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Cathy 
Feb 6, 2013

Comments:
Lu,

It's six months today that you didn't make it home because you were called to a greater home.

I wake up every morning and need to remind myself you're gone. We live with our grief every minute of every day.

We miss you so very, very much.

We are so grateful for you, Lu. I wish you could have stayed longer.

You were loved and are loved and your memory is so very cherished.


Ivo Moković Email
Jan 21, 2013

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Više puta sam pokušao nešto napisati ali uvijek bi to bilo premalo za iskazati osjećaje koji su me obuzeli u trenutku kada sam saznao da te više nema među nama ... toliko toga za reći, a ja nemam riječi...


Maria Matarazzo 
Jan 15, 2013

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Our prayers are with all of you. Thank you for the photos of your years since you moved to Florida. No words can say that he will in my prayers always.

I was in Astoria and when Milly and Tom told me I had to say how my heart is broken for your family. The family is blessed for Luka. . being in it- Tom, Cathy and Tomi God Bless you all and we will continue to pray for you all. Amen. We are here if you need us.  Please keep in touch, MARIA AND LOUIS MATARAZZO.


Iris 
Jan 2, 2013

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Tomislave,

Tek danas sam saznala za tvoju tragediju.

Najiskrenija sućut,

Iris


Sara Email
Dec 31, 2012

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Luka...ne mogu vjerovati da si nas napustio...kad se sjetim naseg djetinjstva i igranja cijelo ljeto u zadru, ne mogu jednostavno vjerovati da život nekada zna biti tako okrutan...Često bi te se sjetila, čak i ovog ljeta kad sam bila dolje, nadajući se da ćemo se sresti. Prijatelju nadam se da si na boljem mjestu i da si spokojan i sretan. Jednog dana cemo se opet sresti...


Julie Kovacevic Email
Dec 29, 2012

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My dearest Luka... you have come to your final destination today. You came home. We said good-bye to you. We cried. We all spoke of how wonderful you are. I just wanted to thank you for stopping by every time you came here. You always found the time to visit. We had so many wonderful conversations about pretty much everything, thank you for trusting me. You will never be forgotten Luka... never. I will always visit you "maleni", just as you always visited me. As I watched the pain in the eyes of your family today, it made me realize for the very first time that you're no longer with us. That this tragedy did happen and that you were taken away from us... too soon. Maleni... you will forever live in our hearts! Your funny laugh, your spirit, your cute smile, corny jokes...everything about you will always remind me of how blessed I was to have known you. Rest in peace our beautiful, beautiful angel. Volimo te Luka i uvijek si nam u srcu.


Tomislav Balenovic 
Dec 25, 2012

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Sine Sretan ti Bozic ....


Candice, Brian and Isabella 
Dec 22, 2012

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Till this day we think of you, we won't forget and as long as this is here we will keep paying our respects. We love you and miss you forever.


Tata Email
Dec 4, 2012

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E sine moj da samo znas kako su teski dani bez tebe.....


Jennifer Ferrara Email
Nov 26, 2012

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Hi Cathy:
I am so very sorry for your loss, please let me know if there is anything  you need.  You and your family are in my prayers!
Sincerely,
Jennifer Ferrara


Rick Taurel  Email
Nov 22, 2012

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It's thanksgiving bro and I'm thinking of ya. You were as close to a brother as ill ever have n it's the holidays in which I miss you most.

Oy oy!!!


Katherine Gonzalez Email
Nov 7, 2012

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Every month on the 6th Luka's memory rings in the back of my brain. His passing has stuck to me as an encouraging light. On the 6th I pray for his family, his love and for his influence even when he didn't know he was doing it.

Sleep with the angels.


Matt Levine 
Oct 30, 2012

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Miss you bro. May you rest in peace.


Donna Email
Oct 30, 2012

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God I am so sorry for your loss. I don't know you just read up on the yoga page and I feel for your family. Your son was so handsome. I just lost my only brother in a car accident in Florida as well 11 months ago and my mom, sister and I have been overwhelmed with grief. My mom was diagnosed with stage three colon cancer immediately following my brothers death. When I asked her how her chemo is going she said, " dealing with this cancer is a walk in the park compared to losing your brother" Again, I am so sorry. My point is, that is the worst pain a parent could ever go through. I am praying for luka and your family for some relief and peace.


Melissa Upton Email
Oct 28, 2012

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Love and miss you Luka!


Thelma Email
Oct 19, 2012

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Dušo naša.... vrijeme ide.... i dalje je sve nevjerovatno...


Frank Bellera 
Oct 18, 2012

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I can't believe I'm seeing this right now! We were friends man - since middle school! So many joyous and hilarious memories together. You'll never be forgotten, Luka. I wish we had the chance to talk again - after all these years that passed. There was so much to catch up on. I guess we'll have that time though - just may take a little while longer. Rest in peace brother, we love you.


