Thomas Valvano

Thomas Joseph Valvano

1961 - 2022

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Obituary of Thomas Joseph Valvano

Thomas Joseph Valvano, 60, of Columbia, passed away on November 13, 2022.


He was born on November 22, 1961 in Queens, New York to Michael and Blanche (Quinn) Valvano.


Survivors include three children, Tom Valvano (Sierra), Sean Valvano and Brianna Valvano; ex-wife, Jeanine Valvano; two brothers, Michael Valvano (Nancy), John Valvano (Lori); wife, Jodie Shields; and two grandchildren, Joanna Valvano and Evelyn Valvano.


He is preceded in death by his mother and father, Michael and Blanche Valvano.


Tom had a lifelong passion for music, art, philosophy, athletics and photography. He spent many of his early years writing music and playing the guitar. Among his musical hobby, he enjoyed pencil drawings, weight lifting, archery and taking photographs. His lifelong occupation was in the service industry. He served as a manager, bartender and server at numerous restaurants on the east coast.


His quick wit and charming personality were both a blessing and a curse.


Tom will be sorely missed by family and friends, but we will see him again soon.


The family will receive friends at the home of John and Lori Valvano (Columbia, SC), on Sunday, November 20th, from 2:00pm - 4:00pm.


Memorials may be made to the MEMORIAL CONTRIBUTIONS. (St Jude Children's Hospital)


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