Robert Averdick Falin, 85, of Downingtown died peacefully on June 20th, 2019, surrounded by loving family.
Bob was born November 17th, 1933, in Philadelphia. His family moved to Reading, PA in 1938. Bob always spoke fondly of the years he spent in Reading. He attended Reading Central Catholic High School, where he played basketball and was on the team that became the Central Catholic 1950-1951 State Basketball Champions; in 1999, the team was inducted into the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame.
Bob graduated from Villanova University with a Bachelor of Arts in History and a minor in Business. He then earned an MBA in Organizational Development from Temple University. Professionally, Bob successfully applied his extensive education in hospital, state government, and private high-tech environments; he was the “go to” resource for his extended family and friends. He worked for the Digital Equipment Corporation and the Martin Marietta Corporation for many years. In his retirement, he proudly built Project Management software with his grandson.
Bob was married to his wife MaryAnn (Martin), for over 54 years. They were in love with each other for all of those years. Bob and MaryAnn, attended St. Elizabeth Parish in Chester Springs. Together, they enjoyed dinners, dancing and social events; anything and everything was fun, as long as they were together.
Bob had three children, fifteen grandchildren, and eight great grandchildren, with one more on the way. To his grandchildren he was known as Puda, a nickname given to him to by his eldest grandson. When it came to his grandchildren and great grandchildren Puda loved taking them on trips and exposing them to as much history and culture as he could. This included many trips to Gettysburg, Philadelphia, New York, the theater, and your everyday grandparent adventures; the pool, the shore, Marsh Creek and many others. Instilling memories that lasted a lifetime and beyond was Puda’s forte. He focused much of his time encouraging and supporting his children and grandchildren in their pursuits, attending their activities and sporting events up through the last months of his life.
He was a family man through and through, a gentleman by definition; chivalrous, courteous and kind. He had a presence of old fashion grace, a witty sense of humor, and he carried a banner of pride for his family like no other. He was an honorable man, a loving husband and brother, a protective grandfather, a gracious great grandfather and a loyal friend.
He is preceded in death by his wife MaryAnn, who left us June 1st, 2019. They spent an incredible twenty days apart – the longest time in 54 years they have ever been separated. Being reunited with his Love, seeing his parents, and being in the Lord’s presence is what Bob spoke of the last three weeks. He was in awe of the promise in John 14:13 &14 - that the God who created the world took time to listen to him. There is great sadness in the loss of this great man but there is a great joy that overtakes that pain knowing he is at peace with his lifelong Love in the presence of their Savior, Jesus Christ.
Bob is survived by his brother Thomas Falin and his wife Doris of Glen Mills, PA; three children; Colleen (Falin) and husband Darryl Bull of Downingtown; Donna (Falin, Moran) and husband Gene Weaver of Reinholds; and Robert Falin and wife Roshani (Herath) of Schwenksville. Fifteen Grandchildren, Rhett, Jared, Josiah, Asa, Faith and Glory Bull; Ryan, Brandi, Brad (Weaver), Falin, Chandler, and Hope Grace Moran; Cole, Ella and Connor Falin. Eight great-grandchildren, Tristan, Kaiden, Ariah, Colin, Liam, Killian, Kohen and RaeLynn Sky. And a handful of outlaws; Ruwani, Morgan B., Reeba, Morgan M., Jared, Brian and John.
There will be a Memorial for Bob on August 31, 2019, at noon, at the home of Gene and Donna Weaver, 50 North Blainsport Rd., Reinholds, 17569, all are welcome to attend.