Obituaries

Rick Valles

Died: 2018-02-16
Resided in: Middleton, MA
Viewing type: Visitation
Viewing location: Mackey FH
Viewing date: 2018-02-21 5-8pm
Service type: Funeral Mass
Service date: 2018-02-22 9am
Service location: St Agnes Parish, Middleton, MA
Burial type:
Burial date: 2018-02-22
Cemetery: Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett, MA
Contributions: Dana Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA. 02284.
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Rick Valles 60, of Middleton, MA. passed away on February 16, 2018 after a lengthy illness. Rick was born in Beverly and raised in Peabody. He was a graduate of Deerfield Academy and Babson College. Rick worked for the MBTA for several years. In his youth, Rick was an accomplished swimmer and earned All-American Honors while at Deerfield Academy. After his swimming days concluded, Rick applied his knowledge and experience coupled with his competitive spirit to the coaching ranks. He gave back to the sport he loved and which defined him by passionately coaching and mentoring young swimmers at the National Level. Rick had “a gift” for bringing out the best in people and for finding “the good” in everyone he came in contact with. Rick leaves behind his wife Rosanne who was the “love of his life” and who provided incredible devotion, commitment, unconditional love and support to Rick throughout their marriage and his extended illness. Rosanne’s family became Rick’s family and loved him very much. Her two daughters Stefanie Sorrentino and Kelly of Haverhill, Danielle Sorrentino and Heather of Seabrook, NH and son, Francesco Sorrentino and his wife Kerry of Tewksbury, MA all had a special place in Rick’s heart. In addition, Rick leaves behind his four sons, Philip, Nicholas, Alexander and Christopher Valles of Danvers from a prior marriage. Rick never stopped loving his boys. Rick’s sister Elyse Champigny and husband Jimmy of Peabody, brother Peter Valles and his wife Pam of Peabody and niece Vanessa McGunnigle and her husband Kevin of Hingham all played important and influential roles in Rick’s life and who he loved and valued so very much. Rick is predeceased by his parents, Philip and Veneta Valles and his nephew, Jonathan Champigny all formerly from Peabody. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA. 02284. To leave a condolence kindly visit www.mackeyfuneralhome.com.

I am so saddened by this loss. Ricky was always a sweet, gentle man. I'm happy to have reconnected with him in recent years. (Coincidentally my kids babysat for his boys back in Newburyport.) My heart breaks for his family, wife, sister Elise and brother Peter. I so wish I could be there to honor him, but I am out of the country until Feb. 28th. Marisa Didio will represent me in spirit. In deepest sympathy, Dotsie Freni Parker
My dear Rosanne We are so very sorry for the passing of your beloved Rick! He was truly a wonderful person who loved life and family and his friends. Love Peter and Joanne Fulciniti
Our hearts our heavy with the news of Ricks passing. Rick was the kindest, most thoughtful person we could have ever had the honor of knowing. Rick would always bring the best out of everyone he was around and was a role model on how to be an amazing person. You and my mom fought this battle every day and the strength and positivity you showed throughout was truly inspirational. In your last moments you were surrounding by those you love, who loved you more than you could ever know. We will always look up to you Papa Rick and forever keep you in our thoughts and prayers. I hope they are serving you all the coconut ice cream you could ask for. Love your son & daughter, Francesco & Kerry.