George Fairell Email
Oct 12, 2012

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I can't believe God has taken one of his angels so soon... I just saw and spoke to him on August 1, 2012 we talked about life and law enforcement.

Cathy, Tom Sr., Tom Jr. - My prayers are with you all. 


Danijela Hermans (Marijan) ZD Email
Oct 12, 2012

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Dragi Tome i obitelj Balenović,
suosjicam u potpunosti s vašom strašnom boli u ovom trenutku i želim vam puno snage u nadolazecim iskusenjima.Nažalost, vasa obiteljska tragedija i meni je vrlo poznata jer sam izgubila necakinju, od brata kcerku,2007g. kada se dogodila prometna nesreca na otoku Izu i poginulo je troje mladih. Malo tko može zaista razumijeti takvu bol, jer  takva kolicina boli dovodi čovijeka u neku drugu dimenziju za koju nije znao ni da postoji. Zelim vam samo kazati da mi se cinilo da vise nikada necu vidjeti osmijeh na licima svog brata, nevjeste, mame i tate i da ce od ceznje svima srca prestati kucati, evo nakon 5 godina uspona i padova, trazenja odgovora i nacina da se prezivi i nosi sa svime sto nas je spopalo, ma koliko vam to sada zvucalo neutjesno ali ipak ove rijeci: "Bog ti nece dati teret kojeg ne mozes nositi.", imaju smisla. Dragi Tome, zaista suosijecam s tobom i tvojom obitelji, neznam u sto vjerujes, sigurno ce ti vjera biti na kusnji, nadam se da ces naci put koji ce ti biti prihvatljiv. Javi se kada dodes u zd rado cemo te poslusati. Tek sam pred par dana cula za sve od Hele. Jos jednom, zelim ti puno snage i moze se i mora se zivjeti s tim ma koliko ti se bude cinilo da je previse.
S postovanjem Danijela, s otoka Iza


Candice, Brian & Isabella Email
Oct 11, 2012

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Each and every time we see your face it just doesn't seem real. Its been just over 2 months and we cannot seem to come to grips with this. Brian is devastated and misses you more than anyone knows. I miss you and just see your face all the time on Facebook. I see Danielle & Jeff's heartache, your parents heartache and just cannot believe it. Your attitude was one like no others. You inspired so many people and really the world should have more people like you here. Tragedy has hit home, sadly. We love you. We miss you. Not a day has gone by that we have not had you on our minds or in our thoughts. Your smile has enlightened us all till this day. God bless. See you soon. </3 

With love always,
Brian, Candice & Isabella


Ellen  
Oct 11, 2012

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I miss you so much Luka. It doesn't get better with time. It almost feels less real. Please visit my dreams soon, I could use a dog walk talk. I know you're much better off up there than down here, but it still hurts. We all love you and miss your smile. <3


Anita 
Oct 11, 2012

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Words don't come easily ...
I was impressed with such a fine young man, with such sincere look and smile. With what he had already achieved and planned...
I can not still believe what happened.
You are in our heart and prayers, dear Luka. We'll always miss you.
And we pray for your family, may God be with them and lead them, until one day you'll be together again.

Počivao u miru, dragi naš Luka

Anita & family


vlasta 
Oct 11, 2012

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Dragi moj prijatelju Tome,
tek sam sinoc doznala za tvoju strasnu tragediju. Bili smo na predstavljanju knjige Ljube Stipisica Delmate i bio je koncert njegove klape Salona, in memoriam..a prije pocetka koncerta mi je Danijela rekla sto se dogodilo s tvojim Lukom.
Klapa Salona je odpjevala nekoliko pjesama upucenih Bogu i njegov sin Gibo je rekao da je njegov otac cijelo to vecer tu s nama.
To je sve bilo toliko dirljivo jer sam neprestanp mislila na tvoje dijete i na tebe i tvoju ogromnu bol. A opet..to je bilo toliko znakovito, da bas u tom trenutku sa takvim pjesmama u takvom ozracju dobijem tu strasnu vijest..Oni zaista nisu daleko, ali na zalost tuga je uvijek prevelika i mi smo neutjesni.
Dragi moj prijatelju, primi moje najiskrenije saucesce.
Vlasta


Megan Arpasi Email
Oct 9, 2012

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I'm completely in shock right now and did not find out about any of this until just now on Facebook. I'm deeply saddened at the loss of such an all around great person! You were taken much too soon and will truly be missed luka! My condolences go out to his family and close friends...I still can't believe your gone luka! One day we will all meet again, until then it's not goodbye it's see you later!


