November 1, 1927 – December 4, 2018
Thomas Valente was born in Gaeta, Italy November 1, 1927 and passed away in Mesquite Texas on Dec 4 th 2018. The family immigrated to Rochester New York when he was 8 years old. When he graduated from high school he worked for a few months before enlisting in the United States Air force. He was stationed for two years in Greenland.
Upon his discharge in 1952 from the Air Force , he married Mary Lou Martinez from Corpus Christi, Texas, and brought her to New York . There they had their one daughter Cathy.
They later moved to Oswego, New York
Where he received his degree in Education from the State University of New York at Oswego. He then went on and pursued a master's degree in counseling.
After being a Guidance Counselor in the Ithaca school system for several years, he made the move to the George Junior Republic , a residential treatment center for adolescent boys and girls where he accepted the position of Social Doctor. He and Mary Lou also served as house parents.
They served there for over 15 years.
In Jan of 1989 he brought Mary Lou back to Texas as he had promised Where she passed away in September of 1989.
In 1996 he married Linda Ann Laramore.
He is proceeded in death by his father Samuel Valente, His mother Mary Valente and his brother Father Anthony Valente.
He is survived by his wife Linda, daughter Cathy Alphin and Son and law Shaun Alphin, Son Richard Adams and daughter in law Judith Adams. His surviving Sister Joanne Valente lives in Rochester, New York.
He was a mentor and father figure to many And will be sorely missed . He now rests in the arms of his precious Lord and Savior. He will be buried in the DFW National Cemetery in Dallas Texas on Dec 27 th 2018.
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