Dear Rick, Even though you were my brother-in-law, I ‘ve always considered you my brother. I can’t believe you’re no longer here with us, I still feel your presence every day. I’ll always remember visiting you daily, bringing you your favorite foods, and spending time by your side as you fought this disease. Despite your daily struggles you always remained positive and focused on the things in life that truly matter. It was an honor to have been able to meet your brother Peter, and sister-in-law Pam. It meant so much to be there with you, your brother, your sister-in-law, and your devoted wife Rosanne while you took your last breath. Your wife and your loving brother held your hands in those final moments. I never thought in my life I’d ever meet a guy like you. My sister was very fortunate to have you. I’ll miss you so much Rick. Now you’re resting in peace without any pain. Those we love don’t go away, they walk beside us everyday. Unseen, unheard, but always near. Still loved, still missed, and held so dear. We love you and loved Rick as well. –Enza Capobianco
I can’t even put into words the way I feel about Uncle Rick’s passing. His fight was long, painful and exhausting, but not once did he complain about any of it. Positivity always radiated out of him and he never once gave up. I have never met anyone as selfless as him - I will never forget visiting him in the hospital and him asking my Aunt if she can bring the doctors and nurses bagels because he was so grateful for the care they provided him with. I am so humbled to have known him and call him an Uncle- he has taught me a lot in the short time that we spent together. The biggest lesson of all, is to be happy and be in love with everything that you choose to do because life is way too short. Prayers are with my aunt, Rosa, and all of those who loved my uncle dearly. May he rest in the sweetest peace. Nicole Capobianco
Rick, you went to bat for me with the board for my Harley parking, thank you so much for that. Although I never got to know you on a more personal level you were always kind hearted to me when we seen each other. Thank you for that. I wish you peace in God's arms brother, he will keep your wife Rosanne in his arms as well. Rest in Peace my friend. Ric ( Harley Guy)
GOOD bye Rick. I'm gonna start saying that I loved you from the first time I spoke to you over the phone. We never met and I regret that,but even from across the sea I felt your wonderful soul and the beauty of your person. We had so much hope that you were able to win this battle given to your positive attitude. Thank you for coming into our lives and you will for ever remain in our hearts. Thank you for all the love you had for my sister and for all of us as well. Thank you for telling me to live life the fullest, to forgive and give to others.If I could go back in time I would still pick you to be my Brother in law or rather my Brother from another mother. Through all your pain and suffering you still managed to say things like "I was blessed to have your sister for a wife and worry about her future. Thank you for being such a giving and selfless person. Love you to the moon and back. Joanne Peter and Vito Rallo
GOOD bye Rick. I'm gonna start saying that I loved you from the first time I spoke to you over the phone. We never met and I regret that but even from across the sea I felt your wonderful soul and the beauty of your person. We had so much hope that you were able to win this battle given to your positive attitude. Thank you for coming into our lives and you will for ever remain in our hearts. Thank you for all the love you had for my sister and for all of us as well. Thank you for telling me to live life the fullest to forgive and give to others. If I could go back in time I would still pick you to be my Brother in law or rather my Brother from another mother. Through all your pain and suffering you still managed to say things like "I was blessed to have your sister for a wife and worry about her future. Thank you for being such a giving person and selfless person. Love you to the moon and back. Joanne Rallo and family.
Uncle Rick, I had intended to give you a letter last week but my race against the timetable fell short, so I'll say here what I had planned on giving to you. Sidney Farber proclaimed: "The purpose of life is to spend it on something that outlives you. No man finds his ultimate end in himself, but does so by sharing with others." Your personality is embedded in this statement. You lived your life in a way that most can't fathom; with a smile during even the darkest of times, and a constant, unwavering love for those around you. Often times we neglect to tell people how we feel, or brush todays opportunities under tomorrow's rug, but none of that applied to you. I can genuinely say that I never saw you without a smile, regardless of what was occurring behind the curtain. I could only hope to live life in such a courageous manner. Your outpouring of love was evident in all that you did, whether it was giving advice or sharing simple conversation with those around you. I can attest to this with many examples, but one of them was during your last week with us. When I came by on Valentine's Day to bring chocolate truffles, in the midst of my visit there was a knock on the door. When Auntie opened the door, twelve long stem roses were delivered. She immediately said how beautiful the flowers were, and when she read the note, they were from you. I felt a warmth in my heart that I'm unsure I've ever felt before, because I was taken back by the gesture -- small, yet grand and left a forever imprint in my mind my heart. I know it did in Auntie's too, because it meant the world to her which was evident based on her facial expression while reading the card. It was shocking to see that despite what you were going through and what you've been through, that you still took the time and energy to put a smile on the face of someone you love. We should all try to be more like that, and I thank you for reinforcing that lesson. Along with your love and positive energy, you exemplified a faith that was inspiring like no other. You had said that you