Michael S. Valvo
FORESTVILLE – Michael S. Valvo, 93, of Main Street, Forestville, passed away peacefully, Fri-day, November 15, at his residence.
He was born in the village of Forestville, on Janu-ary 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 WWII. 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 and 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 and a Mail Carrier for the Forestville Post Office, retiring in 1979 and also worked as a Custodian and Bus Driver for Forestville Central School. Mr. Valvo was a current member of Forestville Fire Department, where he had served as President, Chief and Assistant Chief and served as Captain and Lieutenant of the Rescue Squad, was the oldest living EMT in NYS, starting in 1972, was an EMT Instructor and CPR Instructor, a member of the Chautauqua County EMS Council, J. Carter Knapp American Legion Post 953, Forestville, where he served as Past Commander and 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 first 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 four grandchildren Terri (North) Rosier, Robert North, Timothy North and Natalie Valvo, seven great grandchildren Tyler North, Kayla North, Trey North, Jennica North, Trevor North, Shelby Smith and Lea North, special friend John Potter of Arkwright and several nieces and 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 two brothers Carl and Christy Valvo and by three sisters Marian Peters, Nancy Stone and Cecelia Valvo.
Friends are welcome to call at the Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville on Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m., 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.