke was a carpenter for over 23 years.  He was very compassionate about his music and the New Orleans Saints. He loved and adored his son Mason Richard, family was the world to him.  When Luke walked into a room he would light it up with his energy.  Luke was a kind soul who would give his last dollar to help someone.
Besides his parents and son he is survived by step father Robert J. Faraci of Preston,  adopted father Peter K. Holden of Pawcatuck, stepmother Judy Ballestrini of Preston, two siblings Joshua Richard Ballestrini and his wife Kim and  their two children Kylie and Nathan Ballestrini, Marianne Slonski and her husband Shawn and their two children Noah and Naomi Slonski of Griswold, his fiancé Melissa Quercia of Norwich, his maternal grandmother Maryann Plourde of Boca Raton, FL, grandmother Clara of Oakdale,  two step brothers Robert A. Faraci of East Lyme, Steven T. Faraci of East Lyme, two half-brothers Jake Ballestrini of Ledyard and Jared Ballestrini of Preston.  He also leaves behind many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his grandparents Richard E. Plourde, William and Dorothy Ballestrini, Sr. and Robert T. Faraci.
Due to the increase in Cornavirus cases in the local area the services have been canceled.

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Billy Shea
   Posted Mon September 28, 2020
I'm so very sorry for the loss of your loving son. Hugs and Love for you Denise and your family.

Jay Barrios
   Posted Mon September 28, 2020
Denise, I cannot express in words how sorry I am for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. If there is anything you need, anything at all, please don't hesitate to ask. God Bless~Jay Barrios

Daniel Tamborra
   Posted Mon September 28, 2020
Dear Denise and family

I am so sorry for the loss of your son ,brother and father .My prayers and thoughts are with you all .

Marci Onorato
   Posted Mon September 28, 2020
There are no words for this heart is broken. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. Sending healing love to all. Much Love, Marci

Matthew Russ
   Posted Mon September 28, 2020
I have known Luke and his family for many years. Luke was a spirit unlike no other bringing smiles and laughs to many. I just want to wish the best to his mother who always was there for Luke no matter what happened she just wanted the best for her son. To his brothers and sister I wish them the best guidance in life knowing their brother is above them looking out for them. God bless.

Kyle lake
   Posted Mon September 28, 2020
I’m lost for words right now man we were just talking like I was back home reminiscing about old times how me and your brother ruled Preston little league

Kyle lake
   Posted Mon September 28, 2020
I’m lost for words right now as many nights iv spent with you your brother and mom in Preston ruling Preston little league fucking with ray deptulski . Man we were just talking like a month ago asking about my kids I was saying your doing great little guy looks just like you . I just want to say you were a true friend to me as your brother and mom . I love ya bud and will see you again some day RIP . KYLE LAKE 🙏🏻

Jorene Couture
   Posted Mon September 28, 2020
I am so sorry for your loss.

Tammy Cronin Bouffard
   Posted Tue September 29, 2020
Thinking of you in these difficult times my heart is breaking for you. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I am so so sorry it is beyond words. I am here for you. Anything you need let me know I am only a phone call away. Love you always xoxo

Charlene Anthony
   Posted Tue September 29, 2020
Deepest sympathy to you and your family. Healing love to you.

Mark Ciliano
   Posted Tue September 29, 2020
To the Ballestrini and Faraci Families,
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.

Cindy Wheeler
   Posted Tue September 29, 2020
My heart is very heavy for you. I am so sorry for the loss of your son. May God guide you through every day as you keep him close to your heart. I am going to pray for you guys and please reach out if I can do anything for you. Love Cindy Wheeler

Constance bonner
   Posted Tue September 29, 2020
Denise bob and family. So sorry for your sudden loss. My thoughts are with you.

