Michael Anthony 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, NY 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, NY 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 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 in clay. But his talents extended well beyond just 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 UVM, Drs. Julie Olin and Hibba Rehman and his primary care physician, Dr. Robert Quinn. Finally, Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice assured 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 www.awrfh.com.