In Loving

Gary Joseph Valenti

March 7, 1953 – March 22, 2024

Gary Valenti, 71, died suddenly at his home in Chesterfield County on Thursday, March 21, 2024.  Gary was born in Ohio in March of 1953 to parents George and Bertha Valenti. He loved working with his hands even as a child. Gary was proud of painting the family garage all by himself at the age of seven.  Unfortunately, his father, not so much. As a child, his insatiable curiosity about all things technical launched a life devoted to helping others. Gary was a varsity wrestler at Richmond Heights High School, graduating in 1971. He then enlisted in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam era, and served four years working on medical equipment at military hospitals.  Gary’s father George had possessed a passion for electronics that he passed on to his son. Gary moved to Virginia in 2000 and eventually began working for General Electric as a field engineer and online technical engineer. Gary met the love of his life, Sandra at a swing dance class and famously quipped, “Dancing is the most fun you can have with your shoes on,” and they married in 2016. Gary retired from General Electric in 2022.

Besides swing dancing, Gary also had a passion for classic cars, and for passing on his vast knowledge of electronics and computers. He will be remembered as a devoted family man, consummate encourager, and a master teacher.  Widely known for the countless lives he touched, Gary leaves a legacy of always going above and beyond, generously helping numerous family and friends with their problems and projects, all the while keeping them laughing with his dry sense of humor.

Gary is survived by his wife Sandra Marie; his children Jason (Tiffany), Justin (Amy), Bethany (Chris), and Bud (Samantha); stepsons HP (Jessica) and Ryan (Mary); brother Dale (Sharon), and cherished friends Richard and Taylor.  Gary leaves behind his grandchildren Nyssa, Jahn-Zyel, Ethan, Elijah, Eva, Landon, Henry, and Eleanor, and great-grandson Ruger.

Services will be held Saturday, April 6 at Affinity Funeral Service, 2720 Enterprise Parkway with Visitation at 2:00 PM and Memorial Service at 3:00 PM.

Entombment will take place at 12:00 PM on Monday, April 8 at Windsor Gardens Cemetery & Mausoleum, in Dutton, Virginia, located on the Gloucester/Mathews County line.