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MIDDLETON, MA - Rick Valles, 60, of Middleton, Mass., 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, N.H.; and son, Francesco Sorrentino, and his wife, Kerry, of Tewksbury, Mass., 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.
Funeral arrangements are being handled by Mackey Funeral Home, 128 S. Main ?Street, Middleton. Visiting hours will be held Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. There will be a funeral Mass celebration of Rick's life at St. Agnes Church, 22 Boston Street, Middleton, MA, on Thursday at 9 a.m. The burial service will take place at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett, Mass. 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.
Published on February 19, 2018
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