Nury Montano Email
Oct 8, 2012

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I will pass out the word to increase awareness
FOR LUKA


Veronica Borrego 
Oct 3, 2012

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Dear Luka,
We did not know each other very well but I know your story from your father and family. I saw you when you would come home to visit and always saw you playing with your brother and walking the dog. I cannot believe that you were taken so suddenly and you deserved more time, but I know your memory will live on in the hearts of everyone you touched no matter how little. It pains me to think of what your family is dealing with, but I hope time will heal their hearts. I know you will always be with them.
Sincerely, Veronica B.


Tonči 
Oct 3, 2012

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Gdje su nestali ljudi s osmjehom za mene?
Kamo su otišle vedre nasmijane žene?
a pred nama je put bez povratka...

Meni zadnja stanica
tebe čeka staza beskraja

A treba mi još jedan dan, još jedna noć
treba mi još samo tren...

Svi smo mi stvoreni za let
za let...
za let na drugi svijet


Romel Giffrard 
Sept 29, 2012

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I'm deeply saddened by your loss. I am currently a student at FGCU and was a student when Luka attended. I remember seeing him around campus and basketball games working with the FGCU police officers. I did'nt know Luka very well, but he always put a smile on Daniell's face, so I know he was a great person. I'll keep his family and friends in my prayers and wanted to say that once your an eagle, your always an eagle, RIP Luka.


Marija Suric 
Sept 26, 2012

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Strašno je zamisliti da više nisi među nama, da nikad više nećeš doći za feštu, zagrliti svih dok dječački osmjeh titra na tvom licu. Uvijek sam vjerovala u tvoju dobrotu i to se sad pokazalo jer Bog uzima k sebi samo najbolje. Spavaj mirno anđele!


Julie 
Sept 26, 2012

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Cathy, Tomislav and Tomi, It has taken me quite a long time to write these words...I have been in a state of denial since the tragedy that claimed Luka's life took place, repeating again and again, "this can't be true, this could not have happened." But it is and it did and my heart---and so many hearts!---is heavy with an indelible sadness knowing and finally accepting that Luka is no longer able to shed his warmth, his kindness and his love on all of those whom he touched in his too-short but rich and generous life. Luka is part of the universe now. Luka's new home is in our hearts.


Ida Jelaska Email
Sept 24, 2012

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What a beautiful tribute to a wonderful young man!  The horrible news of your passing shocked us all and still doesn’t seem real.  You will live is our hearts and minds forever and this beautiful Memorial to your memory is most fitting.   We love you always Luka.  Ida, Daniela & Kate


Sandi Novak 
Sept 24, 2012

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My sincere thoughts and prayers to all of you. No words can describe how sad and sorry I feel. Dear Luka, rest in peace.


Lowell Stern 
Sept 18, 2012

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To Luka's family, 

Luka's warm spirit and love for family & friends is evident in the wonderful pictures on this site.  Our thoughts and prayers are with you.


Lowell Stern & Juleen Savarese


Vikki McConnell 
Sept 17, 2012

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Luka was a warm and friendly addition to our department. I thoroughly enjoyed his company. Luka worked for us over the course of several years off and on, but always stayed in touch. You raised such a nice man and I will certainly miss him so much. I am so incredibly sorry for your loss. Love and prayers to your family.


Ken Stiglitz Dubon 
Sept 16, 2012

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Hey Luka, I wish we didn't have to part ways. I've known you for years and never thought this could happen, but I know for a fact that with every good person that ever lived, you never judged me, you were always cool to me and it was an honor to have lived side by side...sorry for our loud Spanish parties lol, but in a nut shell man, I'll miss you and I wish we could have run into each other man, do me favor say hello to John Lennon for me. Rest in peace, Luka


Donald Neuerman 
Sept 16, 2012

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Thanks for sharing the smiles.


Flats (aka Jamie( 
Sept 16, 2012

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Luka went to school (FGCU) at the same time as me. He was older and we usually crossed paths at the gym or at our many Eagle Athletic Events. He was very passionate about the work he did, kind to others and a great friend. Forever and Eagle, always an Eagle...R.I.P Luka. 

xo Jamie 'Flats' Flatley


Joann Smith 
Sept 16, 2012

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Luka was an extraordinary young man. He was our son Ty's roommate and close friend. Our heart's are broken and Luka changed all of us by having known him. Luka will be FOREVER in our heart's. Our love goes out to his family, friend's, and all that loved him. God Speed Luka...xoxoxo Love, The Smith's.. Mitch, Joann, Ty, Jake, and Duell"


Nancy Schoonover Espin 
Sept 8, 2012

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Dearest Luka, Only yesterday you were just a little boy playing in the park with your dog Jera keeping watch. You grew into manhood giving your parents, grandparents, friends and family much of which to be proud. The outpouring of love for you speaks to the quality of your life. If there is such a thing as a guardian angel, and I believe that there is, I know that you will be watching over the ones you love here on earth from that place that knows only softness love, light and wisdom. Great blessings to you and your family, girlfriend, friends and of course your beloved dog. Written with heartache....Aunt Nancy


