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John Francis Falvey Obituary
John Francis Falvey Died - Jan. 26, 2014 NORWICH - John Francis Falvey, known to many as Umpa, died peacefully in his sleep Sunday morning. He was 84. John, who lived in Norwich most all his life, was born to Daniel and Mary Ellen (Navin) Falvey. He was a proud 1947 graduate of the Norwich Free Academy and a veteran of the U.S. Army, in which he served from May 19, 1951 to August 5, 1952 occupying Germany. Soon after, he found his home working for the Southern New England Telephone Company, where he started out as a lineman fixing poles. He worked his way up over the years and retired as a wire chief in 1987. John was a dedicated member of Sts. Peter and Paul Church, where he married his beloved wife, the late Joyce Ann "Nena" (Nelson) in 1953. In the 1960s and 70s, he was active with the Boy Scouts of America, and served as district chairman. He was also an active member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks, the Knights of Columbus and the Telephone Pioneers of America. He loved spending time with family and friends, and couldn't go anywhere without running into a familiar face. He had a certain zest for life that was often complemented by his optimism and sense of humor. He was proud of his Irish heritage and eternal love for meat and potatoes. But above all, John will be remembered for his strength, generosity and fierce dedication to his family. He lived by his word, and lived the words he often gave as advice: Take each day as it comes. John outlived his son, Timothy Albert, sister Helen (Falvey) Guinan and brother Daniel Matthew Jr. He leaves behind his eldest son, John Francis Jr. and wife Kim, his daughter Ellen Kachmar and her children Kala, Keriana, Safi and Timothya Kachmar – all of whom he raised as his own children. He also leaves behind his brother, Arthur Falvey and wife Frances, his sister Ann (Falvey) McGill and husband James, grandchildren Brooke Ann Falvey and Maribeth (Falvey) Doyle, as well as nieces and nephews. His family will receive family and friends from 6 to 8 P.M. Wednesday, January 29 at Labenski Funeral Home, 107 Boswell Ave., Norwich. The funeral service will be held at 10 A.M. Thursday, Jan. 30 at Sts. Peter and Paul Church, 181 Elizabeth St., Norwich, followed by a burial at St. Joseph's Cemetery, 815 Boswell Ave., Norwich.
Published in Norwich Bulletin on Jan. 28, 2014
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