Chrissy n Gavin Furey
   Posted Tue September 29, 2020
Sorry for your loss Luke was such an amazing guy with a huge heart

Catherine and John crawford
   Posted Tue September 29, 2020
Bill and Judy and to the whole family we are so very sorry for the passing of your son Luke. He had such a good heart. We love you all PEACE JOHN AND CATHY

Matt Knight
   Posted Tue September 29, 2020
My heart breaks for your family. You were all always so kind to me. Luke was one of the sharpest and most hilarious people out there. He'd recently gotten in touch with me after something like 25 years and we were looking forward to getting together to catch up one of these days. So many inside jokes were remembered, and we cracked each other up like no time had passed at all. He was truly one of a kind. Wishing you guys peace and healing.

Luis Nazario
   Posted Tue September 29, 2020
Luke was a really great guy and amazing father to his son Mason, he also loved his Girlfriend so much, he was always telling me how much he loved her, he was always a really happy man, sorry to see you go buddy, Your neighbors will miss you, We were suppose to watch the saints game this Sunday 💔

   Posted Thu October 01, 2020
This is truly a tragedy, luke had the biggest kindest heart. I've never been so blessed to have had him not only in my life but my family! I have never felt so special and truly loved by luke I honestly have never felt love and happiness with anyone until I met luke. Not only my best friend, but the truth in love I never felt before.He always was positive and very charismatic, luke could bring you back to life with his energetic witty and exuberant personality, but most of all loving and caring heart.He always wanted to help anyone in distress emotionally or physically if I was upset he lifted me up. He could read my body language and know exactly how I was feeling, he always promoted my self worth and brought happiness into my life. I found true love in luke, like an angel on earth, God needed him in heaven an angel born on earth and heaven. My heart will always be his I am blessed I found him hurt hes gone but I know hes watching us as an angel In heaven. Hid heart was to big for this world causing him to hurt with a world of hatred and despair. Luke was the light in this world he saw the good in everyone. Helping others was his forte. He was extremely intelligent emotionally and mentally, he could read people easily using his loving and caring heart to help others in any manner. Luke will be loved by so many people. I love him to the point I was there ever second at the end with me he never was alone we always loved and promoted each other. Luke had the best sense of humor I'll miss his laugh I'll miss his stories I'll miss staying up all night laughing and making crazy songs about whatever was on our mind, laughing talking telling each other stories all night until we laughed our selves to sleep. I will forever love him God bless in heaven he resides.

Mary Ann Plourde grandmother
   Posted Fri October 02, 2020
There are no words that can be said that would tell of my never ending love I have for Luke.He has always been a wonderful and thoughtful grandson to me. He brought me much joy and happiness as a young boy and young man. He never forgot me in my old age. He would call, text , and send pictures, that made me happy.On his son Masons first birthday, he wanted me to come and meet him. Me in Fl. them in Ct. The boy is everything Luke said he was. I was so happy that Luke included me in such an wonderful day. So many memories. I love him so much. I will always carry him in my heart, right next to Pep. Until we meet again, seeing that wonderful smile of yours. Gram xoxo forever!

Josh Ballestrini
   Posted Sat October 03, 2020
Words cannot describe how much you meant to me. Ever since birth we had a bond that only brothers can have. Being only a year apart we did everything together growing up and I always looked up to you.We had so many good times and I will never forget them. One of the moments that I’ll never forget is catching for you when you pitched a perfect game on the Sr league Cubs. 18 strikeouts in 6 innings. Still to this day I have never seen a performance like that. You were a natural at anything you did. No matter what we did we had fun doing it ,like the time we spent the entire day building a baseball card shop at the end of mom’s driveway and not one person stopped to buy a card. We loved to reminisce about the old days. It didn’t matter what life threw our way growing up because we had each other to get through it together. I’ll never forget the way that always had my back. Many people never realized that you were not one to mess with and found the hard way.Never one to look for a fight but never one to back down.You were so witty and master of words. The gift to gab as you would say. One of the things I always admired about you was the way that you would tell it like it is no matter what the consequences.You also had a heart of gold and I’ve seen that many of times. Your sense of humor and your quick comebacks would have me laughing until my stomach hurt. It was never a dull moment with you. You just had that energy about you.You will be so greatly missed by me and many others that love you. I hope Mason grows up to have some of your great qualities but I know he will.Over the years as we got older we both went down different paths and even though we did not see eye to eye on some things it never changed the love I have for you. You always had my back and I will always have yours. I will always remember the good in you because it will ALWAYS out way any negative. You will always be with me my brother.

