CHATHAM- Marguerite “Peg” Falconer passed away peacefully from natural causes in the arms of her loving daughter on July 8, three days after her 97th birthday. She died the way she lived with grace and surrounded by love. Elegant. Kind. Gracious. Words one hears again and again when you mention the name Peg Falconer.
Born in Quincy in 1919, to the late Edward and Margaret Walsh, where her father worked at a printing press. Her mother encouraged her to paint and often painted with her. She was the only sibling and older sister of the late Virginia Walsh. Her cousins lived in Chatham’s Old Village and she spent many childhood summers at their house on Hallett Lane. She told everyone that if she ever opened an art gallery it would be in Chatham.
She met her first husband, the late Charles Falconer in Quincy at a dance. Her daughter, Susan J. Falconer Eldredge said, she told her she married her father because he could dance the tango.
She formally studied at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the De Cordova Museum in Lincoln MA and studied with numerous recognized New England artists including Roger Curtis, Robert Douglas Hunter and Emile Gruppe. She also taught adult education classes on the South Shore.
In 1968, she opened the McElwain-Falconer Art Gallery in Chatham on 492 Main St. with a fellow Quincy artist Dan McElwain, the same year a restaurant called the Chatham Squire opened across the street. George Payne and Richard Costello, co-owners of the Squire and Peg became lifelong friends. Everyone at the Squire during that time was very special to her, her daughter said. That winter, in 1969, she and a small group of artists had a meeting that culminated in creating the Creative Arts Center where she taught classes for years.
Today her work is shown in the Gallery Antonia, 1291 Main St., Chatham. Some of her paintings are a part of the permanent collection and archives of the National Museum of Women in the Arts, the American Museum of Art at Smithsonian Institute, Washington D.C., the Cape Museum of Fine Arts, and past member of the world renowned Salmagundi Club, a New York City based art center profiling famous artists from around the country. She was a member of the Copley Society of Boston, and always a strong supporter of her community and local non-profit organizations. Last year she and her daughter donated “The Chatham Fish Pier” to the Chatham Historical Society where it hangs in the Atwood House.
Most of all Peg would like to be recognized for her love of Chatham, a love that shines through in her paintings of Chatham. She has loved Chatham since she was a child said her daughter; it all started here and ended here.
Peg is survived by her daughter and son-in-law Susan and Kevin Eldredge of Chatham and San Mateo Calif., and her nephews Ryan Falconer of Yarmouth and Alexander Falconer of Jamaica Plain. She was predeceased by her loving son Charles Edward Falconer, and her second husband Fred Cuthbertson. Peg’s charming nature and lovely smile will be missed by too many to name here. She touched everyone she met.
A celebration of her life will be held at 11 a.m. on September 3 at St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church, 625 Main St., Chatham. For online condolences, please visit www.nickersonfunerals.com.
If there ever comes a day where we can’t be together,
keep me in your heart.
I’ll stay there forever.
– Winnie the Pooh