Robert James Faliski, Sr., 83, passed away Friday, April 11. Mr. Faliski was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. on April 15, 1930. Robert, also known as Bob or Coach, has been a resident of Port Saint Joe for over 58 years. Bob was in the Air Force when he fell in love with Jean and the area. In 1948, he graduated from SS Seward Institute in Florida, New York. He worked for St. Joe Paper Company for over 42 years.
Bob was active in the community supporting and coaching young men in little league baseball, friends of the library, where Jean worked for over 35 years, and started an old car club. Bob was a member of the Lion's Club of Port St. Joe, charter member of the Gulf Rifle Club, life time member of Gulf County Public Library, past member of the Port St. Joe Parents Band Member and coach to the Dixie Baseball team, Tappers' Dozier's. He worked with the Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts. He was a member of Saint James Episcopal Church in Port St. Joe for over 58 years serving as past Senior and Junior Wardens, Lay Reader, member of the Vestry, Acolyte Director and choir member. Bob's love for animals was ongoing throughout his life. He was active in churches, clubs, organizations, volunteer groups, hobbies and other things that were important to his loved ones. Bob served four years in the United State Air Force and three years in the United Air Force Reserves.
Bob is survived by his wife of 63 years, Jean Elizabeth Faliski; two children, Robert Faliski, Jr. and wife, Judy, of Washington and Rosemary Lhotan and husband, Richard, of California; four grandchildren, Joy Faliski of Washington, Richard Lhotan, Jr. of Texas, MaryJean Lhotan of Missouri and Hunter Lhotan of California; older brother Charles Faliski and his wife Eleanor; and nieces and nephews in Florida, New York, California and Utah.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m, ET on Tuesday, April 15, at Saint James Episcopal church in Port St, Joe with Rev. Tommy Dwyer officiating. Interment followed at Magnolia Cemetery in Apalachicola. Expressions of sympathy may be submitted or viewed atwww.southerlandfamily.com.