Swan Funeral Home

80 East Main Street, Clinton, CT


Joseph Valvano

January 19, 1922July 25, 2019

Joseph G. Valvano, born January 19, 1922 and died July 25, 2019. Joseph was predeceased by his parents, Alphonso and Maria Valvano of Newark, NJ, and by his wife of 67 years, Priscilla Walker Valvano. He is survived by one of his ten siblings, Delores Carnevale of Bloomfield NJ; his children, Joanne Stavola and Arlene Tuosto of NJ, and Pamela V. Gibson of Chicago and Jonathan W. Valvano of Austin; his six grandchildren, as well as many nieces, nephews, and friends. Joseph was a Master Cabinetmaker, known throughout the shoreline for his custom made furniture, and retail store on Rte 81 in Clinton, the Early American Shops. He served in the US Navy during WW II, stationed in Corpus Christie, where he met a US Navy Wave, Priscilla Walker, at a USO dance. Upon their discharges from Service, Joe and Priscilla were married in Clinton, June 15, 1947. Joseph was active through his life in several civic groups, the Clinton Rotary Club, the Lions Club, and most widely, the American Legion, Post 66, in Clinton. He held several offices in the American Legion, including Commander in Clinton, as well as state wide. He was administrator of the Soldier, Sailor and Marine Fund for several years, helping service families in need along the shoreline. Upon his retirement from the retail furniture store in 1987, Joseph returned to his first love, custom cabinetry. But if woodworking was his pride, his passion was always in dance. Joe was a standout ballroom dance performer throughout the Northeast, winning several competitions. In 1983 he reached the pinnacle of amateur ballroom competition when he won the National Title in the Lindy Hop, at the Harvest Moon Ball, in Madison Square Garden. He danced up to the end. His friends are confident he is dancing, still. Calling hours will be held on Friday, September 13th, from 6-8 pm at Swan Funeral Home, 80 E. Main St., Clinton. A memorial service will be held on Saturday September 14th, at 12 pm. in The United Methodist Church of Clinton, 12 Commerce St. Burial with military honors will follow in Beaver Brook Cemetery, Clinton. To sign the online guest book, visit www.swanfh.com.


  • Calling Hours Friday, September 13, 2019
  • Funeral Mass Saturday, September 14, 2019
  • Burial Saturday, September 14, 2019


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George Gorecki

September 11, 2019

Dear Pam, Jon, and Families,
Wishing you peace in knowing what a good life your dad lived - he was one in a million for sure. He and your mom were my 'other parents' growing up - so many good memories (and a few we can forget when we got in trouble!) It truly did take a village to raise us all.
Trish and I are so sorry we are unable to be with you to celebrate his life but please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. Sending our love and heartfelt sympathy, George and Trish Gorecki

Eleanor Keech

September 10, 2019

Pam and Jon ....... what a good life your Dad had ...
And what good neighbors your Dad and Mom were ...
He truly will be missed !!!
Love, Eleanor and family !!

Charlotte Bushy Berman

September 9, 2019

Mr and Mrs Valvano were always present with their children at Methodist Church and Legion functions as I grew up. They were kind and good people.
My last memory of seeing them I was in the furniture store with my Mother and even though we had not seen them in years he insisted on providing Mom with a discount! And both were so happy to see me and my daughter who was a toddler then.
I am sure they were at my parents funerals also.

Peg York Witham

September 9, 2019

Pam and family
I remember your wonderful family...drill teams, American Legion, parades, dances, shows at the town hall....
God gave us all a gift...its the ability to have our memories....may yours be cherished and help you ease the void in your heart at this time.
From the York family
Gods blessings for eternal rest, Mr Valvano
Peg York Witham

Donald Foerch Jr.

September 9, 2019

Joseph convinced me to memorize Flanders Field for the Memorial Day event at Jared Eliot when I was in 5th grad. Great man

Nathan Clark

September 8, 2019

Joe & Priscilla were friends for many years
They will be remembered