had total faith in God and that he had a plan for you, despite what plans you had made for yourself and for your loved ones. I think to walk by faith and not by sight is one of the hardest things to do in life, because to ask "why" is always easier than doing and not questioning. But throughout the last year, you always did the second. You fought to see another day. That being said, the beautiful blanket you always had with you had many different words on it. You had told two of your visitors that "the slogans are what life is all about. The healing, hope, love, family... that's what it's all about." And you are and were right. I felt comforted when you told me that you had seen great things and didn't regret any of it - I hope that we can all do that. Overall, this is a thank you for your presence in our lives. A thank you for being a wonderful husband, father, uncle, brother, friend and role model. A thank you for all the late night chats we had at the Brigham, for being a part of the small crowd that came to my college graduation and for always bringing out the best in those around you. I thank God for you and am confident you're watching down upon everyone, as you said you would. Your time was cut far too short but you had a great deal of life in your years, and unfortunately not enough years in your life. I know we will all take something away from that, as our paths are better for having crossed yours. May you rest in the sweetest peace Uncle Rick. Love you always. God Bless, Lisa D'Amore
Please accept my condolences on the loss of Rick. He was very much appreciated here at the MBTA and will be greatly missed.- Lynne Hopkins
Omaggio a mio cognato. Comincio col dirti che ti ho voluto bene sin dalla prima volta che ci siamo sentiti per telefono. Non ti conoscevo ancora ma anche oltre mare ho percepito la tua meravigliosa anima e la bellezza della tua persona. Eravamo così fiduciosi che avresti vinto questa battaglia dovuto al tuo atteggiamento positivo. Hai lottato contro tutte le avversità abbiamo sperato in un miracolo ma hai dovuto lasciarci. Sarai sempre nei nostri cuori grazie per tutto l'amore che ci hai dato e spero che adesso Dio si prenda cura di te. Con tutto l'amore possibile Joanne Rallo
Good Bye friend, Although we have only known each other for a short time, from the first time we spoke to each other over the phone, to the last time we sat together in your home, I felt as if we have been close friends for many years. Our time together both as friends and on the Board was entirely too short, but I believe we made a difference. I will miss our discussions and the friendship that we forged, I only wish that our time together had been longer. Your passing has left a void and I will miss you and our talks every day. Your positive outlook throughout your illness will always be an inspiration to me. Ken McCarthy
Rosanne, We are so sorry that you have lost your husband and your best friend. He was a good man and a good friend to us and to many. His passing has left a void in the hearts of many. We will miss him, but we feel that we were blessed to have known him. He is now at peace and his pain is just a memory. He now stands in the presence of God and in the arms of His love. May God bless him and you. We know he will keep watch over you and wait with patience until you are together again. Love, Linda, Ken and Melinda
I’m sorry to hear about the passing of Ricky. I met him only a handful of times and he always had a beautiful smile and seemed so positive and happy just about life in general. I met him through his loving sister Elyse and brother in law Jimmy Champigny who have been kind and loving people to me as not only their tenant but their friend. My condolences to you all.
Elyse, Jimmy and Peter. I have no words. My prayers are with you all. Love always, Tedi Tournas
Arrivederci Rick, Io e Giusy ti abbiamo conosciuto qui in Toscana per poi ritrovarci a Boston. Purtroppo ci siamo visti solo poche volte ma quello che ci ha colpito subito è sempre stato il tuo sorriso e il tuo animo gentile. Nonostante non parlassimo la stessa lingua, ci siamo sempre capiti anche solo a gesti e a sorrisi. Bastava questo per capire la persona meravigliosa che eri e che sarai sempre. Ti dobbiamo ringraziare per quello che ci hai trasmesso e per come ci hai fatto sentire. Ciò che auguro agli angeli che ti accompagnano, è che portino sempre il tuo sorriso nel cuore come faremo sempre noi. Un pensiero dall'Italia per Te, Rosanne, che tu sia sempre forte per come lo sei stata fino ad ora. Un forte abbraccio. Ti vogliamo bene. Marco e Giusy.
Good Bye friend, Although we have only known each other for a short time, from the first time we spoke to each other over the phone to the last time we sat together in your home, I felt as if we have been close friends for many years. Our time together both as friends and on the Board was entirely too short, but I believe we made a difference. I will miss our discussions and the friendship that we forged, I only wish that our time together had been longer. Your passing has left a void and I will miss you, as well as our interactions, every day. Your positive outlook throughout your illness will always be an inspiration to me. Ken McCarthy
Rick you will be missed. You always were very pleasant and kind. You were a joy to know and we will always keep you in our thoughts and prayers. Janice and Richard Gorman
I met Rick at a Falcons Football game, it was Senior Night for his son Christopher. We talked for quite a while and I found him to be warm, engaging, and a huge supporter of all his sons on and off the football field. He thanked me for my work on the Football Boosters and told me had been to most of his sons football games. I again saw him at the Thanksgiving game, he again reached out to me to wish me well, and again thanked me for helping with Football Boosters. In my conversations with Rick, father to father, I have no doubt he loved his sons with all his heart. His sons were all DHS Football Captains, tremendous athletes and respected players on and off the field. To Nick, Alex, and Chris, and the rest of the Valles family, I am very sorry for your loss.
