Frederick Randall Valentine
January 28, 1922 – March 11, 2021
Frederick R. Valentine, age 99, of Naples, Florida, formerly of Norwood, Massachusetts, died March 11, 2021; he had been a resident of Naples since 1975.
In April 1942, Frederick enlisted in the US Army Air Corps. After the war ended in Europe, he remained as part of the occupation forces. He was instrumental in making sure the P-51 Mustang fighter airplanes were airborne as Crew Chief. Then later as Line Chief in charge of all maintenance operations, that included escorting of the B-17 Flying Fortress over Germany. His flying status was Aerial Engineer. For his war efforts, he received the distinguished Commendation Medal, for sustained acts of exceptional meritorious service with the 97th Airdrome Squadron. While stationed in North Carolina, he played baseball for the USAAF National Team where he played against the Hall of Famers, Yankees’ Joe DiMaggio and ace pitcher Charles Red Ruffing. He proudly held the rank of Tech Sergeant with the 409th Fighter Squadron upon his honorable discharge.
Mr. Valentine was employed in 1940 by Wiggins Airways in Norwood, MA, where he held the position of Vice President and Corporate Director. During this period he also attended Northeastern University in Boston, MA. During his career, he was presented the prestigious FAA Safety in Aviation, the highest achievement awarded to an individual. In 1975, he joined PBA Airlines, located in Naples, Florida, as Vice President and Corporate Director until his retirement in 1984.
While residing in Norwood, Massachusetts, Frederick was very active in community affairs. He was a former Director of the Norwood Cooperative Bank, Norwood Bank & Trust Company, and South Shore Bank. He served as President of the Norwood Lions Club, and was elected at the Massachusetts State Convention as District Governor for District 33K in 1962, overseeing 52 clubs. In politics, he was elected a Town Meeting Member for 18 years and served as Chairman of the Industrial Economic Committee. He was active in youth sports programs in Norwood and served as Vice President of the Pop Warner Football program.
Frederick is survived by his sons, Dr. Frederick Valentine, Jr. & his wife Nancy of N. Easton, MA, Stephen Valentine of New York City, Kenneth Valentine & his wife Dr. Jennifer McErlean, of Albany, NY; his daughters Carol Valentine & her husband Mitch Borcherding of New York City & East Hampton, NY, Diane Pare & her husband Michael of Oxford, MA; nine grandchildren, Jeffrey Valentine of N. Easton, MA, Dr. Jake Valentine & his wife Amanda of Baltimore, MD, Mia Valentine of Albany, NY, Michael, Elena, Maria, Nicholas & Lisa Iudiciani all of Oxford, MA, Brett Borcherding of New York City & East Hampton, NY; one great grandchild, Clyde Valentine of Baltimore, MD. He loved his children and grandchildren and was extremely proud of their many professional, scholastic, and athletic achievements.
Frederick was preceded in death by his loving wife of 55 years, Dora (Castrucci), in 2004, and by his brother, Larry Valentine.
Visitation will be held at the Gillooly Funeral Home, 126 Walpole Street, Norwood, MA, on Sunday, March 21, from 3-7PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Catherine of Siena Church in Norwood on Monday, March 22, at 11AM. Burial will follow at the Massachusetts National Cemetery (Bourne-Cape Cod, MA) at 1:45PM. A celebration of Frederick’s life will be held tentatively in the summer of 2021; please check GilloolyFuneralHome.com for updated information.
Donations, in lieu of flowers, can be made (tax deductible) in Frederick’s memory to the Massachusetts Lions Eye Research Fund, 43 Stewart Terrace, Belmont, MA 02478.
Sunday, March 21, 2021
Mass of Christian Burial
Monday, March 22, 2021
Monday, March 22, 2021
Frederick Randall Valentine
March 25, 2021
I was honored to be chosen by Fred to edit his autobiography years ago and a long friendship was born. This was a most remarkable man, so humble about his many accomplishments yet so boastful about his wife, children and grand-children. His memory never ceased to amaze me and, even when his book was completed, I sat for hours listening to his stories. "We sometimes meet an original gentleman, who, if manners had not existed, would have invented them" (Ralph Waldo Emerson) -- this was Fred. I'll forever miss having him in my life.
Both Art & I send our thoughts and prayers to his entire family.
March 21, 2021
I was saddened to learn of Fred's passing, and extend my sympathies to Stephen and the entire Valentine family.
I met Fred through his son and we immediately learned of many common interests, including his love of aviation and his interest in the complex project Stephen was working on. The meetings we had always led to long and interesting conversation. I regret that the CoVid crisis prevented another get together.
Fred will be in my prayers today and especially tomorrow at the time of his funeral Mass.
Fred and Marjory Waterman
March 21, 2021
Marj and I want to express our sincere condolences on the passing of your father.
We both cherish fond memories of your father’s many visits to Comfort, Texas and your project here. We treasure our times with him at barbecues and dinners in San Antonio and his always interesting observations about all manner of topics.
He was an amazing gentleman who exuded natural charm, grace, and panache.
One of my fondest memories of your father is the time a few years ago when you, your father, and I had lunch in Comfort with Colonel Richard Cole-at the time the last surviving member of the Doolittle Raid on Tokyo in April 1942. It was pure joy hearing these two gentlemen in their 90s swap stories about their war experiences and the early days of aviation. I will always treasure that captivating lunch with your father.
You and your family should be rightfully proud of your father’s legacy. He was a fine gentleman in every regard. May he rest peacefully now that he has ‘slipped the surly bonds of earth’ to join so many others of his ‘Greatest Generation’.
Richard and Julie Holmberg
March 19, 2021
Stephen, So sorry to hear about your dad's passing. He was a great guy. We loved those visits he made to the winery with you. He was so personable, interesting and easy to talk to. The kind of guy you wanted to be your friend. After reading the obit, it confirms he had a very full and amazing life much of it in service to our country.
We know you will miss him but you will have wonderful memories.
All the best, Dick and Julie Holmberg