Bruce Edward Valentine

March 14, 1943November 3, 2018

Bruce E. Valentine, 75, of Franklin passed away on November 3, 2018. He was born in Paterson, NJ and was a long time resident of Pequannock, NJ before residing in Franklin. Bruce graduated from Pequannock High School in 1961 and served in the US Navy from 1962 - 1966. Bruce was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church of Sparta and an elder of the Presbyterian Church in Franklin. He was the founder and sole proprietor at Valley Paint and Supply in Vernon from 1977 - 2002. He enjoyed volunteering for the Veterans at Bristol Glen Assisted Living and spending time with his family and friends. He is survived by his beloved wife Virginia (nee Brown) Valentine of 52 years, his son Scott Valentine and his wife Michelle, and his daughter Susan Bysshe and her husband Geoff. Bruce is also survived by his loving grandchildren Darius, Vanessa, and Marissa Valentine and Marguerite and Henry Bysshe. He also leaves behind his brother Dr. Craig Valentine and his wife Beverly, his sister in law Carolyn, brother in law Gary Bunje and several nieces and nephews. Funeral Arrangements are entrusted under Goble Funeral Home 22 Main St., Sparta, NJ 07871. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, November 17, 2018 at 10AM at the First Presbyterian Church of Sparta, 32 Main St., Sparta, NJ 07871. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made in Bruce’s memory to the First Presbyterian Church of Sparta Veteran's Ministry.


  • Memorial Service Saturday, November 17, 2018

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Dianne Schultz

November 18, 2018

What a wonderful man, who lived to make others happy! Bernie will never forget taking a golf shoe into the paint store, throwing it onto the counter, and saying to Bruce: "Can you match this? This is the color I want for my shed." And Bruce did! Oh, those happy New Years Eves, walking from house to house for our progressive dinners. I have fond memories of Bruce, with his snake light wrapped goofily around his neck, lighting the path. Bruce, light our path to the next world for us. See you on the other side.
With love,


November 9, 2018

Aloha and Greetings from the Big Island of Hawaii
My brother Bill shared the loss of your beloved husband Bruce. You most likely do not remember me as it has been decades since I have lived in NJ. When I was in high school, Bruce hired me to work at his store next to the A+P. He was always so generous with his time and knowledge (and patience with someone in high school who had a lot to learn). I loved his sense of humor, self deprecation and desire to always do the right thing.
I am so sorry for your loss.....I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.

Kind Regards,
Doreen Trudeau

Bud Liptak

November 7, 2018

I will always remember my Thursday afternoons with Bruce. Trying to find the best hamburgers in Sussex County. You were like a Brother.
“Fair Winds and Following Seas”
Rest In Peace my friend.