Faletto was drawn to community service
While mourning the loss of Phil Faletto, 96, the community remembers his work with Hood County Senior Center, his love of cars and his service to country.
Faletto had been a resident of Granbury since 1990. He passed away Dec. 30.
Tommy Brisco, longtime volunteer at the Hood County Senior Center, recalls working with Faletto when the two were on the building committee for the new Senior Center on Moore Street. Faletto chaired the committee and was basically the building supervisor, Brisco said.
“He was out there talking with the builder and contractors every day,” he stated.
During the course of the building project, a donation was made for cement bumpers to use in the parking lot.
“We took my flat bed trailer to Glen Rose to get the bumpers,” Brisco said. “And man, they were heavy.”
Brisco, Faletto and two other men were loading the cement bumpers when it was determined the average age of their work crew was 82.
“That was something! We laughed about it! Here we were out there working like that,” Brisco said. The men loaded, unloaded and installed the bumpers in the new parking lot at the center.
Faletto also delivered Meals on Wheels for many years.
He participated in the note-burning ceremony last year when the loan on the Senior Center building was paid off.
“He was just a good person, a very dependable man,” Brisco said.
And he loved cars.
Brisco said Faletto was always building a car or working on a car.
He was president of the Texas Region and Antique Automobile Club of America 1972 in Dallas. He also helped organize the Lake Granbury Vintage Car Club.
Faletto grew up in New Jersey and joined the Army Air Corps in 1942. He learned to fly open cockpit planes and was classified as a navigator.
After separating from active duty in 1947, he was in the reserves until 1951.
In Granbury, he was part of the Military Officers Association of America, a service-minded group.
A memorial service is planned for 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15 at Granbury First United Methodist Church.
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