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September 13, 1931 - June 04, 2012
HAMDEN, Conn., and DAMARISCOTTA HAMDEN, Conn., and DAMARISCOTTA - Charles Brainard Falconer, 80, passed away peacefully on the evening of June 4, 2012, with his family by his side at Miles Memorial Hospital, Damariscotta. Charles was born Sept. 13, 1931, in Geneva, Switzerland, to Betty Friday (Hayn) Falconer of Austria and Brainard Falconer of Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Charles attended Montreal West High School and graduated at the age of 16, upon which, he attended McGill University and studied physics. Charles had an expansive career as a scientist, traveling the world as a nuclear physicist, beginning his career at Chalk River Nuclear. Charles left Canada in 1958 and moved to Boston, where he developed computer software and hardware for nuclear facilities, and became a fan of the Boston Red Sox. Charles owned Data Acquisition Corporation in Hamden, Conn., where he developed one of the world's first microcomputers, the DAC 512. He was particularly proud of his work on the PASCAL computer language that translated the program into a useable language for microprocessors, paving the way for what we currently call desktop computers. Charles worked at Yale New Haven Hospitals School of Medicine, as chief instrumentation engineer, retiring in 1987. Charles spent many summers with his family at their summer family home in Dennysville, where he enjoyed relaxing with a swim, reading and family outings that usually ended with an ice cream. Charles was married to Edwina Jane (Edwards) Falconer for 37 years, who predeceased him in 2004. He is survived by his daughters, Sarah (Falconer) Libby and her husband, Scott, grandchildren, Jacob Maker, Claire Edwina Libby and Devin Libby of New Harbor; and Grace Falconer and her companion, J.B. Lawrence, of Augusta; Eric Arson and family of Connecticut; and several other extended family members. He had many special friends including the Alan Shea Sr. family of Jefferson, the Orser/McDonald family of Hamden, Conn., and Marilyn Kondi of Damariscotta, and many friends in Dennysville; as well as special Bridge partners. He had an extensive love of opera and classical music, and participated widely in Bridge and Cribbage tournaments local to Damariscotta, where he often won. A gathering will be held 4-6 p.m. Saturday, June 9 at Strong-Hancock Funeral Home, 612 Main St., Damariscotta, where there will be a time for loved ones and friends to share stories at 5 p.m. In lieu of flowers, friends may consider sending a donation to the Bridge and Cribbage Tournament fund at First Bank in Damariscotta, care of Grace Falconer, P.O. Box 940, Damariscotta, ME 04543. Condolences, and messages for the family, may be expressed by visiting: www.StrongHancock.com.
Published on June 6, 2012
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