Falcone, Francis J. TAVARES, Fla. Francis "Frank" J. Falcone, 82, former mayor of the village of Waterford, died Friday, May 4, 2012 at his residence surrounded by his loving family after a courageous battle with cancer. Born and educated in Waterford, he was son of the late Nicola and Rose Bacciochi Falcone. Frank resided in Waterford most of his life before moving to Florida in October of 2000. He also lived in Schaghticoke for a number of years. Mr. Falcone was a route driver for the Dairy Lea Milk Co. for 35 years serving the Waterford and Capital District areas. He also was employed at Bobrick Wash Room Equipment Co. in Clifton Park and Pollock's Home Center in Troy. Frank was a World War II Navy veteran. Over the years Frank has given selflessly and generously to his community. He served in many public service capabilities, including being an early member of the Waterford Rescue Squad, Waterford town constable, Waterford town councilman, village of Waterford trustee mayor of this country's "Oldest Incorporated Village" which he felt except for his family was one his his greatest accomplishments. He spent many years involved in the Waterford Youth Baseball Program, was a life member of the F.B. Peck Hose Fire Co. of the Northside fire district and was a member of the Cohoes-Waterford Elks Lodge. He was a communicant of St. Mary's of the Assumption Church. One only needs to stroll along Waterford's Waterfront Promenade and Visitors Center to grasp the vision, dedication, commitment and love Frank had for his little community. When waterfront improvement and revitalization was only a gleam in a few people's eyes, Frank was fighting for his Waterford to get a big piece of the action. He was constantly reminding people that Waterford was the actual "Gateway to the NYS Canal System" which now is the town of Waterford's official logo. Some of Frank's greatest times were bailing hay and working hard on the Arnold Farm with his son Mike in Schaghticoke. He also enjoyed spending time with his wife Barb, son Craig, daughter Rene and kids, and other family members at their camp in Lake George. Frank was an avid horse man and owned a couple of his own over the years. He loved going to the Saratoga Harness Night Track to watch the horses run and bet on a winner. Frank is survived by his wife Barbara J. Amato Falcone; two sons, Craig (Christine) Falcone of Waterford, Michael (Gayle) Thyrring of Virginia; one daughter Noreen (Robert) Mielenz of Waterford; three brothers, Albert Falcone of Virginia, Louis Falcone of Fla., Nick Falcone of N.J.; one sister Mary Ceipel of Malta; seven grandchildren, Katelyn and Mark Thyrring, Tony (Kate) Roy, Nichole (Ian) Ahl, Dennis Mielenz, Dustin and Brandon Falcone; four great- grandchildren, Corey, Zoe, Phoebe Ahl and Aiden Roy; one sister-in law Carol Sheffer of Waterford; also survived by several nieces and nephews. Frank was predeceased by his three sons, Allen, Mark and Dennis Falcone; brother Thomas Falcone; sister Lena Beureguard and granddaughter McKenzie Falcone. Relatives and friends are invited to join a funeral procession that will commence Thursday, May 24 at 1 p.m. from the Philip J Brendese Funeral Home, 133 Broad Street, Waterford. A committal will follow at the Gerald B. H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Cornerstone Hospice, 2445 Lane Park Rd., Tavares, FL 32778 c/o Blue Team in memory of Frank. To express your sympathy or leave a treasured memory visit, Brendesefuneralhome.com
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Published in Albany Times Union on May 21, 2012