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Leslie Balogh

June 25, 1930 — February 3, 2024

Leslie Balogh

With profound regret, we convey the passing of Leslie Balogh, born on June 25, 1930, in Csokonyavisonta, Hungary, who has recently departed at his residence in Toronto. Raised on a farm, Leslie played a pivotal role in helping to support his family during his childhood. Recognizing the importance of education, he made a decisive move to the urban setting of Budapest after playing for the Hungarian junior national soccer league. There, he pursued studies in machinery, marking the commencement of a journey that would encompass both academic and military pursuits.

Post his educational pursuits, Leslie's life took an unexpected turn as he was drafted into the military, tasked with the challenging responsibility of disabling landmines over a three-year period. Following his service, Leslie successfully navigated the Hungarian revolution and sought refuge in Austria. It was in an Austrian refugee camp that he met Szidonia, the love of his life. Leslie and Szidonia soon married on May 22, 1957 and on March 15, 1958, they welcomed their daughter Eleonora into the world. 

The year 1959 marked the beginning of a new chapter for the Balogh family when they landed in Canada. Faced with initial struggles in downtown Toronto, they persevered, with Szidonia eventually finding a tranquil haven in North Toronto. Leslie's exemplary efforts and astute business choices resulted in partnerships with the automotive sector and involvement in specialized projects with the United States military. 

Beyond his professional accomplishments, Leslie dedicated considerable time to his family and close friends, sharing many weekends and holidays camping, and fishing. An avid traveler, he explored the Caribbean, South America, Europe, and North America, showcasing a profound appreciation for the world's diverse beauty. 

He leaves behind his wife Szidonia, daughter Eli, two grandsons Matthew and Joseph and two great grandchildren Makea and Noah. The fond memories they share of Leslie will never be forgotten. The lessons Leslie taught will always be cherished. He is predeceased by his father Jozsef Balogh, His mother Margit Balogh (nee Nagy) and his sister Ilonka Usth (nee Balogh).

Leslie Balogh, an early adopter of technology, exhibited an innocently playful and joyful demeanor, maintaining a childlike delight in life. Charismatic and naturally evoking respect, his handshake was symbolic of his integrity. A supremely athletic individual, Leslie pursued success with unwavering determination, acknowledging achievements and confronting failures with equal candor. 

As we bid farewell to Leslie Balogh, we honor a remarkable individual whose life embodied resilience, a commitment to family and friends, and an enduring pursuit of both personal and professional success. May he rest in eternal peace

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