Carl V. Valenti, Chief, Quincy Fire Department, Retired, age 90

of East Bridgewater

Carl V. Valenti, Chief, Quincy Fire Department, Retired, age 90

East Bridgewater, Carl V. Valenti, Chief, Quincy Fire Department, Retired, age 90, formerly of Cape Cod and Quincy, died peacefully, Sunday, November 4, 2018 at his daughter’s home, surrounded by his loving family.

Carl was born in Quincy to the late Michael A. and Domenica A. (DiScuillo) Valenti. He was raised in Quincy and was a graduate of Quincy High School and attended Northeastern University. He had lived briefly in East Bridgewater, previously over twenty years on Cape Cod and most of his life in Quincy.

He was a retired Chief of the Quincy Fire Department. Carl was appointed to the Quincy Fire Department on December 7, 1957. He was promoted to Lieutenant on May 2, 1970, to Captain on February 16, 1974 and to Deputy Chief on July 22, 1978. On August 5, 1985 he was promoted to Acting Chief and then to the rank of Chief on May 4, 1987. He retired on June 24, 1988 after thirty-one years of service.

Carl was a proud World War II veteran having served in the U.S. Coast Guard and as a Seaman 2/c, aboard the U.S.S. Eugene (PF-40), a Tacoma-class frigate.

As a young man, Carl was a successful stock car racer with the nickname “Speedy Fireman”. He won many races in his number “36” race car at various tracks, including Seekonk, Westboro and Norwood.

Later in life, he was well-known for his karaoke skills and was called the “Ambassador on the Cape”.

Most of all, Carl’s passion was for his family and especially to his grandchildren and great grandchildren, supporting all their many activities and accomplishments.

Beloved husband of the late Emily A. (Grant) Valenti.

Devoted father of Teresa M. Valenti of Weymouth, Cynthia J. Murrin of East Bridgewater and the late Michael A. Valenti II.

Loving grandfather and Papa of Michael A. Ostman, Jr. and his wife Valia of Westford, Timothy Carl Valenti of Holbrook, John A. Murrin of East Bridgewater, Michael A. Valenti III and his wife Kaitlin Lightfoot of Irvington, New York, Christopher J. Valenti and Kara Geromini of Franklin, Jennifer Valenti Eori and her husband Christopher of Plymouth.

He was the cherished Papa of seven great grandchildren.

Dear brother of Mary R. DiRado and her late husband Victor of Rockland, Theresa L. “Terry” Pasquale and her husband Lou of Braintree, Phyllis A. Parker and her husband Jack of Merrimack, Anna L. Rao and her late husband Atilio of Malden, Barbara M. Bucchianeri and her late husband Ralph, Quincy Fire Department, Retired of Quincy and the late Joseph M. Valenti. Carl is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Longtime companion of Marion Valenti of California.

Funeral from the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Avenue, Quincy, Thursday, November 8th at 9 a.m. Funeral Mass in Saint John the Baptist Church, 44 School Street, Quincy at 10 o’clock. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Visiting Hours at the funeral home on Wednesday from 4 – 7 p.m. Interment with Military Honors at Mount Wollaston Cemetery, Quincy.

For those who wish, donations in Carl’s memory may be made to Old Colony Hospice, 321 Manley Street, West Bridgewater, MA 02379 or to the Alzheimer’s Association, 309 Waverly Oaks Road, Waltham, MA 02452.


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  • Carl was such a good friend! Honest and concerned for others without judgement. His charm and grace mastered his presence and he was the depiction of decency. I will miss our friendship of 20 years, so very much. He was a “once in a lifetime” kinda’ guy! I will carry your memory forward, till we can have coffee again. Love you to pieces!!

  • Gonna miss u Uncle Carl….
    Great uncle and role model…
    Lots of great memories…
    You will be greatly missed
    Love Diane

  • Terry & Cindy

    Thinking of you and your family.

    Sorry for your loss.

  • Terri & Cindy
    Memories are the best pictures. Hold them dearly and they will never fade. We love you guys

  • To the best Papa this granddaughter could ask for. Rest in peace with my Dad, your presence will be missed.

  • My condolences to the family and all who loved Carl. The seeming finality of death is what makes it especially difficult. But we can have confidence that God yearns to bring back to life the dead who are preserved in his memory. (Job 14:14,15) His Word, the Bible, gives us a wonderful hope of living in a paradise on earth and seeing the resurrection of our dead loved ones. (Luke 23:43; John 5:28,29) May this bring you some comfort during this difficult time.

  • Cindy, What a beautiful picture and summation of his life. Sorry for your loss and prayers to stay strong during this difficult time.

  • for the family: I send my love and sorrow for your loss. Uncle Carl was a true loving, kind man. he married my Aunt Emily and loved her in sickness and health. My boys still talk about uncle carl fire trucks when they were little visiting the fire station. May he rest in peace my dear Uncle Carl. love, joni gulf breeze fl.