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Stanley Falconer, 93, of Manchester-by-the Sea, died August 15, 2016. He had been living in assisted living homes since 2000; Shore Cliff in Magnolia and Brighton Gardens in Danvers, and at Ledgewood Nursing Home since 2012. He was buried on August 25 in Kensico Cemetery, Valhalla, N.Y., with his parents and other family members.
Stanley was born and raised in Dobbs Ferry, N.Y., where he graduated from high school in 1940. He spent the next three years studying electrical engineering at MIT. In July 1943, Stanley enlisted in the US Navy Reserve where he was a top graduate in the Radio Materiel School (Radar) at the Naval Research Laboratory at Bellevue in Washington, D.C., and where he continued as an instructor until the close of the program there in 1946.
He returned to MIT and completed his BS degree, and then worked as an instructor at MIT while doing graduate work in electrical engineering.
In 1950, he went to work for Sylvania Electric Co in their Boston Laboratory where he worked on the design of radar systems for the Defense Department. He subsequently transferred to Sylvania’s missile systems group in Waltham (later known as GTE Sylvania) where he worked for the remainder of his career, retiring in 1983.
Apart from work, he was very devoted to his parents, often commuting back to Dobbs Ferry on weekends to be with them. He spent all of his vacation time with them; either at seaside cottages in Maryland or later in Florida, or on extended road trips together exploring nearly every national park and state in the country.
When his father retired as a New York City banking executive in 1955, Stanley bought a comfortable home on School Street in Manchester. His parents joined him there soon after. His father passed away suddenly in 1969.
During his years in Manchester, Stanley was a quiet supporter of the First Baptist Church (now Cornerstone Church) community. In particular, he was a regular visitor to many elders in their homes and nursing homes. He was self-effacing in speech, in dress, and in everything he did.
Stanley took care of his mother during some 15 years of illness and hospitalizations that led to her death in 1990.
He is remembered as a very special individual by those who knew him.
A memorial service will be conducted on Sunday, October 16, at 3 p.m., at Cornerstone Church, 20 School Street, Manchester, MA.
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