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“I was stunned to learn the news about Charlie's untimely departure. We met at Columbia University, where he was a senior and I was a freshman. Thus...Read More »
1 of 59 | Posted by: Peggy Thomson - New York, NY

“Brigitte,I just stumbled upon this news, I'm so very sorry for your loss. I remember Charlie well. He was one of the most fascinating people I...Read More »
2 of 59 | Posted by: Josh Semeter - Boston, MA

“i am very sad to hear of charlie passing away.I grew up with charlie, he taught me how to drive stick shift in an old VW. He also took me flying in...Read More »
3 of 59 | Posted by: Fred Fridriksson - staten island, NY

“I met Charlie last summer at Oshkosh. He and I and several other EAA members shared a house together. I was amazed at his knowledge and love of...Read More »
4 of 59 | Posted by: Timothy Bourgeois - Unionville, CT

“I just got the news today 1/3/11. Words cant fill the hole of sadness I feel. Charlie gets the award for longest restoration of a Piper PA-12 :) And...Read More »
5 of 59 | Posted by: Bill Kittner - Ellenville, NY

“Brigitte, Sorry for your lose. You guys were always a lot of fun. I remember the two of you use to like driving up to Brattleboro just for...Read More »
6 of 59 | Posted by: Brian Murphy - Bristol, CT

“Bridget, I worked with Charlie on the PWC programs. His enthusiasm for technology and aviation was irrepressible. The PWC folks from the PW535...Read More »
7 of 59 | Posted by: Brenda Nuhfer - Granby, CT

“Brigitte, Please accept my condolences. Sincerely, Paul McMurtry ”
8 of 59 | Posted by: Paul McMurtry - Seattle, WA

“I worked with Charlie during the Golden Age at the PW Controls group. At various times I was his co-worker, his employee, and (at least nominally)...Read More »
9 of 59 | Posted by: Dave Salminen - Friend

“I first met Charlie in the mid '90s in an event to advance engine control systems. As fast freinds, I'll never forget his good nature, smiling...Read More »
10 of 59 | Posted by: John Andrea - Glastonbury, CT

“Brigitte, I am truly sorry to hear about your loss. I did not know Charlie well but did find him to be a gracious person. Without hesitation he...Read More »
11 of 59 | Posted by: Eric Rohrbach - Lebanon, CT

“Brigitte, My deepest condolences with the loss of Charlie. I was shock when I heard. I have known Charlie for a number of years and he was a very...Read More »
12 of 59 | Posted by: Frank DeVita - West Suffield, CT

“I thought it was great to have the opportunity to work with a real airliner aficionado when I came to East Hartford in 2000. It was amazing to learn...Read More »
13 of 59 | Posted by: Bill Kirschner - Hartford County, CT

“sincere condolences to the family and to you charles may GOD grant you a "clear to land" ”
14 of 59 | Posted by: CAPT.KENNETH H. CONRAD - bristol, CA

“As soon as you met Charlie there was a feeling of calm. This dates back to when I first had contact with Charlie 30 years ago when we were both new...Read More »
15 of 59 | Posted by: Joe Farrelly - Glastonbury, CT

“I had the pleasure of meeting Charlie on the SAE S18 committee where we worked through complex subjects all to "raise the bar" of avaition safety. ...Read More »
16 of 59 | Posted by: Steve Beland - Lake Forest Park, WA

“The sudden passing of Charlie leaves me, like many I am sure, in a state of disbelief. I will always remember Charlie as an intelligent, inciteful...Read More »
17 of 59 | Posted by: Jim Marko - Ottawa, Ontario

“I knew Charlie through the admiring and loving eyes of his sister, my dear friend, Roberta. I have followed Charlie's adventures and tribulations...Read More »
18 of 59 | Posted by: Jane Leavy - Washington, DC

“My deepest sympathy to family and friends, April Krason Civil Air Patrol ”
19 of 59 | Posted by: April Krason - South Glastonbury, CT

“Brigitte, sorry I couldnt be present to pass on my sincere condeleances to you and your family. Marie ”
20 of 59 | Posted by: Marie Haguel - Glastonbury, CT

“Brigitte, My deepest condolences with the loss of Charlie. Although the shock will wear away with time, your sorrow and grief will remain as you...Read More »
21 of 59 | Posted by: Terry Cowles - co-worker

“I met Charlie in October 2009, when we attended an EAA Chapter Leadership Workshop in Oshkosh, WI. It was at this workshop that Charlie came by my...Read More »
22 of 59 | Posted by: Penny Bowman, President, EAA Chapter 106 - MA

