Thomas P. Valentino, 77, of Kirkville passed away on the night of Sunday, March 22 after a brief illness. Thomas was born on November 20, 1942, the son of the late Paul and Domenica Valentino of Taft Road in East Syracuse and was a 1960 graduate of East Syracuse High School. In 1974 he built the Kirkville home his family was raised in and where he resided until his passing.
Thomas is survived by his daughter, Debby Bay, and son-in-law Brian Bay, his son Tim Valentino and Tim’s partner Cathy Christian, and his grandchildren Tyler and Ashlee Valentino, and Cameron and Caleb Bay, his brother, Myron and sister-in-law Donna Valentino and sister, Stephanie and brother-in-law Clark Tippens, along with nieces and a nephew.
A lifelong avid hunter, as well as fisherman, and drag car builder and racer in his youth, Tommy was always the storyteller of the family, enthralling guests with the tales of his exploits and his sense of humor any chance he got. In later years, the racing gave way to attending and competing in car shows and the hunting and fishing gave way to watching outdoor shows on TV, but his love for cars and nature was always present.
After 24 years working at Western Electric right out of high school, Tommy found himself out of work due to the divestiture of AT&T and decided to take his experience in building and remodeling homes and turn it into a way to make a living. Home Technology was born. For thirty-five years, Tommy got to do what he loved to do, working with his hands. Between his carpentry skills, mechanical abilities and just plain figure it out attitude, he always said he could fix anything, but a broken heart. Our hearts are broken now.
Although challenged with memory difficulties in recent times, never did a conversation go by where Tommy did not ask about his grandchildren who were his pride and joy. He always remembered those he loved, and we will always remember him.
Services at New Comer will be private at the convenience of the family due to the current social restrictions. Tommy will be laid to rest in Saint Mary’s Cemetery in DeWitt.
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to either the American Heart Association, Syracuse Chapter PO Box 3049 Syracuse, NY 13220-3049 or Alzheimer's Association, Central New York Chapter 441 W Kirkpatrick St, Syracuse, NY 13204
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