Our beloved Ernie slipped away from us after a long and courageous battle with cardiovascular disease. Born on June 26, 1929, he was the seventh of nine children born to Agostino and Angelia (Mazzei) Falvo. Ernie graduated from Springfield Technical High School and at 17 enlisted in the US Army, serving in Tokyo under General MacArthur at the end of WWII. He later attended Northeastern University. He married Barbara (Giustina) and in their 61 years together raised five children. Along with his dear Bot, he is survived by their loving and devoted children, Lisa Powis (Tom) and their children Tommy, Joey and Maria; Judy Averill (John) and their children Will, Dan and Lio; Gregory (Karen) and their son Paul; Maria Falvo (Tom Pascocello); and daughter Diana Falvo. Also surviving him are his sisters-in-law, Ida Falvo, Ann Cramer and Judy (Armand) Solimine. He was predeceased by his brothers Raymond, Charles, Thomas, Daniel, and Frederick, and sisters Josephine Falvo, Phyllis McGettrick and Maryann Haraty. Ernie had a long career at Rocky’s Hardware, where he managed a number of stores in Western Mass. In retirement, he found a new passion for computers, which prompted him to co-found the Senior Net Learning Center teaching computer basics to seniors. Mayor Sarno affectionately declared his 90th birthday ‘Ernie Falvo Day’ in recognition of his years of volunteer work. Ernie also enjoyed pitch games and friends at area senior centers. He was an active member of St. Patrick Church. The family thanks the team at Mass General Hospital, and Dr. Valania at the Baystate CHF Clinic for the years of quality they were able to add to Ernie’s life. They also thank everyone at Kind Hands Care at Home and Baystate Hospice for their exceptional loving care. Donations in Ernie’s memory may be directed to St. Patrick Church or the American Heart Association. His funeral will meet directly on Wednesday morning, April 6th at 10:00 AM in St. Patrick’s Church, 1900 Allen Street, with burial and Military Honors to conclude at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, 421 Tinkham Road, all in Springfield. Calling hours will be held at the Byron Keenan Funeral Home & Cremation Tribute Center, 1858 Allen St., on Tuesday evening, April 5th from 4-6 PM.
To send sympathy gifts to the family or plant a tree in memory of Ernest Joseph Falvo, please visit our tribute store.
St. Patrick's Church Building Fund
1900 Allen Street, Springfield MA 01118
American Heart Association
P.O. Box 417005, Boston MA 02241-7005