“The continuing taco fiesta's from the 1980's P&W crew will not be the same. Our deepest sympathies to hear about Charlie. He will be dearly missed. ”
23 of 59 | Posted by: Paul and Lori Keurian - Hebron, CT

“Charlie was, in my perspective, an incredible storehouse of aviation knowledge and reasoned arguments in about any aviation design area. I really...Read More »
24 of 59 | Posted by: Richard Kudrna - Montreal, CT

“I met Charlie for the first time a few months ago. He was transporting cadets to Olde Rhinebeck Airdrome and asked if they could join us in our van...Read More »
25 of 59 | Posted by: Art Dammers - North Granby, CT

“Brigitte, Words cannot express how sorry I am to hear of your loss. May you find comfort in the fact that Charlie will live on in our hearts. ...Read More »
26 of 59 | Posted by: Mona Lane - Manchester, CT

“Brigitte, I was very shocked to hear of Charlie's passing. I'm very saddened and sorry for your loss. I have many memories of conversations I had...Read More »
27 of 59 | Posted by: Robert Thoelen - Enfield, CT

“Bridget, no words can express my stunned sorrow and sympathy. When I think of the Falke clan, Charlie was always at the center. One of the rocks of...Read More »
28 of 59 | Posted by: Keith Butler - Seattle, WA

“I met Charlie, about five years ago, through the SAE S18 Committee and consider him a great colleague and an even better friend. He had a wealth of...Read More »
29 of 59 | Posted by: Andy Wallington - Mill Creek, WA

“My prayers are for Brigitte and Charlie. ”
30 of 59 | Posted by: Chriistina

“In the slightly under 50 years I have been flying I have had many colleagues Go West' in combat, in accidents and by natural causes , you would think...Read More »
31 of 59 | Posted by: Ken Benson - Lebanon, CT

“Brigette, I am deeply sorry for your loss. Charlie was a very creative and brilliant engineer. He always had the ability to solve the "impossible"...Read More »
32 of 59 | Posted by: Peter Urbanik - CT

“I was deeply saddened to hear about Charlie. I will miss the conversations on so many diverse subjects, ranging form 1920 jazz singers to cathedral...Read More »
33 of 59 | Posted by: John VonKaenel - Windsor Locks, CT

“Brigette, Gale and I where stunned by the news of Charlie's passing. Our deepest sympathy to you and and yosvjur family. I'll always remember...Read More »
34 of 59 | Posted by: Joel Kuhlberg - Londonderry, VT

“I am sitting here stunned and at a loss of words. The news of Charlie's passing is stunning and heart wrenching. No words can express the feelings ...Read More »
35 of 59 | Posted by: Major Jeffrey S. Travers - CT

“Charlie's vast knowledge and brilliance made many contributions to the P&W Controls Group, and I'm sure have been an inspiration and even joy to many...Read More »
36 of 59 | Posted by: Tom Lenox - Eastham, MA

“Charlie was never at a loss to add a comment when it came to anything involving aerospace or music equipment. I remember Charlie giving Brigitte a...Read More »
37 of 59 | Posted by: Tim and Deb Lenihan - Granby, CT

“My heart is saddened at the news of Charlie's passing. He was such a smart and helpful guy with such a passion for knowledge; I always enjoyed...Read More »
38 of 59 | Posted by: Meade Ferrigan - Granby, MA

“We are all better for knowing Charlie. I met him on the SAE S-18 committee a little over a year ago. I am happy to have seen his passion for aviation...Read More »
39 of 59 | Posted by: Ron Liffrig - MN

“A bright candle went out on 12/20/2010. I'm happy to have so many vivid memories. Peace ”
40 of 59 | Posted by: Mike Lyon - South Windsor, CT

“Like everyone here, I learned so much from Charlie. I just wish I could retain so much! Brigitte and Charlie are one of the reasons I came to CT....Read More »
41 of 59 | Posted by: Chuck Nelson - Ellington, CT

“Shocked and saddened to hear of Charlie's passing. He had an incredible knowledge of aerospace and aviation trivia. His willingness to share his...Read More »
42 of 59 | Posted by: Michael Berlin - CT

“Nancy and I are heartbroken at this news. We just heard this morning (Thur). Please let us help in anyway we can. ”
43 of 59 | Posted by: The Kapplan and Bush Meaodw Farm Family - CT

“I haven't been active with the CAP for the past several months so I haven't seen Charlie in a while. I thouroghly enjoyed the brief time I spent with...Read More »
44 of 59 | Posted by: David Dahle - Farmington, CT

“Bridgette, I'm so sorry for your loss. Even though we didn't see you and Charlie often after moving to CT., You were always in our thoughts. If there...Read More »
45 of 59 | Posted by: Susan Nelson

