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Obituary: Robert J. Valli, 76

Robert “Bob” Valli died May 30, at his home in New Hyde Park, after a three-year battle with brain cancer. He was 76. Valli was the consummate gentlemen, an accomplished businessman and enthusiastic volunteer.  He will be remembered by family and friends as an avid golfer, fitness enthusiast, tri-athlete, sailor, and most of all a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather and friend.  

 

Bob was born in Brooklyn in 1937, and graduated from Brooklyn Technical High School in 1956.  He received his BA from City College and his MBA with Distinction from New York University.   He was a member of the DKE fraternity where he met many of his lifelong friends.  Bob was a veteran of the United States Army and received the Soldier of the Cycle Award. 

 

Starting his career at Chemical Bank in 1965, he moved to Standard & Poors, Inc. and eventually was promoted to assistant treasure of McGraw-Hill in 1970.  Switching career paths in 1975, Bob ran for, and was elected to the office of Receiver of Taxes for the Town of North Hempstead.  He held that office for 16 years, returning to the private sector in 1992 with State Bank of Long Island.  Subsequently he was Vice President at HSBC, from where he retired in November of 2012.

 

As a strong advocate for community service, Bob, for the past 33 years, along with elected officials, bank employees, family and friends organized and participated in sing-a-long programs for countless organizations.   With his trusty guitar, he entertained at various senior centers and veteran’s hospitals brightening the holiday season for those in need of a smile.  

 

Bob was a longtime performer of the Herricks Community Players.  He was also a member of the Cellini Lodge, Sons of Italy in America, New Hyde Park Council of the Knights of Columbus and the New Hyde Park Runners Club.  He served on the board of the Suffolk County Girl Scouts and Our Lady of Consolation Foundation in West Islip.  He initiated and funded the Valli Family Service Award which benefits a graduating senior at New Hyde Park Memorial High School.

 

If anyone needed help, whether he knew them or not, Bob was there.  He was a truly special man.  When they say they don’t make ‘em like they used to, they are talking about Bob.  He is survived by his wife Barbara of 50 years, his children Robert Jr. and his wife Jill, Jennifer and her husband Peter, Christopher and his wife Molly, his five grandchildren, Robert III, Sophia, Pete, Ronan and Finn, his brothers Victor and Arthur along with nieces and nephews.

News

What Thanksgiving Means In Mineola

Thanksgiving is a holiday, a festival, celebration and food fest. Tradition says the first Thanksgiving feast was celebrated by pilgrims and Native Americans back in 1621 to give thanks for their harvest after a harsh winter. Over a century later, George Washington, the nation’s first president, issued a Thanksgiving proclamation in 1789.

 

Fast forward to 21st century—the modern day Thanksgiving has come a long way since then. What has not changed however is the shared elaborate meal consumed with family and  friends in the same spirit of celebration and giving thanks for the blessings.

Winthrop University Hospital employee Jeffrey Brenner, a hyperbaric technician with the Life Support Technologies group in Mineola, recently received the American Heart Association’s prestigious Louis J. Acampora Heart Saver Award at a dinner at the Crest Hollow Country Club. The award is named for a Long Island teenager who succumbed to a sporting injury that is understood to have been preventable if a cardiac medical device had been immediately on-scene and applied. 

 

“I hope that I have made a real difference in my town and the world around me to help prevent death and improve the quality of people’s lives” said Brenner.


Sports

After consecutive seasons of finishing runner-up in the men’s golf Player of the Year for the Skyline Conference, Christian Bleck of St. Joseph’s took home first place in a rather unlikely turn of events. 

 

After a herniated disc caused the Chaminade High School alum to miss every event after the first week of the season until the conference tournament, Bleck returned—without even having the luxury of practicing a full 18 holes—and competed with the best players the conference has to offer. 

Cross-Country Crowned Champs

The Mineola Mustang boys cross-country team won the division 4A championship recently at Bethpage State Park.  This is the first championship for the program since 1974, ending a 40-year championship drought. 

 

Mineola defeated Seaford, who also entered the undefeated in division competition, 38-20.  Overcoming rain and high winds throughout the race, many Mustangs ran personal records for the 5K in route to the victory.


Calendar

Mineola School Meeting - November 20

Fools Rush In - November 21

Mustangs Face Roosevelt - November 22 


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