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“My dad (his brother Rocco) was so happy to enjoy a visit with you recently. He is sad but loved you dearly. I will always remember your kindness and...Read More »
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“I remember how much Grandpa LOVED to golf ! As Nanna would say " He lives on the Green!" He always loved to watch CNN and loved to be outside in the...Read More »
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“Uncle Sal: Thank you for taking the place of my Father (Ed Holland) when Barbara and I (Jim Roark, Sr. - your nephew) were married on July 3, 1965. ...Read More »
3 of 7 | Posted by: James Roark - Port Orange, FL

“So sorry for your loss. I can recall meeting Salvatore once at his home in Natick. He was the brother to my late grandmother Genevieve O'Day. My...Read More »
4 of 7 | Posted by: Cynthia Johnson Duggan - MA

“God has received a new angel that will be looking over his loved ones. Rest in peace Uncle Sal ”
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“Dear Joyce, Janet, Joanne and Bobby; So sorry for your loss...your Dad was quite a man...remember him fondly from many visits to your home in Neton.....Read More »
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“Uncle SalYou will be remembered as kind and friendly person. I don't believe I ever heard a bad word or thought come from you. That speaks to your...Read More »
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Mr. Salvatore J. Valente, of Wayland, died Wednesday, June 21, 2017 in the Mary Ann Morse Rehabilitation Center in Natick. He was 94.

Sal was born in Somerville on May 4, 1923, a son of the late Joseph and Agnes (Rizzi) Valente. He was raised and educated in Watertown and served with the United States Navy during World War II.

On November 15, 1945 he married the love of his life, Watertown native Ruth A. Perry, in Saint Patrick's Church. The pair lived in Watertown for a time before moving to West Newton where they raised their family.

Sal was long active at Saint Bernard's Church in West Newton and was a lifetime member of the Knights of Columbus. Until his retirement he worked for more than forty years for Homes, Inc., a Newton real estate company, as their resident contractor. Sal was the kind of guy who not only had all the tools, but knew how to use every one of them with an expert's skill.

In retirement Sal and Ruth moved to Natick and had a winter place in Vero Beach, Florida. Golf became a favorite pastime for Sal and he could often be found on the links at Maynard Country Club. Their move to Wayland came three years ago.

In addition to his wife of seventy-one years, Ruth, he leaves his children, Robert Valente and his wife, Josephine Carpino, of Norton, Janet Harkins and her husband, Robert, of San Diego, California, Joyce Valente of Waltham and Joanne DiDuca and her husband, Bruno, of Waltham; his brother, Rocco Valente of Wilmington; nine grandchildren, nineteen great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Sal was also the brother of the late Anna Holland, Alexander Valente and Genevieve O'Dea.

Family and friends will honor and remember Sal's life by gathering for calling hours in The Joyce Funeral Home, 245 Main Street (Rte. 20), Waltham on Sunday, June 25th from 2 to 5 p.m. and again at 8 a.m. on Monday morning before leaving in procession to Saint Patrick's Church, 212 Main Street, Watertown where his Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 9 a.m. Burial will follow in Newton Cemetery.