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ValvoMFORESTVILLE:  Michael S. Valvo, 93, of Main Street, Forestville, passed away peacefully, Friday, November 15th 2013, at his residence.  He was born in the Village of Forestville, on January 5, 1920, the son of the late Samuel and Sara (Randazzo) Valvo.

Mr. Valvo was a graduate of Forestville Central School, Class of 1938 and served in the U.S. Army as a Pfc during WW II. He received the Silver Star medal for his actions on July 10, 1943 when his engineering regiment approached shore at Red Beach, Licata Sicily.  The men had jumped from the ship wearing their gear, only to find themselves submerged & pulled to near drowning by a strong undertow.  Mr. Valvo swam to shore, removed his gear and swam back out to rescue his comrades while being barraged by enemy fire.  Three men lived as a result of his selfless act.  Mr. Valvo also received many other medals including the Purple Heart.  He worked as a Postmaster & a Mail Carrier for the Forestville Post Office, retiring in 1979 and also worked as a Custodian & Bus Driver for Forestville Central School.    Mr. Valvo was a current member of Forestville Fire Department, where he had served as President, Chief & Assistant Chief and served as Captain & Lieutenant of the Rescue Squad, was the oldest living EMT in NYS, starting in 1972, was an EMT Instructor & CPR Instructor, a member of the Chautauqua County EMS Council, J. Carter Knapp American Legion Post #953, Forestville, where he served as Past Commander & Financial Officer, a member of Sheridan VFW Memorial Post #6390, Moose Lodge #89, Dunkirk and Hanover Lodge #152 F&AM, Forestville.  He was a former member of the Forestville Village Board, a former Forestville Youth Recreation Director, a former member of the Forestville Central School Board twice and serving once as President and in 2008, the Village of Forestville dedicated the 1st week in October as Mike Valvo week, in recognition of his services to the community.

Survivors include two daughters, Carol (Dave) McEntarfer, of Forestville, Vicky Valvo, of Buffalo, a son, Gary (Nancy) Valvo, of Hermosa Beach, CA, two brothers, Louis Valvo, of Maryland and Joseph (Mary) Valvo, of Pennsylvania.  Also surviving are 4 grandchildren Terri (North) Rosier, Robert North, Timothy North & Natalie Valvo, 7 great grandchildren Tyler North, Kayla North, Trey North, Jennica North, Trevor North, Shelby Smith & Lea North, special friend John Potter of Arkwright and several nieces & nephews.  Besides his parents he was predeceased by his wife Lucile (Tanner) Valvo, whom he married June 14, 1952 in Forestville and who died May 7, 2011, by 2 brothers Carl & Christy Valvo and by 3 sisters Marian Peters, Nancy Stone & Cecelia Valvo.

Friends are welcome to call at the Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville on Wednesday from 2-4 & 7-9 pm, from where Funeral Services will be held Thursday morning at 11 o’clock, with Pete Dawson, Fire Service Chaplain, officiating.  Interment will follow in Forestville Cemetery.

Graveside Military Services will be conducted by members of J. Carter Knapp American Legion Post #953, Forestville.  A Fireman’s Service will be conducted Wednesday evening at 7 o’clock in the Funeral Home by members of the Forestville Fire Department.

The family suggests memorial donations may be made to the Forestville Fire Dept. Emergency & Rescue Squad, Chestnut Street, Forestville, NY 14062.  To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.

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7 Comments on Obituary Notice- Michael S. Valvo

  1. Mickey Bradigan says:

    I fondly remember playing in Mike and Lucille’s yard in my younger day’s.Mike was a friend to all.The village of Forestville lost a great man.

  2. Lyn Dee Dobbins says:

    To the Valvo Family

    I was saddened to read of Mike’s passing and know how much you will all miss his presence in your lives. Forestville has also lost a solid citizen who only wanted the best for the village. The hill has lost another long time resident who watch out for all of us like we too were part of his family, from my brothers and myself to my children, especially my youngest Jon.

    Love
    Lyn Dee Dobbins and family

  3. jim palmer says:

    Mr. Valvo was my EMT instructor 30 years ago. I leveraged that into a 28 year career as a professional firefighter. Rest in peace my friend, and thanks for what you have done for me and your community. Jim Palmer

  4. Margot Bennett says:

    Vicky,

    Just wanted to extend my condolences to you and your family. What a wonderful write-up on your Dad, just splendid – truly a life well lived.

    Margot

  5. Kevin and Roberta Belote says:

    What an honor it was knowing someone who gave so much to so many. Mike spent his life helping others in so many ways. He will truly be missed. I have so many fond memories of growing up as his neighbor. It was a real blessing knowing that he was across the street from my Mother, always there to help when needed.

  6. Steve Muck says:

    My earliest memory of Mike was of him handing out American flags on Memorial Day, I was probably only five years old. Years later he was still there to pass them out to my children and grandchildren.
    Mike always seemed to be serving others, whether it be refereeing youth rec basketball, teaching CPR, delivering the mail, or serving on the village and school boards, and of course his ever faithful response to emergency calls of every kind.
    If you think about it, Mike was truly a shining example of America’s “Greatest Generation” living quietly among us.
    We will miss him, but his legacy will live on.

  7. Amanda Whitmore says:

    I had no idea of your age when you taught me to save lives. What I do remember is how patient you were. Encouraging, professional, and fun to be around. May God take and wrap you and yours in his tender loving arms. You will be missed by many.

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