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Michael Valerie
(1946 - 2008)


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Name: Mr Michael Valerie
Gender: Male
Age: 61 years old
Lived: Monday, 8 April 1946 - Thursday, 3 January 2008

My Story

Michael Patrick Valerie was born on April 8, 1946 to parents Michael and Rita Valerie in Bronx, NY.  His mother always said that when he was born, he was so perfect with rosy cheeks and all the nurses went crazy for him.  A couple years later Michael's sister Laura was born and finally his brother Greg.  Michael grew up in Bellrose, NY.  He always enjoyed buying things for his family.  In fact one time Michael's mother and father went out and advised the babysitter to keep the children in the house as the weather was horrible.  Michael decided that he wanted to buy candy for his brother and sister.  So he broke into the jar of coins and proceeded outside to purchase the candy, but fell on the ice and broke his leg.  This was typical of Michael because when he set his mind out to do something, nothing could stop him.  Although his father kept a strict bookkeeping record of all the money his children borrowed (the little black book), Michael hated asking for money and set out to make his own money.  At an early age, he began working in the produce department at a grocery store.  Michael excelled in school, especially in math.  After high school, he pushed his draft number up and served in Viet Nam.  Although he never spoke of his tour in Viet Nam, he joked that he rode on this machine with guns on it and he said he never knew what he hit, he just kept on shooting. After being honorably discharge, Michael met and married Darlene Rubbo.

Not too long after, Michael and Darlene welcomed their son, Anthony, into the world on March 3, 1969 and lived in Queens Village.  Three and a half years later, Michael and Darlene had a baby girl, Karen on August 8, 1972.  Michael was lucky to have a very close knit family that lived within minutes of each other.  His sister, Laura and husband, Augie had three children of their own, Lori Ann, Anthony and yet another Michael.  Happy family times were spent at Grandma and Grandpa's backyard where barbeques were held.  They was always so much laughter and plenty of toys for the kids to play with.

In 1976, MIchael and his family moved to Stony Point, NY and after his separation from his wife, he resided in Staten Island, NY until moving to Monroe Township, NJ in 2002.  It's funny what you remember about a person.  I can remember waking up very early and following my father around the house while he got ready for work.  He would splash my face with aftershave.  When I smell leather, I will always think of my father as he always wore leather coats and drove cars with leather seats.  I can remember his laugh, it was so contagious.  My dad could get lost in the driveway.  No matter where he went or how many times he went somewhere, he always got lost.  In Viet Nam, my dad would be on one road and the convoy would be on the other.  My brother and I speak of what my dad has taught us and the one thing that stands out in our mind is to always have a sense of humor.  My dad told me  one time not to dwell about my present situation because  my whole life could change in an instant and it has.

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I missed you at the Thanksgiving table this year. I love you
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Happy Father's Day. I miss you.
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Happy Birthday Dad
Song Dedication Memorial Tribute
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Song Name: This is the time
Artist: Billy Joel
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For you Dad, Love Tony & Mel
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My memory of my dad is when I was a kid I used to take my toy shave kit and join in him in the bathroom and we would ...
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Dad, I love you, even though I never got the chance to tell you so when you passed. Love your son, Tony
Heart Memorial Tribute
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Dad you will always be in my thoughts, prayers and most of all in my heart.


Fathers Name: Michael
Mothers Name: Rita
Children's Names: Anthony & Karen
Siblings Names: Laura & Greg
Country of Birth: USA
Country of Residence: USA
City of Residence: Monroe Township
Occupation: Sales
Marital Status: Married
Religion: Catholic


Favourite Sport: Football
Favourite Team: NY Jets
Favourite Movie: Anything Action
Favourite Music Genre: Pop


Place of Passing: New Brunswick, NJ
Date of Passing: 3 January 2008
Cause of Passing: Heart Attack
Type of Funeral: One without a family
Place of Burial: Hurley, NY
Plot Number: Unknown
Funeral Date: 7 January 2008
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