Michael J. Faulkner, affectionately known as "Mikey," passed away peacefully Saturday evening, October 15, 2011, at home, surrounded by his family, friends and the "Orange & Blue."
Born in White Plains, NY on September 1, 1939, he was preceded in death by his parents Edward and Mildred Faulkner and his sister-in-law Lesa "Pixie" Joyce.
Mikey is survived by his wife Betty Lou, son Tim Faulkner of Dunnellon, FL, daughter and son-in-law Kim and Lester ‘Buster’ Bennett of Crystal River, FL, daughters Lori McCoy of Brooksville, Lynn and Cindi Faulkner of St. Petersburg, FL, grandchildren Tiffany, Stephanie, Justin, Brittany, Chase, Ariel, & Michelle, brother and sister-in-law Ed and Jacquie Faulkner of Oakland Park, FL, niece Nicky Voci and her husband Richard, nephew Joshua Pacheco of Rayham, MA and sister-in-law Barbara Joyce of Nantucket, MA.
Mikey also leaves his beloved furry companions, Pooh Dog, Cappy Cat, & Tar Baby.
Michael Faulkner worked for RCA Atlantic Missile Testing Range at Cape Canaveral, FL, 1960-1962, Honeywell Aerospace in St. Petersburg, FL 1962-1969 and retired from Florida Power in Crystal River, FL after 25 years of service in 1995 as an Instrument Control Supervisor for Units 4 & 5.
Mikey was an avid Florida Gator fan for many years. He also enjoyed Nascar, Sprint Racing, experimental aircraft, plants, gardening and birds and leaves a legacy of telling jokes. Mikey was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles in Cedar Key, FL and the Bridgewater Vets Club in Bridgewater, MA where he enjoyed the annual clam bakes for many years.
Roberts Funeral Home & Crematory in Dunnellon will be handling arrangements. A celebration-of-life party will follow at a later date.
Our family would like to extend a special thank you to Hospice of Citrus County. Contributions can be made to Hospice of Citrus County or the Humane Society in lieu of flowers.