Ray M. Falco, 84, of Hoboken passed away peacefully in the presence of his family at home on Friday, December 4, 2020. Born in Hoboken.  Ray proudly served his country in the United States Air Force from 1955 – 1961. Ray was on the Hoboken Fire Department from 1960 – 1987 as the Deputy Fire Chief for twenty-eight years. After retiring, Ray became the Sub Fire Code Official for the City of Hoboken for forty-one years. He was a member of the International Association of Firefighter’s and the Fireman’s Mutual Benevolent Association; and the Hoboken P.A.L. Board of Director’s.  He was the past president of the Hoboken Officers Local 1076, a member of the Mayor’s Arson Advisory Committee and the Fire Marshall’s Association of North America. Ray was an avid baseball coach, who earned membership in the Hoboken Hall of Fame and awarded the Jerry Malloy honor. He was a coach for the Mighty Might Football team and the Babe Ruth Baseball League. Ray was also a member of the Kiwanis Club and Rotary Club for the Mile Square City.

He is predeceased by his parents, Michael and Anna (nee Gallo), his loving wife Helen (nee Mercurio) Falco in 2014 and son-in-law, Chris DeSimone in 1999.

Ray will be sadly missed by his cherished children, Debbie Scardigno and her husband Vito, Michael Falco, Bob Falco and his wife Janice, Jane DeSimone and Raymond Falco. A great joy in Ray’s life were his grandchildren, Vito, Stephanie, Ray, Jessica, Julia, Bob, Dante and Alyssa; and his great-grandchildren, Eva and Eden.

The Funeral Mass will be offered on Monday, December 7, 2020, 12PM at St. Ann Catholic Church, Hoboken. Interment will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington, NJ.  Visitation will be held on Monday, December 7, 2020, beginning at 8:30AM and concluding at 11:30AM. Parking available in rear of memorial home off Sixth Street.

For the safety of in-person attendees and our staff, gatherings at Failla Memorial Home will currently follow the latest guidelines as described here: 

  • All people attending must wear a mask while inside and around the outside of the funeral home. 
  • For safety, the number of attendees indoors will be limited to a reduced capacity according to currently allowed levels and shall be monitored by the management.
  • All attendees must practice social distancing while paying their respects.


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