Robert J Falconetti

March 10, 1939March 23, 2013

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. He had that great smile.”

Mr. Falconetti was “incredibly supportive” of his son’s involvement with the Republican Party of Duval County, Rutherford said. His son, John Falconetti, is the party’s former chairman, a state executive board member and is married to Shannon Miller, the most decorated gymnast in U.S. history and an Olympic gold medalist.

“I know Bob as the man who really treasured his family,” said former Mayor John Peyton. “His value for family permeated their family business.”

Mr. Falconetti 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, John Falconetti said.

Mr. Falconetti was born in New York in 1939. After graduating from high school, he served in the Navy. He was discharged in Sanford and attended Stetson University in Deland. He met his wife, Diane Drummond, there. After her graduation, they settled in Jacksonville. Her parents, John and Peaches Drummond, founded Drummond Press in 1939, and he joined the company in the early 1960s. He became president of Drummond around 2000, and business tripled under his leadership.

“Mom called it his silver tongue,” John Falconetti said. “He had such a big heart and cared so passionately about others.”

Adam Hollingsworth, chief of staff for Gov. Rick Scott and a long-time family friend, said Mr. Falconetti brought energy, enthusiasm and a lot of fun to everything he did. He was a gregarious man who loved people and made them feel welcome in his presence, Hollingsworth said. His biggest legacy are his two sons “who learned how to be men from a great man,” he said.

For many years, Drummond has been an important business in the community that has done a lot of pro bono work for charities, Hollingsworth said. The list is an extensive one, he said. He also was a founding member of Westside Rotary Club.

John Falconetti traces his interest in politics to the times when his father would take him to fish fries and cookouts as a child. Rutherford said he gave his son the time to be a political leader and serve as finance chairman for all his campaigns.

In 2006, John Falconetti became president of Drummond Press, and his father chairman. But Mr. Falconetti remained active in the business, even as he battled colon cancer over the last two years.



  • Visitation Wednesday, March 27, 2013
  • Funeral Service Thursday, March 28, 2013

Robert J Falconetti

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Barbara Alexander

November 11, 2015

I was Blessed by your presence every time we did business . Everyone lit up when you came in the door - you always had a smile - a word of encouragement and always so positive. I was looking up friend's from years ago in Jax to reach out and say "Thank You " for the positive difference you made in my life. My life is forever enriched because of you -and- because of you I am alive today. Your family was and is as beautiful as your Spirit with love and Friendship Barbara

Samuel Newby

March 28, 2013

On behalf of the Florida Assembly of Black Republicans, and as a former Vice Chairman of the Duval County Republican Party, we express our condolences on the loss of Mr. Robert Falconetti. May the entire Falconetti Family be at peace and know that all will be well in the Lord.

Rick Sauers

March 27, 2013

To the entire Falconetti Family.

You have been blessed to have such a special and devoted husband, father, grandfather, friend, mentor, leader, and Believer as the Patriarch over these years. While I never was fortunate to meet him the Obituary, Stories, and tributes speak volumes. Now my prayers are for all of you to be comforted, drawn close to one another and to our Lord, and for the peace that transcends all understanding to fill each of you.

I offer up God's word in Numbers 6:24-26 :
"May the Lord bless you, and keep you; the Lord make His face shine upon you and be gracious unto you; the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace."

In Sympathy and Celebration,

Rick Sauers
Acts 20:24

Edward Hagan

March 27, 2013

Dear Diane, Robert and John
My heart goes out to you on your loss. I still savor the memories of those camping trips with Bob, his sons and others many years ago. And I can still taste that heavenly salad Bob used to whip up to go with our steaks and baked potatoes. He was such a nice and likeable guy and I regret that we didn't keep in touch over the years.


March 27, 2013

He was a great EHS parent and athletic booster. I had the good fortune to know him in my early years at the school when I taught and coached John.