Joseph M. Valentino

Joseph Michael Valentino

Obituary

Joseph Michael Valentino, 59, of West Nyack, New York, passed away peacefully on February 02, 2020, surrounded by his loving family.

Left to cherish Joe’s memory are his adoring wife, Lisa (Ceraul) who loves him deeply and will miss him terribly.  His two lovely daughters, Gianna and Cristina, who love him more than life itself. His beloved Mother,Patricia Osborne, Pearl River, NY, who sacrificed so much and helped mold him into the man he was, doting sisters, Jenine Valentino, New City, NY, and Jennifer Fraser (Ernest), Pearl River, NY, his supportive brothers, Jim Valentino (Chicago, IL) and Jaime Valentino (Allegra), Pearl River, NY, his step-mother, Lucille Valentino (Joe deceased), Palm Coast, FL, and two step brothers, Paul DeLello (Michele), Port Washington, NY and Anthony DeLello (Gina), Palm Coast, FL, his nieces and nephews who will miss him – Kayla, Christopher and Michael Fraser, Trevi Valentino, Rachel Beers, Tyler, Breanna and Gabriella Leighton, Jacob and Ella.  A Special Godmother, Aunt Michelle, Uncle Ronnie, and his Pennsylvania in-laws Christine and Troy Leighton, Frank Ceraul (Sue), Connie Martinez, his Great Aunts- Maddie, Marie and Lucy and countless cousins.

Joe is predeceased by his father Joseph Valentino, and Godfather Bobby, Uncle Richie and a niece Avery Martinez.  

Joe was a friend to many and could strike up and converse with anyone about almost anything – his friends made him laugh especially Dave, Frankie T., Jay and Andy, to name a few.  

Joe was born on August 14th, in Bronx, NY, and later moved to Rockland County at the age of eight. He and his siblings have fond memories of growing up in Haverstraw for part of their time in Rockland.  Joe attended Link Elementary School, and later graduated from ClarkstownHigh School South in 1978.  Joe was an exceptional athlete excelling at Football, Baseball and Track – proud that he still held the shotput record and in 2001, he was inducted into theHall of Fame for his accomplishments in Football and Track and Field.  Soon Joe realized Football was where his passion lies.  While at University of Delaware, Joe and his teammates went on to win the 1979 National Title. After four successful years as a Blue Hen, Joe was honored to be invited to try out for several professional football teams including the New York Giants, Miami Dolphins and the New England Patriots.  Joe’s path would take him in a different direction however.

Joe’s focus and drive led him to start a construction company, which was the groundwork for what would eventually lead him into the Custom Millwork industry over the last 20+ years. The last two years, Joe found a family and home withTischler Und Sohn.  He enjoyed working on complex custom window and door designs with his clients and especially loved when he was able to work on historical landmarks since he was a historybuff.  He never gave up an opportunity to educate us in all things history. 

He really enjoyed music, and as a teenager, was in a band, called the Desperados, later moving into DJ’ing in college using 45’s and 78’s long before vinyl was considered retro.  He never said no to helping out local organizations, like the Girl Scouts or WNES, where both his daughters attended helping with the talent shows and father daughter dances. 

He volunteered his time to coaching softball and helped with whatever the teams needed over the years – Joe always had what was needed in the back of his blue pick-up truck.   Nothing compared to his devotion to the kids – he loved being involved.

Joe always gave 110%, and never did anything half way and he looked for the same in others.  Selfless, kind, humble, integrity are just a few words to describe him and how he conducted himself.

At the request of the family, please consider a memorial contribution in lieu of flowers to help support Gianna and Cristina’s college education via Ugift529.com with the codes J66-Z3Tand G5D-A8M. 

At a later date, the family will follow Joe’s wishes and he will be laid to rest on consecrated ground.