TOWN OF NORTH WESTERN — Cleo N.
Valentine, 61, died peacefully on November
18, 2013 in the loving arms of his wife at
Upstate University Hospital, Syracuse,
surrounded by his children, grandchildren,
son-in-law and friends.
Cleo was born on July 9, 1952
in Rome, New York, son of the late Anthony
and Wanda Powell Valentine. He graduated
from Rome Free Academy. On December 21, 1996
Cleo married Gloria LaBuz Torres. Their
union together was very happy, filled with
much laughter. Cleo lived by the four "Fs"
of life: Family, friends, fishing and faith.
When the time arrived to become a caregiver
to his beloved parents and our beloved Uncle
Wally, it wasn’t considered an option, it
was considered a privilege. Cleo visited his
parents’ grave everyday no matter what the
weather was like. Cleo’s greatest love was
his family. He was known as "oompie" by his
grandsons Gryphon and Mason. Mason loved his
oompie and would rather be at his side than
Cleo worked for MT Construction
for several years as a mason in which he was
so proud of his trade. He worked very hard
and was proud to work hard. Cleo enjoyed his
job and loved his boss Mark Tarkowski. He
was a member of St. John the Baptist Church
and Transfiguration Church.
Cleo is survived by his wife
Gloria "Cookie", his children Kevin Torres,
Denver CO, a daughter and son-in-law Angel
& Christopher Foster, North Western, NY
and his grandchildren Gryphon "Merv" and his
best pal Mason, who will miss his best
friend forever. Jessie Mastraccio and John
Destito, who Cleo considered his other
children, will also hold a special place in
his heart as well as his pets Toya, Snoopy,
Anna, Dixie, Bell and Albert Tarkowski and
Also left to mourn is a
sibling, Anthony Valentine Jr., Sauquoit,
whom Cleo loved dearly. He leaves behind his
"true brothers": Richard Destito, Mark
(Katie) Tarkowski, John (Lori) Marchesino,
Mike (Judy) Mastraccio, Shawn O’Connor, Jeff
Gifford, Dutch Cerdvole, Tony (Joan)
Trophia, Joseph Barone, Louie (Alice)
Colasanti, Al Brown, Larry Mackey’s Hoagie,
Johnny Soo, the Burke Brothers from Florida,
Peter and George Fabrizio from Rome, David
and Patty Cadrette and the Spellicy family.
Cleo also leaves behind a
mother-in-law, Nancy Mallek, Rome, a
brother-in-law Frank LaBuz, Rome, a
sister-in-law & brother-in-law Darlene
and Richard Mullin of Florida, Aunt Josie
Baker, Shirley & Richard Lambert,
cousins Linda, Debbie, Joyce and Joanne.
Cleo was predeceased by his
loving parents Anthony & Wanda
Valentine, his Aunt Dolly and Uncle Nick
Chunchik and his Uncle Harold and Aunt Irma
Baird. All his pets that he truly loved and
special friend Stanley Chilkotowsky.
The family would like to
express a special thank you to Lori and
Johnny Marchesino who introduced Cleo and
Gloria together with a 17-year-marriage. It
was the greatest ride of their lives.
Our special friends Lori
Marchesino, Don and Sheila Jones, forever in
faith Joan Mammosser, Arlene and Chet,
Jackie Izzo, Bernadette Samsel, Judy and Joe
McKenzie, Janet for without your prayers we
could not have the strength to endure. And
not to forget Cleo’s "special" gal Miss
Ginny from Kwik N Easy and Gina and Tony
Special thanks to the viewers
of KUSA, Denver, CO for the care and
compassion and to all the well wishers from
the state of Colorado. Dr. Graziano and Dr.
Benjamin, all nurses and God Bless you
Nancy, your kindness will always be
remembered. We also want to thank our
neighbors on Milbrook Road for your prayers
Funeral services will be held
on Thursday at 11:00 am at St. John the
Baptist Cemetery Chapel with the Reverend
Paul F. Angelicchio officiating. There are
no calling hours at Cleo’s request.
Arrangements are by the Nicholas J. Bush
Funeral Home Inc., 218 West Court Street.
Memorial contributions may be
made in Cleo’s name to the Golisano
Children’s Center, 750 E. Adams Street,
Syracuse, NY 13210 or to your local humane
I asked God for a flower;
And God gave me a garden.
I asked God for a tree;
God gave me a forest.
I asked God for a river;
God gave me an ocean.
I asked God for a friend;
God gave me you.
Cleo could fill a room with
laughter. However, on November 18 the room
filled with tears and became silent.
Lake Delta will be missing a
true friend this season, but his memory will
be sitting in Hotel Delta between Shawn and
his winter wife Mike Mastraccio. When you
feel that bite it’s just Cleo tugging at
your line. Don’t worry he’ll send that big
one your way. God Bless you guys, you’ll
never know how much he loved you.
Somewhere up in heaven, Cleo is
catching a big ole walleye alongside his dog
Gloria, Kevin & Angel
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