Arnold  Valentino

Arnold Valentino

Tuesday, July 7th, 1942 Thursday, May 7th, 2020

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Obituary for Arnold Valentino

Arnold Valentino, age 77, of Sayreville, passed away peacefully on Thursday, May 7, 2020 at his home in Parlin, with his loving family at his side. Arnold was born on July 7, 1942, grew up in Newark, New Jersey and graduated in 1958 from East Side High School. Shortly after, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in June of 1960 and served his country honorably until 1964 as a Lance Corporal. During his tenure, he was part of John F. Kennedy’s inaugural parade, but also had the unfortunate duty to be part of his funeral parade.

In 1974, he moved to Sayreville where, along with Helen, his wife of 52 years, they raised two daughters, Renee and Sharon.

After his service in the Marines, he worked on the railroad for 41 years. He began his career with the Central Railroad of New Jersey from 1965 to 1976, and then went on to work for Conrail from 1976 to 1982. In 1983, he began working for New Jersey Transit where he stayed until his retirement in 2006. He was always a smiling face for many commuters into and out of Newark and New York Pennsylvania Station and made countless friends who were both coworkers and passengers.

He was extremely proud of his military service and was an active member of the Sayreville American Legion Post 211. He joined in 1994 and served willingly for 27 years. During his time there, he served as Vice Commander and also as Post Commander from 2009 to 2010. He was also part of the Honor Guard and participated in countless Memorial Day ceremonies and parades, retired many tattered flags on Flag Day, and honored many of his fellow military vets at ceremonies and funerals.

He was commonly known as “The Mayor” because he seemed to know everyone. Those who knew him recognized that he would do anything for anyone in need; it didn’t matter what the task or who they were.
He was also an active member of the Sayreville War Memorial High School Marching Band - Band Parents Association and could be seen at every home show, car wash, clothing drive, competition and football game. They knew him as “BandPa.” Watching his granddaughters, Julia and Hailey, in the band was always a highlight for him.

Being a grandfather was a job he was made for and one that he never took lightly. He would stop, drop and roll to do anything for his grandkids and was active in their childhoods in any way he could be.
He loved going to watch his grandson, Vincent, play baseball. He also loved spending time with his grandchildren, Valentina and Anthony, at their home in Freehold, New Jersey.

He was also incredibly proud of Dana Roccanova, who was like another daughter to him, as he watched her grow into the woman and mother she has become. He was very fond of her son, Brandon Mancini, who followed in Arnold’s footsteps joining the Marine Corps, where he proudly serves today.
He is predeceased by his mother, Gertrude Valentino, and his sister, Gertrude “Trudy” Just.

Surviving is his loving wife of 52 years, Helen Valentino of Sayreville, his brother, Richard Valentino, and sister-in-law, Gail, both of Florida, Carmella Carley of North Carolina, his daughter, Renee Block, his son-in-law, Frederic Block, his two granddaughters, Julia and Hailey, his daughter, Sharon Mamone, son-in-law, Paul Mamone, and three grandchildren, Vincent, Valentina and Anthony, as well as several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services are private to family following federal guidelines regarding COVID-19. Completed arrangements and letters of condolence to the family may be found by visiting

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    Carmen F. Spezzi Funeral Home
    15 Cherry Lane
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    Liberty Grove Crematory
    549 Morristown Road
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Charlie O'Donnell

I worked with Artie at E'Port where I was a yard clerk and he was the Trainmaster. He was always a pleasure to work with. And, later call as a crew dispatcher. Artie is one of those people that will be " Truly Missed!!!" My deepest condolences to the family.
Comment | Posted at 01:48pm via Condolence

Lucille Perez

Our hearts are broken from the loss of our dear friend. Sincerest condolences to my best friend Helen and Renee, Sharon and their wonder families. The video tribute was wonderful and shows what a full and happy life Ticky lived. You will find solace in all those wonderful moments you all shared together. May you find peace in knowing that he is smiling down on you all. Our sincere love and prayers are for you all. Love, The Perez Families. Joe, Lucille, & Joseph, Diana, JJ, Nicky & Jason, Lubna, Danny, Kasandra.
Comment | Posted at 02:17pm via Condolence

Sue Adams

Words are never adequate at a time like this, my heart goes out to you all. I will always remember the great memories that we are privileged to have in knowing Artie. Heaven gained an Angel.
Comment | Posted at 10:13pm via Condolence

Sharon fredericks

To Tickys family....I’m so sorry for your loss. Your tribute video was so beautiful! May those wonderful memories comfort you through this terrible time. ❤️💜💖
Sharon (Winkler) Fredericks
Comment | Posted at 09:35pm via Condolence

Deborah Burzinski Zentek

Today, we all experienced a great loss. Loss of a family man & friend with the greatest of "heart & soul"...Your sendoff to Heaven was "apropos" for how you touched all of our lives...even in the smallest of ways, unaware of it all. With a heavy heart, we will miss you...God Bless You & Our Sympathy To Your Loved Ones.
Tom & Deb Zentek
Comment | Posted at 10:06pm via Condolence

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