Frank A. Valente, a lifelong resident of Darien, died on Thursday, Oct. 18 at Stamford Hospital.

Born Nov. 10, 1924 in Darien, he was the son of the late Anthony and Lucy (Conte) Valente. He was 87.

Mr. Valente entered the United States Army in July 1943 and landed June 6 on Normandy Beach. He loved to share his war stories with his children and grandchildren of how he was a recipient of two Purple Hearts and was awarded several distinguished service medals. Mr. Valente was a long time postal worker for the Town of Darien, retiring in 1990.

Mr. Valente was involved in several businesses — he was owner of Darien Shell Gas Station and was a Partner of Chevron in Darien. Mr. Valente was a Darien special police officer for 30 years. He worked at St. Thomas More in Darien from 1990-2001 and also spent a great deal of time working at Springdale Florist. In his leisure time, Mr.Valente was an avid gardener and enjoyed playing golf and bowling.

Mr. Valente was tirelessly involved with the Piedmont Associates, Springdale Athletic Association, Knights of Columbus, VFW-Darien, DAV (Disabled American Veterans), Association of the Purple Heart, and the Darien Old Timers.

Mr. Valente is survived by his beloved wife of 65 years — Josephine, his son Jim and wife Cindy of Shelton; his son John and wife Dawn of St. Louis Park, Minn.; his daughter Joanne and husband Mario of Stamford, CT; his son Jeff and wife Eilish of Darien, and his daughter Janice and husband Steven of Derby. He is also survived by his eight loving grandchildren — Kristen, Reg, Frank, Allison, Lauren, Kellie, T.J., and Faith.

The family will receive friends at the Edward Lawrence Funeral Home, 2119 Post Road, Darien on Sunday, Oct. 21 from 2 to 6 p.m.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday, Oct. 22 at St. Thomas More Church, 374 Middlesex Road, Darien at 11 a.m. Burial will immediately follow at St. John's Cemetery, Darien.

Memorial donations may be made to the national Veterans Service Fund, Inc., P. o. Box 2465, Darien, CT 06820 or the American Heart Association, Connecticut Affiliate, Inc., 5 Brookside Drive, P. O. Box 5022, Wallingford, CT 06492.

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