Fallon, Pat Pat Fallon, age 70, died on November 13, 2015, surrounded by family and friends. Cause of death was a stroke. Pat was the father of Kevin (of Portland), Megan (of Minneapolis), Duffy (of Boston), Reilly (of Portland), and Tressa (of Minneapolis). He is the grandfather of Leo Patrick and the father-in-law of Leslie Ciarelli Fallon (of Portland). A lifelong Minneapolis resident, Pat attended Washburn High School before completing his B.A. degree in Philosophy from the University of Minnesota, where he was an active member of Beta Theta Pi fraternity. In 1981, Tom McElligott, Nancy Rice, Irv Fish, Fred Senn, and Pat founded Fallon McElligott Rice, an advertising agency that later became known as Fallon Worldwide, with offices in Minneapolis, London, Prague and Tokyo. In 2009, Pat was inducted into the Advertising Hall of Fame. In 2014 he was inducted into the Minnesota Business Hall of Fame. Those who knew Pat were from all walks of life, yet they described him in much the same way-adjectives commonly used were: loyal, generous, funny, humble, determined, stubborn, and short. He faced many challenges during his lifetime and he did so with strength and, every once in a while, with grace. He lived with a deep sense of purpose: being a good parent and grandparent. Pat was preceded in death by his father, Jerome Patrick Fallon, and by his mother, Katherine Carmen Fallon. He had the good fortune of having Stacy Runkel, his incredibly gifted assistant, in his life for 24 years, without whom the trains would not have run on time. In fact, they may not have run at all. He was also deeply grateful for the kindness, understanding, acceptance, and love of his partner of 6 years, Maggie Romens, who showed him that it was possible to trust and to love without fear and without constraints. Pat served on the Boards of the Children's Defense Fund, the Guthrie Theatre, the Minnesota Orchestra, Hennepin Health Foundation, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota, and the Ordway. He was a long-time commissioner on the Minnesota Combative Sports Commission, an avid reader, a seasoned traveler, a child advocate, an author, an upland bird hunter, an opera fan, a Minnesota Gopher football booster, and a reveler in sports of all kinds. Lastly, music played a big role in Pat's life. He was not ready to die and was more than mildly irritated by the thought. Yet the music has stopped. A Celebration of Life on Wednesday, November 18, 2015 3-4 PM, drinks and appetizers 4-6 PM at Aria, 105 North First Street, Minneapolis, MN 55401. You are requested to bring stories -- especially those that should not be told. Memorials preferred to: Children's Defense Fund - Minnesota, 555 Park Street, Suite 410, St. Paul, MN 55103. Washburn-McReavy.com Edina Chapel 952-920-3996
Published on November 15, 2015
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