Printing Industry Pioneer Dies at 74

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Byline: Sandy Strickland

Robert "Bob" Falconetti, a pioneer in Northeast Florida's printing industry who helped numerous nonprofits, died Saturday of colon cancer at age 74. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. John's Episcopal Cathedral, 256 E. Church St.

Mr. Falconetti was chairman of Drummond Press, which has offices in Florida, Georgia and Tennessee.

"One reason that Drummond Press has been so successful is that he was a man of his word," said Sheriff John Rutherford. "You met him and instantly liked him."

Former Mayor John Peyton said he knew Mr. Falconetti as a man who treasured his family.

He was a creative force behind the business, John Falconetti said of his father. What set him apart was that in the early 1970s he pursued the print management services approach, in which Drummond handled the majority of a client's printing needs while playing a consultation role as well, Falconetti said.

Mr. Falconetti was born in New York. After graduating from high school, he served in the Navy. He met his wife, Diane, while they were students at Stetson University.

Her parents, John and Peaches Drummond, founded Drummond Press in 1939. …


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