   Posted Sat October 03, 2020
Always will you hold a special place in my heart, I hope you knew how special you were to so many people, including myself. Even though it has been years, it seems like yesterday. The memories of happy times will never fade. Countless Yankees games, playing catch, George Strait, running the pool tables, your love for all music-even Franky Valli, countless Friday nights with Josh+Kim, you retelling your "no-hitter" story a hundred times, how you always looked up to your younger brother, endless laughs and inside jokes. I always wished you the best in life and I'm sorry your journey had so many struggles. You were intelligent, charismatic, talented, hilarious, and loved. You are now at peace, and hanging out with your Pep 💙 always, Natalie

Denise Faraci
   Posted Sat October 03, 2020
My Duke, My Little Pookey, I lost a big part of my heart when you passed. You and I were very close, thru the good times, the bad, I never once wanted to give up loving you. We laughed, cried, and continued to love each other unconditionally. You, your brother Josh, and your sister Marianne were my world. I remember the long nights sitting on our deck, having our laughs, sharing our struggles. I always said to you that I loved you and your siblings the same, no matter how successful you thought they were, saying to you that I love you all equally and if I lost one of you, my life would never be he same, like cutting off a limb. You were such a joy to have, such a joy to love even during the hard times. I always thought that I could make life easier for you, but I feel that I failed. I know you are in Heaven with your Pep, no more pain, no more sorrow. I will see you agin someday, for now Duke, I will see you in my dreams. I love you. 444

Rich Plourde
   Posted Sun October 04, 2020
I just don’t know what to say except I love you and I’m going to miss you. I have so many memories, especially in your younger years. You loved your sports and those video games. I’ll always remember that great smile, and your caring ways. You had your tough times as well, but the real Luke was a compassionate person who loved everyone. I wish you didn’t leave so early. It’s a tough pill to swallow. Rest In Peace Lukus. Pep is waiting for you way up in the Upper deck looking down on everyone. I love you always. “You are the Victor”.

Jessica Turner
   Posted Mon October 05, 2020
To the family,
I am so sorry for your loss. Luke was an old friend and someone I will always remember for his positive energy, spirit and fun loving nature.

Bill Dwyer
   Posted Mon October 05, 2020
We your Union family offer you all our condolences in the lost of your son.

Bill Dwyer
Local 571

Robert Faraci,
   Posted Mon October 05, 2020
When I came into Denise’s life, who knew that I would have three more kids to love. It is hard to believe that God would call Luke home so early in life, I guess heaven needed someone that was so full of life. I was blessed to have been in Luke’s life and will truly miss him. The one thing that can’t be taken away are all the good memories of Luke. When we had picnics at the house he would always get everyone out in the back yard for a whiffle ball game. He always would want to know how I liked his beats that he worked on for hours. There are many more good memories I will never forget. If you knew Luke you know that he would be there if you needed him. I know I will miss him.

Daniel Dale
   Posted Tue October 06, 2020
Denise and Family
So sorry for your loss. Luke was a part of many lives over the years, and will be missed.
I pray that God will give you comfort and pleasant memories of your sons life.


Daniel Dale

Sue Faraci
   Posted Tue October 06, 2020
Luke’s smile drew attention. His big heart, quick wit, and abundance of love made him known to many. He loved to laugh and joke around with anyone. His sense of humor was 2nd to none and created a way of communication all his own. It’s our loss but heaven’s gain. He is at peace now and can rest easy!

Beverly Valdez
   Posted Thu October 08, 2020

Small Spathiphyllum was sent by Beverly (A friend of Melissa's).

To the family of Luke Ballestrini, Wishing you some small comfort in this time of sorrow. From, Beverly (Melissa's Friend)

Joseph Gaetano
   Posted Fri October 09, 2020

Fields of Ireland Fireside Basket was sent by IBPO local 731.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you. IBPO local 731

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