William Joseph Falcone, 63, of Camdenton, Missouri, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 29, at Carolinas Medical Center Dickson Heart Unit in Charlotte, North Carolina.

A memorial service was held Jan. 2 at the South Mecklenburg Presbyterian Church, Pastor Matt Brown officiating. Services were under the direction of Heritage Funeral Home in Charlotte.

A 1966 graduate of LeRoy High School in New York, Bill attended the University of North Texas where he was a member of Theta Chi Fraternity and earned a degree in Physical Education and History. His coaching career began in Vinton, in 1971 and included other coaching assignments in Hitchcock and Corrigan, TX. A former player, Ray Woodard, now Head Football Coach at Lamar University, said, “I learned today that one of my heroes passed away, Coach Bill Falcone. He believed in me when it seemed no one else did.”

After coaching for seven years, Bill started a career with the paper industry, beginning with Owens-Illinois in Orange. He also worked for Nekoosa Packaging and Smurfit Stone, winning numerous national awards as safety and quality control manager. Bill, Dad, Uncle Bill or Grampy. He answered to many names. Friends and family will greatly miss his honesty, kindness and loyalty, not to mention the legendary fishing and golf stories told while watching anything Penn State or LSU.

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife of 40 years, Rebel Stark Falcone, Camdenton, MO; daughter, Becca Falcone Rouse and husband Brian Rouse; son, Bill Falcone; and grandchildren Jordan and Jack Rouse, all of Charlotte, NC; and parents Duffy and Thelma Falcone, LeRoy, NY.

The family wishes to extend its sincere thanks to the compassionate, professional staff of Dickson Heart Unit in Carolinas Medical Center.

For those wishing to make memorial contributions, the family requests they be made in Bill’s memory to Carolinas Medical Center, Dickson Heart Unit, 1000 Blythe Road, Charlotte, NC, 28203.