On June 24, 2012, after a short illness, Dr. Michael W Fallon Jr. peacefully passed away at his home in Skaneateles, New York surrounded by his wife and seven children. He went home to God.
It was an epic life. Born September 14, 1924, in Hartford, Connecticut, to Michael W. Fallon Esq. and Margaret Hynes Fallon, as Dr. Michael W. Fallon. Known as Mickey by friends and family, spent his childhood on Westcott Street with 11 siblings - From the beginning Dr. Fallon understood the necessity and reward of hard work – the oldest son of a large family during the great depression – Dr. Fallon often helped provide his parents and siblings with food and more importantly comfort. Hardships were real but Dr. Fallon, raised a devout Roman Catholic, knew that with faith he would persevere – Wise beyond his years his faith laid the foundation for the rest of his life – giving all that knew him a model and the ability to trust and surrender their will to God – this would be his legacy.
At the age of 19, Dr. Fallon joined the prestigious US ARMY and as a Corporal in Artillery from 1943 to 1946. He served in European Theater in combat, received four combat Battle Stars for battles at Utah Beach, Battle of France, Battle of the Bulge and one for the Battle of Germany. One of his most treasured recognitions was receiving a Bronze Star during combat from General George S Patton. In 1994 Dr. Fallon was honored by the Prime Minister of France and in 1996 he was decorated for his service by the Queen of Luxembourg and King of Demark. The following Year he received the New York State Conspicuous Service Cross Award, which is the highest New York State Military Award. Along with his brothers, William Fallon Esq., Dr. Paul Fallon, Dr. Thomas Fallon – Mickey received the Catholic Charities Community Service Award in 2004. On May 16, 2009 Dr. Fallon was awarded the title of Worthy Sir Knight and received honors of the fourth degree of the Knights of Columbus. – which fosters love of God and country.
While in the military was an important time – it was while he was in the Army that he discovered his career, his passion - dentistry and oral surgery. He often reminisced on how he found his calling in the Army – and the day that he witnessed Soldiers and civilians lined up down and around several blocks to have their teeth cared for. People in pain, people who were desperate – people who needed help.
Upon returning from WWII Dr. Fallon set his sights on helping those people and earning a career in oral surgery.
In just 3 years Dr. Fallon graduated from Syracuse University and in 1949 he was accepted to Georgetown University Dental School – where he went on to graduate in 1953 Cum Laude, Valedictorian, receiving several awards at graduation including the Alpha Omega Award from Georgetown University College of Dentistry recognizing him for the highest academic standing for four years of graduate studies. After a residency at Bellevue Hospital Medical Center in New York City – his career began. His private practice first opened in downtown Syracuse, NY eventually moving to an office in Camillus.
Many organizations have paid homage to Dr. Fallon through his academic, professional and personal life including his distinguished service to professional organizations such as the New York State Dental Association and American Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.
A member of organized dentistry for close to 60 years, Dr. Fallon has made many contributions to the profession - including serving as a member on the New York State Dental Association's Board of Governors for over a decade, and then elected NYSDA President in 2001.
There hasn't been a board, a committee or a club meeting that Dr. Fallon has not be recognized by or helped - He has a profound respect for higher education and sat on a number of boards and committees for Syracuse University, Lemoyne College and Georgetown University Dental School. In 2006 he was honored with the Distinguished Service Award from the American College of Dentists. Professionally he was awarded the Georgetown University Distinguished Service Award.
Over the years he achieved and maintained prestigious hospital affiliations with St. Josephs Hospital Health Center, Community General Hospital, Crouse Irving Memorial Hospital and Upstate Medical Center.
At the age of 85 Dr. Fallon retired from his private practice (shared with Dr. Joseph F Finelli Jr.) – what a remarkable career it was.
Dr. Fallon was by all accounts an extraordinary human being. But not solely defined by his academics or career. An avid golfer, talented oral surgeon, a loyal and loving husband, a proud father, attentive grandfather, a motivating brother, a welcoming father-in-law, an inspiring mentor and a true friend – He gave selflessly building and investing into anyone who came across his path. Dr. Fallon taught others through story and experience. He treasured the moments he could help someone – and often shared his own formula for success – the 3 A's – In order to be successful you were to desire and practice to have Ability, be Available to do the hard work and to help others and most importantly be Affable … be likeable, be kind.
Dr. Fallon mastered his 3 A's and while he enjoyed a successful career, he never forgot where he came from or what was important.
Some may remember him by his larger than life personality, or for his love of Bellevue Country Club's golf and cards, he could be remembered for his sense of humor, or for his wisdom and intelligence – his family will forever remember him by the integrity he brought to every situation and the faith in God that shaped him to be more than just the consummate gentleman – a devout Roman Catholic - he was a man of honor at heart. He was never without a smile, a whistle or a ball retriever and had an infectious, unmistakable laugh that will forever be his trademark.
It must be said that his love and adoration for his wife was immense. This July 5 will celebrate what would have been Mickey and his wife Patricia's 60th wedding anniversary. Even after 60 years he still remarked at how she was the most beautiful woman he had ever seen. We often joked that if there was a song playing and space to dance – they were dancing. Their commitment to each other, their marriage and their family is truly to be sought after – and shows that true love does in fact exist. Mickey and Pat shared a deeply profound love for one another.
Dr. Fallon is survived by his wife Patricia Mulgannon Fallon, and by his seven children: Patricia Van Brunt, Kathleen F. Byrne, Colleen Arnold, Maureen Drum, Dr. Michael W Fallon III, Patrick Fallon Esq. and Mark F. Fallon, and predeceased by an infant son, John Fallon. Patricia and Dr. Peter Van Brunt have two children; Peter and Margaret Sposato, Kathleen and Phil Byrne have two daughters; Kathleen Byrne-Pendergast and Amy, Colleen and Peter Arnold have two children; Jack and Christie, Maureen and Don Drum have 5 children; Don Jr, Joe, Trisha, Michael and Emily, Drs. Michael and Anne Marie Fallon have four children; Michael W Fallon IV, Joesph, Abigail, and Sarah, Patrick and Kathleen Fallon have two daughters; Mary and Kate, Patrick has two daughters by a previous marriage; Lisa Fallon-Stack and Grace. Mark and Genine Fallon have two sons; Mark Fallon Jr. and Patrick – Mark has a daughter by a previous marriage; Shannon. Dr. Fallon was also blessed with two great-grandchildren Clare Stack and Eamonn Pendergast. He is survived by his three siblings, Mary F. Sullivan, Dr. Paul Fallon, and Dr. Thomas J. Fallon, sister in-law Norine McKee and brother in-law Don Mulgannon as well as many nieces and nephews. Mickey was predeceased by siblings Sally, Bill, Peggy, Barbra, Jake, Ann Evangelista and Patrick.
Calling Hours: 2 to 6 p.m. Tuesday at St. Mary's of the Lake Church, Jordan Street, Skaneateles, NY.
Funeral Service: 11 a.m. Wednesday at the church. Burial is in St. Mary's Cemetery, Skaneateles.
The family requests contributions be made to St. Mary's of the Lake Church or St. Joseph's Hospital oncology Nursing Dept.
The Lord keeps watch over you as you come and go, both now and forever.