John J. Fallon
John J. Fallon, former Thorndike resident and summer resident of Islesboro, died July 30 in Hellertown, Penn. He was 78 years old.
John was born in Hackensack, N.J., on June 18, 1936. He spent his childhood in nearby Wood-Ridge, where he developed a life-long interest in most sports, particularly basketball, a game in which he excelled as a high-school student.
In 1962, John married Elizabeth Lansing, of Rutherford, N.J., and Islesboro. They moved to Maine in 1968, living successively in Waterville, Oakland, and finally Thorndike where Elizabeth taught for two decades. John worked various jobs before joining Tilcon paving in Fairfield in 1977, retiring from that company in 1994.
John was an easygoing man who laughed a lot, but he also liked to stir things up sometimes. He worked hard to ensure that no referee undermined the efforts of Mount View soccer and basketball teams, for example. Further, he relished the opportunity to speak his mind passionately at Thorndike’s annual town meeting.
John, like Elizabeth, believed mightily in the power of education. He supported Elizabeth’s many classroom projects by (generally) enthusiastically creating billboards and other resources. More importantly, though, he encouraged his children and their friends to always keep learning. He was rightly convinced that education would open doors of opportunity not just in Waldo County, but the broader world, too.
Missing John are his sister, Margaret Stickney, of Washington, D.C.; son Timothy and wife Lesley, of Center Valley, Penn.; daughter Marybeth McCarroll and husband Robert, of Denver, Colo.; son Colin and wife Melinda, of Fairfax, Va.; and grandchildren Zackary Read; Michaela Fallon; and Sebastian, Celia, and Eliana Vander Ploeg Fallon. John was predeceased by Elizabeth.
A graveside ceremony for family and friends will be held at Maple Grove Cemetery, Islesboro, on Aug. 19 at 11 a.m.