“I will always remember his input and great knowledge he would offer at our meetings. His Smile and warmth will always be in our hearts. I know he is...Read More »
46 of 59 | Posted by: Billy Betzner - Wallingford, CT

“Charlie was a good friend of my husband. I remember him helping us move into our first house, and helping him move into his. He had the most...Read More »
47 of 59 | Posted by: Claire Jalbert - Buffalo, NY

“Charlie will be sadly missed. I can't say enough complimentary things about him. He often stepped-up to help, he never had an argumentive word for...Read More »
48 of 59 | Posted by: Doug Pesce - Windsor Locks, CT

“I had the honor of working with Charlie through the SAE S-18 Committee. Charlie had a passion for aviation and was driven to do what he could to...Read More »
49 of 59 | Posted by: Warren Prasuhn - IA

“Charlie was a personable fellow in the path of life. I found him knowledgable and friendly, and willing to share what he knew.. It occurs to me that...Read More »
50 of 59 | Posted by: Michael Steinson - Berlin, CT

“I looked forward to and hung on every word from Charlie. He knew such interesting trivia about seemingly every aerospace matter. With my own degree...Read More »
51 of 59 | Posted by: Jeffrey R. Dill - Pleasant View, TN

“I remember flying all the way to Reading, PA in a little Civil Air Patrol Cessna 172 with Charlie so we could volunteer for the Reading WWII Airshow....Read More »
52 of 59 | Posted by: Derek Schwalenberg - Friend

“My heart is heavy and so very sad to have heard that our friend Lt. Charlie Falk has passed away.Charlie, you were a wonderful friend, and...Read More »
53 of 59 | Posted by: Heather L. Murphy, Capt

“It is so sad to hear about the passing of Charlie. He was such a nice person who cared passionately about his work. I enjoyed my occasional...Read More »
54 of 59 | Posted by: Mark Lillis - South Windsor, CT

“WORDS CANNOT ALONE EXPRESS HOW SORRY I AM TO HEAR THIS NEWS. MY THOUGHTS ARE WITH YOU AND YOUR FAMILY, 2LT HILDA RODRIGUEZ CIVIL AIR PATROL ROYAL...Read More »
55 of 59 | Posted by: HILDA RODRIGUEZ - West Hartford, CT

“I am a member of the EAA Chapter at Skylark Airpark in East Windsor, and I met Charlie there and at many events elsewhere. He was a warm and...Read More »
56 of 59 | Posted by: Mark E. Horan - Windsor Locks, CT

“Charlie was an extraordinary person. He spoke several languages and knew so many European customs. He was very knowledgeable in many areas,...Read More »
57 of 59 | Posted by: Bob Mattern - Bolton, CT

“Charlie was always a giving individual and stepped up to the plate whenever help was needed.. Charlie you will be missed. ”
58 of 59 | Posted by: Joe Kurcaba

“It was my great pleasure to have come to know Charlie through our association in the Civil Air Patrol, Royal Charter Composite Squadron. We share...Read More »
59 of 59 | Posted by: Captain Richard J. Abbate - CT


.Charles “Charlie” Falke, 54, of Union, CT, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, December 20, 2010. He was born in New York City, to Elizabeth (Hannesdottir) Falke and the late Charles Falke. Charlie got his pilot’s license at 16, and loved flying, airplanes and every aspect of aviation. He was also an avid photographer, loved audio recording, and was fascinated with everything technical. Charlie graduated from Columbia University with a degree in mechanical engineering, and worked for 30 years at Pratt and Whitney Aircraft and Hamilton Sundstrand. He was an enthusiastic member of the Experimental Aircraft Association and of the Civil Air Patrol. He was the grateful recipient of a kidney donation from his sister Leslie, which allowed him to live and enjoy excellent health for the last eight years. Charlie is survived by his beloved wife of 24 years, Brigitte (Buhler) Falke; his mother, Elizabeth Lawrie; four sisters, Kirsten Falke-Boyd, Leslie Falke Trainer and her husband Ted, Roberta Falke and her husband Andy Levey, and Julia Farrall and her husband Ray; his in-laws Rato and Mares Buhler, and brother-in-law Mike Buhler and wife Jenny, as well as many nieces, nephews, and cousins. A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, December 29, 2010 at 5 P.M. with visiting hours to follow until 7 P.M. at Introvigne Funeral Home, Inc., 51 East Main St., Stafford Springs, CT. Memorial donations may be made to the PKD Foundation, 8330 Ward Parkway, Suite 510, Kansas City, MO 64114. For online condolences or directions, please visit: www.introvignefuneralhome.com

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