Paul Falco was born to Italian immigrant parents in Chillicothe in 1915.
He moved to Columbus after his high school graduation and attended Ohio State until deciding to become trained as an embalmer.
He joined the Army in 1942, was assigned to the Quartermaster Corp, attended Officer Candidate School and eventually was promoted to major. He spent time in England, went to Normandy just after D-Day and became the adjutant for the gasoline supply battalion of the U.S. Third Army in Germany.
He was active in the Army Reserve, eventually achieving the rank of lieutenant colonel.
He returned to Columbus in 1946 and with his wife Betty built a home at 1335 Arlington Avenue in Marble Cliff.
His interest changed to real estate and politics after the war, and he was appointed to Marble Cliff City Council, becoming president in 1954.
In 1956, Mayor Jacob Shawan had to step down when he moved, and Falco was appointed to his seat, serving for the next 36 years. Under his leadership, Marble Cliff significantly increased their tax base by developing the acreage along Dublin Road just south of Fifth Avenue.
He was instrumental in the negotiations with Grandview for police, fire protection and city services. He built the village offices on Fernwood, and a park adjacent to the offices was dedicated in his name.
Falco established a scholarship for high school graduates from the village, providing college opportunities for many youths.
Following the death of his wife, Falco married Franklin County Treasurer Bobbie Hall in 1990.
They sold their home on Arlington and built a new home next door in the new Aladdin Woods subdivision where he died in 1996 at the age of 81.