Mr. William T. Valente formerly of Harrison and Kearny, N.J., died peacefully at home in New Smyrna Beach, Florida on Sunday, December 1, 2019. He was 90 years old.
Visitation will be in the Condon Funeral Home 684 Kearny Ave, Kearny on Tuesday, December 10 from 3-7 pm. A funeral mass will be celebrated in St. Stephens Church, Kearny at 10am on Wednesday, December 11. Interment will follow in Holy Cross Cemetery in North Arlington.
Bill was born and raised in Harrison and graduated from Holy Cross Grammar School. He continued his education at St. Peter Prep and College, graduating in 1950 with a degree in Mathematics. He also worked in the family business as a carpenter and bookkeeper. In 1960, he began his teaching career at Essex Catholic High School in Newark. He was appointed Chairman of mathematics department just 3 years later. He often tutored on his own time and positively affected the lives of his students. He retired in 1980 as an honoree of the Hall of Fame at Essex Catholic.
Living in St. Stephens Parish, he became the maintenance repair man at the school and church. Very well liked by teachers and students alike, he was known as “Mr. Fixit”. One of his favorite jobs was building the stable at Christmas time in front of church.
His deep faith was always visible in this family life and religious practice. At St Stephen’s he was an active member of the Knights of Columbus St. Cecilia’s Council # 6928, Parish Counsel, and Eucharistic Minister. He was also named man of the year by the Holy Name Society of St. Stephens.
Bill was the loving husband of Mary (nee Haran) for 63 years. He was predeceased by his siblings John Valente, Theresa Richards, Anthony Valente and Mary Coleman. He is survived by his children, William Jr, James (Claire), David, Thomas (Leigh Ann) and Joseph (Pomai) and his brother Frank Valente (the late Edith). Also surviving are his grandchildren Andrew, Katlyn (Steven), Kevin, Mari, Rosie, Thomas, Olivia, Aipono, and Ulumoku and great grandchildren, Logan and Conner.
In Lieu of flowers, kindly make donations to the St. Stephens Church 141 Washington Ave., Kearny, NJ 07032 or Benedictine Monks St. Benedicts Abbey 12605 24th Ave Benet Lake WI 53102-1000 in Williams memory.
He will be greatly remembered and missed by all.
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