Ricky, It isn't often you get to say all the things you want to say to a loved one before they pass away but fortunately over the last few weeks I was able to convey to you my best friend of 44 years just what our amazing friendship meant to me, how much I loved you and after the tremendous battle you withstood fighting cancer, that you were my hero. I have countless fond and fun memories of our times together that I will hold close to me forever. There is a tremendous void that we all feel in our hearts today. Please look down on us and watch over us as we watch over and care for your wonderful wife, Rosanne. God Bless and thank you my little Brother, you were the Best! Love, Teddy Patrikas
I only met Rick near the end, but I believe that we came to an understanding and friendship. His quite strength, faith, and positive attitude made hopefull that my life can still be full of love. I had hoped to know him longer, but I am thankful for the brief time that I did have him as my friend.
I only met Rick near the end, but I believe that we came to an understanding and friendship. We had some interesting conversations late into the night about many things. Family, friends, faith, hope, and how blessed we each were even though we were going through some of the greatest challenges of our lives. His quiet strenght, faith, and positive attitude gave me hope that I might be able to still find the love of my life before I get to join him. While I wish that I was able to have more conversations with him, I am grateful for the time that he was able to share with him. I will miss him. He is an inspiration to everyone who met him. Kevin P. Nelson (Rick's hospital friend) .
Non ti dirò mai addio.,perché anche se non fisicamente sei qui con noi.Il nostro cuore è pieno di amarezza e non lasci la mente nemmeno per un minuto. Voglio ricordarti come eri,pensare che ancora vivi e che come in passato mi parli e sorridi.Eri un fiore sulla terra da oggi sarai una stella. CON TUTTO L'AMORE DEL MONDO JOANNE
Rick, Your passing has left so many with a heavy heart. You were definitely one of kind. I never met anyone who was so grateful and optimistic about life. You never refused to lend a hand when needed. You loved my mother very deeply and also loved us all like your own. In our last convo together you kept telling me how proud you were for all us and our achievements in life and how much you have done in the years you have been with my mom. You traveled the world with a gleaming smile. So glad you got to see Italy. You fought the toughest battle with grace but god had greater plans for you, May you rest easy. You will forever be in our hearts. We Love you! Love, Danielle, Heather and your future grand daughter Jaylen
Rick and I were competitors in the pool , but good friends on deck. Our only real connection was thru the sport of swimming. Rick was on the Danvers YMCA and I was on the Lawrence YMCA .He attended Deerfield Academy and I Williston .We traveled to the same meets as age groupers and during our prep school years. We shared much in life and many laughs.He coached and I still do. Rick was a wonderful person to compete against .I never could swim faster in the backstroke than Rick and he was quick to point it out , in the most friendly and humorous way. My condolences to his family. He was such a great guy. Carlton Cronin
So sorry to hear of Rick passing.. I pray that God will help him through his journey back home in ever lasting peace and happiness!! My thoughts and prayers are with you all through this difficult time God bless..
I am so sorry for your loss. I remember Rick so fondly from the Salem Country Club swim team. Rick was an inspiration to us all and was a true team leader. So many of us looked up to him as he won every swim meet. He was awesome to watch and a joy to be around. Rick is in heaven for sure and will be missed by many. Rest well my friend. So sad to hear of the battle you fought. Susan McCarthy Runnals.
Ricky, The Salem Country Club, Ricky, Ricky, The Salem CC, Marblehead Y, Climbing Mt. Washington, jumping off the Bridge in Oquinquet, The Swampscott Beach Club, Interclub Championships , Watershows,Dolphin Tag, Gutter Tag, Deep Water Tag, Broom Hockey, Nancy's pizza, Fried Chips, Bridge, Spit,Crazy Eights, The Lago Mar, What a childhood we had. I know you left this world with the famous B.Roland Finish! Roseanne, i am so glad I met you. I'm so happy to know the love, happiness and family you both shared. God Bless Marisa Didio.
My heartfelt condolences Roseanne. I know words can't describe your loss. In the time I came to know Rick he always made time for me when I had any questions. He was a good man and will truly be missed. Your friend Richie DellaCroce.

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