Ernani C. Falcone, beloved husband and father, passed away on Monday, May 13, 2002 at St. Luke's Hospital in San Antonio. He was born on July 16, 1928 in Upper Darby in suburban Philadelphia where he attended school. He completed his secondary education at Haverford High School. Always a serious student, he received a full scholarship to Princeton University where he graduated in 1950. During the Korean Conflict he served with the U.S. Army in the European Theater. He finished a full career in the U.S. Army Reserves and retired as a full Colonel. He was the first Democrat to be elected in Marple Township in suburban Philadelphia, where he served as the first Democratic Commissioner in 1960. As a political activist, he coordinated John F. Kennedy's presidential campaign in Delaware County, PA. He was a delegate for the 1964 Democratic Convention and was an elector in the Electoral College. He served as Democratic Party Chairman in Delaware County from 1964 to 1976. Always education oriented, he taught at Swarthmore High School and Upper Merlon High School between 1954 and 1989. In his roll as an activist, he headed up Amnesty International in San Antonio. He also worked closely with Habitat for Humanity. Interested in the political thrust of neighborhood associations, he helped to organize many neighborhood groups. The Northwest Neighborhood Alliance, one of the first alliances he organized, recently re-elected him Chairman of the Board. He concurrently served as President of Braun Station West Neighborhood Association. He served on an advisory committee to revise the City of San Antonio's Unified Development Code. He was appointed by Councilman Ed Garza in 1997 to serve as the District 7 Representative on the Zoning Commission. When Councilman Garza was elected to the Mayor's Office, Nani was re-appointed as District 7 Zoning Commissioner by Councilman Julin Castro in 2001. Of Italian descent, he belonged to several Italian/American clubs. Also, he recruited students for Princeton University. In all, he recruited about 750 young men and women for Princeton, with an emphasis on young Hispanics. He was multi-lingual, speaking fluently in English, Italian, French, Spanish, and German. As his final gift to humanity, he requested that his body should be donated to the University of Texas Health Science Center for the purpose of research. He is survived by his wife, Patricia M. Falcone; three children, Julia Christine Falcone, Ernani Christopher Falcone, Claude Edward Falcone and four grandchildren. A Memorial Service will be held on Wednesday, May 22, 2002 at St. Paul's Community Center, 1201 Donaldson Avenue at 10:00 A.M. where his family and his many friends will reflect on his numerous accomplishments, and celebrate his long and productive life. A Luncheon will follow the Service. Guests are asked to bring a covered dish. In lieu of flowers, his family has requested that donations may be made to: Northwest Neighborhood Alliance Nani Falcone Memorial Fund, C/O George Bird, 7811 Valley Trails, San Antonio, TX 78250. The funds will be used for enhancements to the proposed Nani Falcone Community Park (presently French Creek Park).
Published in San Antonio Express-News on May 19, 2002.