MANUEL BONILLA Email
Sept 7, 2012

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Excellent person, great kid always smiling, walking his dog Lolie.... Always came to the gate house at Blue Lagoon to talk with us the security guards,about motorcycles, his dream to enter the Navy, and just to say hi.....We miss you good friend...We ll see you there.......


stephen cantara Email
Sept 6, 2012

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luka was the most amazing kid that i had ever spoken too kind and a true gentleman had so many goals in life great kid and i had never met luka talked to him almost everyday for months and i miss him liking and commenting on my photos of my motorcycle and he had soo many goals i wrote him up a gym routine and meal plan on that sunday sent him some new handle bars and tool bag that was giving to me by my grandfather cuz i knew he would appreciate that emencly hell truly be missed and it truly is only the good that go young


Rebecca Ormiston 
Sept 5, 2012

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I met Luka during my freshman year, when I attended FGCU. I saw him often at the building I lived in, and I was roommates with his partner at the time, so naturally Luka became a friend as well.  Over the following years, we all became RAs for student housing.

When I heard of his passing, I was deeply affected...very upset. I've thought about him since then. I felt remorse for not keeping in touch with him.

What do I remember? I remember:
  1. The tattoo on his ankle. It was very cool.
  2. His voice. I don't remember the stories he told verbatim, but I remember the warmth in his voice.
  3. He would make fun of my car. He called it the "cheese wagon." It was very yellow. The name stuck. I remember we all went grocery shopping, and he sat in the back like a giant in a toy car.
  4. His building during his career as an RA: All of the residents loved him.
  5. His helpful nature. He helped other RAs easily, without ridicule or expecting anything in return.
  6. His goofy sense of humor.
  7. His walk: a bouncy gait, full of life.
  8. I once saw him when he was angry. I can't remember what the anger was about, but I remember thinking that even in that moment he was a gentle soul.
  9. His laughter: Loud. Almost childlike. Beautiful.

Some of these memories might sound trivial, but I think that all of it contributes to the special person that Luka was. He was beautiful. He had a big heart and was a good listener. I remember that people looked to him for understanding, humor, and a good time. 

Since his death, I have thought about whether or not he will check up on his friends and loved ones from above. I hope so. I think many people can benefit from his loving nature, even in the afterlife. I see the photos of loved ones drinking a toast to him, and I truly believe that he knows and is smiling. 

It took me a long time to decide to write this post... I couldn't process it all at first, and I am deeply saddened by this event. I am happy that I knew Luka and can say that he played a formative role in my college experience, and that has shaped me as a person.

I miss him and wish his family the best.


Shane  
Sept 5, 2012

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So sorry for your loss. I never met Luka, but I'm moved by his story. I too was in a major accident, at the hands of a careless driver, just 4 days before Luka's accident. I spent 10 days in ICU, and wonder why and how I made it. I wish you a peaceful future, and a healed heart. Again, I'm very sorry for your loss.

Shane
10 yr. Vet, USAF


Nikki Email
Sept 5, 2012

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I didnt know Luka very well, but i remember meeting him in high school and him being the only other Croatian there with me (...and from the same town) which automatically made me adore him... Luka, may you rest in peace!! my prayers are with your family <3


Alan Schoonover Email
Sept 3, 2012

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Thanks for the time we had together.  I got to know a great young man who is being missed very much.  I look forward to seeing you in the next life. Until then -- keep shooting straight.  With love, Uncle Alan


Joann Email
Sept 2, 2012

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I haven't been able to write anything until now.  Everytime I read the comments, i end up crying and unable to express myself.  My heart goes out to your family Luka!  The young Luka I knew was funny, intelligent, handsome, polite and just a great guy!  Did i mention handsome???  What a senseless tragedy and loss.  You were definitely loved my dear. Rest in peace beautiful Luka.
Joann


Alisa & Fernando Diez Email
Sept 1, 2012

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What a beautiful tribute to your beautiful Luka....what comes through in the photos is the joy. May you carry the joy of him with you for the rest of your days. I know he is carrying all the joy and love you all gave him. Bless you all.
Love, Alisa, Fernando and Mateo


Safiyya Khan (exAF) 
Sept 1, 2012

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Deepest condolences to Cathy and family. May the many wonderful memories of his life bring you solace at this difficult time.


Shane Conrad Email
Aug 31, 2012

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I never meet Luka, but talked alittle on IG. I followed him on IG cause he was a fellow biker. Not a "tuff guy" biker, but one who just loved to ride. His pictures always made me smile.  He will sadly be missed.


Kat Therrien Email
Aug 31, 2012

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Luka may God hold you in the palm of his hand and his dwelling an everlasting light
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