John J. Valente
John J. Valente
PROCTOR — John J. Valente (JJV), 70, of Proctor passed away Wednesday morning, March 19, 2014, at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston.
He was born in Valle, Province of Avellino, Italy, January 3, 1944, the son of Vito and Nicoletta (Miele) Valente.
After an early education in Italy, John’s family moved to Rutland where he attended Mount St. Joseph Academy, and graduated with the class of 1962. He graduated from Champlain College in Burlington, VT, in 1965 with an accounting degree.
On January 22, 1966, he married Jane (Mazut) Valente of Proctor. They had three daughters. John was a loving and devoted husband and father for 48 years. He was hard working and always put his family first.
John enjoyed golfing. He was a member and sat on the board of directors at the Proctor-Pittsford Country Club for 33 years. He also enjoyed traveling and spending time with his family. He was a pillar of strength to many people and touched many people’s lives. John will best be remembered for his wonderful sense of humor and ability to tell a joke, while laughing through the punch line. When John first arrived in Rutland from Italy, he worked at the Midway Diner as a dishwasher and moved up to a cook and eventually a partner in 1988. The patrons and employees of the Midway Diner were very dear to his heart. They were like family.
Surviving is his wife, Jane of Proctor. He is also survived by a daughter, Nicolette Lash and granddaughter, Sylvia Lash of East Middlebury; a daughter, Lisa Blanchard and her husband, Ray, and grandchildren, John, Caroline, and Gabriela of Middletown Springs; and a daughter, Maribeth Valente, and grandchildren, Jazmin and Spencer of Proctor; one brother, Pasquale Valente of Falciano, Italy; three sisters, Filomena Valente of Rutland Town, Lucia Spallieri of Rutland and Angela Lettiere of Naples, FL; and several nieces and nephews.
Visiting hours will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 25, at Clifford Funeral Home in Rutland.
Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 26, at Christ the King Church in Rutland.
A reception will follow and a private burial will be at a later date.
Mount St. Joseph Academy held a special place in John’s heart. He did fundraising and served on the MSJ school board for many years. Contributions may be made to Mount St. Joseph Academy, Convent Avenue, Rutland, VT 05701.