April, 2011

Inspection News and Views from the American Society of Home Inspectors

In Memorium: William Mason and Frank Falcone


William E. "Bill" Mason

Photo: William Mason, pictured here with his wife, Jean, was honored with the Philip C. Monahon award at InspectionWorld in Orlando, Florida, in January of 2009.

Retired longtime ASHI Certified Inspector Bill Mason died March 6, 2011, at the age of 70 in Venice, Fla. Two years ago, in 2009, he was recognized for his dedicated service to the society by being chosen as the recipient of the Philip Monahon Award, ASHI's most prestigious award.

Marvin Goldstein, ASHI president-elect, remembered his colleague: "In addition to serving on the ASHI Board and receiving the Monahon award, Bill was a pioneer of a strong ASHI relationship with the insurance industry, and he was the father of the Fortified Insurance Inspection program for inspectors. He also was president of the SW Florida ASHI chapter.

  "In a world where people are remembered by their family and friends for their deeds, Bill's family, friends, clients and every ASHI member Bill has helped thank God for Bill's good example and deeds.

 "Bill worked countless uncompensated hours for the betterment of the home inspection profession.  He helped thousands of homebuyers with the biggest investment of their life, and made many good friends due to his good work. Because of his contributions, we can truly say that Bill left the world a better place than he found it."

Survivors include his beloved wife, Jean; three children, Alan, Jennifer and Kerry; eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; a sister, Sara; and brother, J.B.

For many years, ASHI staff had the pleasure of working with Bill and Jean at InspectionWorld and when Bill served on several national committees.

Memorial donations may be made to TideWell Hospice, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34238.

Frank A. "Barney" Falcone

Retired ASHI member Frank A. "Barney" Falcone died March 8, 2011 at the age of 94. He was the father of three current ASHI Certified Inspectors:

Wayne J. Falcone, #132,             
Jules Falcone, #28 and
Frank Falcone, Jr., #371

Born and raised in Wayne, Pa., Mr. Falcone was a resident of Boothwyn for the last 40 years and prior to that had lived in Chester, Pa. During World War II, he was a first-class shipfitter for Sun Ship Building.
In addition to his membership in ASHI, he was a past member of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America and past secretary of the Delaware County Central Labor Union. He was well known for his ballroom dancing for 60 years at the Fiesta Dance Club in Broomall, Pa., and the Medalist Dance Club in Bellmawr, N.J., and various dance clubs throughout the Delaware Valley area.

His wife, Dorothy Vernon Falcone, died in 1998. In addition to his three sons — Jules of Media, Wayne of Norristown and Frank A. Jr. of Upper Darby — he is survived by his sister, Antoinette Amorroso of Wayne; eight grandchildren; 11 great-grand children, another due in June; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or donors@stjude.org.