Former Nashville General Sessions Judge William Faimon dies at age 88

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William Joseph Faimon, a former Nashville General Sessions Judge and a former member of the Diocese of Nashville’s Review Board, died on Jan. 23, 2021. He was 88 years old.

A member of St. Patrick Church in Nashville, Judge Faimon “had his priorities in line – God, family, friends, work,” recalled his family. “He loved his St. Louis Cardinals, Notre Dame, athletic events, and golf.”

Due to COVID-19, a private service was to be held by the family.

“Judge Bill Faimon was a pillar of our community and of our diocese,” said Father John Hammond, pastor of St. Patrick Church and Vicar General and Judicial Vicar for the Diocese of Nashville. “He lived a life of great distinction in service to the citizens of Nashville, and was a faithful member of St. Patrick Church and an active participant in the Catholic community in our diocese. He served with generosity and distinction on our Review Board and in various other diocesan endeavors, and was an active and involved parishioner of St Patrick Church in Nashville.

“Our parish is saddened by Judge Faimon’s passing, and we are united in prayer for the repose of his soul and for the comfort and consolation of Mrs. Faimon and their family,” Father Hammond added.

Judge Faimon worked as a spiker with the Rock Island Railroad (1948-1949), a bricklayer’s helper (1950), and at a service station. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1954 and served as a captain in the U.S. Air Force from 1954 to 1956.

Judge Faimon graduated from Vanderbilt University Law School and practiced law from 1959 to 1982. He served in the CIA for 12 years.

He was elected as a General Sessions Judge in 1982 and served in that role until 2006.

Judge Faimon served as a volunteer in the emergency room at Saint Thomas Hospital and was a member of the Hooligans, Knights of Columbus, Old Timers Baseball, Nashville Bar Association, and St. Patrick’s Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph E. and Gertrude Faimon, and a son, Tony Faimon.

Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Peggy S. Faimon; brother-in-law Dennis Michael Summers; a son, Terry (Karen) Faimon; three grandchildren, Blake Faimon, U.S. Air Force Captain Caitlin (Will) Mott, and Megan Faimon; and great-grandchild, Aurora Faimon.

Memorial contributions can be made to Room in the Inn, PO Box 25309, Nashville, TN, 37202, or to the charity of your choice.

Marshall Donnelly Combs Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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