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Obituary: Michael Anthony Valente, 1949-2017

Published October 3, 2017 at 5:30 a.m.
Updated December 26, 2017 at 10:57 p.m.

Michael Anthony Valente
  • Michael Anthony Valente

Michael A. Valente, 68, of Waterbury Center passed away peacefully at home on the morning of October 3, 2017. He was born on Valentine’s Day 1949 in Watervliet, N.Y., to Al and Anna Valente and was the youngest of four. He was predeceased by his parents and an older brother. Two sisters live in the Albany, N.Y., area. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

Michael was a well-known visual merchandiser in Burlington and beyond — in New York City, San Francisco and Dusseldorf, Germany. He could be seen almost daily in a store window arranging displays and dressing mannequins. He perfected the art of writing messages on the inside of the windows by writing in mirror image, and he always told a good story.

In addition to his career, he was also an accomplished artist who worked in stained glass and, in recent years, clay. But his talents extended well beyond those media. He was also an accomplished gardener and provided support and guidance to people who needed help. As one friend just wrote, “He is going to make a great angel."

Besides family, he is survived by his partner of 41 years, Bob Paolini, in whose arms he took his last breath. He was also greatly supported by friends and neighbors who provided comfort and care throughout his final weeks. We could not have done without their help. We’d also like to thank his oncologists at the University of Vermont, Drs. Julie Olin and Hibba Rehman, and his primary care physician, Dr. Robert Quinn. Finally, Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice ensured his comfort and that his final days would be pain-free. We are forever grateful for their work.

Per Michael’s wishes, there will be no services. Friends will gather at a later date in celebration of a life exceptionally lived. You are invited to share your memories and condolences by visiting

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