Romeo Valianti

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Romeo Valianti, 90, of Finksburg, died Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at his home. Born on June 9, 1924 in Baltimore, he was the son of the late Vincent and Josephine Castellani Valianti. He was the husband of Ethel Bish Valianti, his wife of 69 years. He was a graduate of Westminster High School and the Baltimore College of Commerce, Auditing, Accounting & Management. In 1942 he enlisted in the United States Navy. He served during WWII and Korean Conflict with tours in the North Atlantic, North Africa, European, Mediterranean, Pacific, and Asia. He was awarded 6 major campaign battles and the Liberation of the Philippines Service Medal. He remained a proud supporter of the United States Military his entire life and enjoyed the Veteran's Day celebrations at various local high schools. He worked for the Investigative Auditor Credit Finance Co.. From 1955 to 1981, he was employed by the Maryland State Comptrollers Office as the Director of the Admissions and Amusement Tax Division. In 1967 he was appointed by Governor Spiro Agnew as Chief Auditor of the Maryland Gambling Commission. In 1968, Governor Agnew appointed him as a member of an Executive Committee for Maryland Sales Tax & Use Tax, Admissions & Amusement Tax, and all other related taxes. From 1970 to 1976, Governor Agnew appointed him as a member of Carroll County Board of Directors of the Department of Carroll County Department of Social Services. From the 1950's, Romeo was an avid fan of the Baltimore Colts, often traveling with the team to games, including the 1958 championship against the New York Giants and the 1969 Super Bowl in Miami versus the Jets. From 1987 to 1993, he was appointed by the Carroll County Commissioners to the Parks & Recreation Board. From 1993 to 2005 he was appointed by the mayors of Westminster as the Chairman of the Board of Zoning Appeals. And from 1992 to 2010, he was appointed by the Carroll County Commissioners as Chairman of the Board of License Commissioners (Liquor Board). He was a life member of Molville Farm Post 467, VFW; life member of Disabled American Veterans (D.A.V.), Old Glory Post 22; member of the American Legion Post 31; and a charter and life member of the Westminster Elks BPOE 2277. Short on stature, his passion for politics was huge. He was an activist in local and national campaigns. Surviving in addition to his wife are daughter Carole Valianti Hammen and son-in-law Don Hammen of Finksburg; sister Clara Schaeffer of Westminster; grandson Christopher Hammen; and brother-in-law Kenneth Bish of Houston, TX; and many nieces and nephews. He also has cousins in Pisa, Italy. He was predeceased by infant brother Dominic and brothers Reno, Dino, and Louis Valianti; sisters Mary Caple and Anna Lolli; and nephews Vincent Valianti, Vincent Lolli, Arthur Caple, Ernesto Molfino and Louis Lolli. The family will receive friends on Sunday from 1 to 4 and 6 to 9 pm. at Pritts Funeral Home and Chapel, 412 Washington Rd., Westminster. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday at 10:00 am. at St. John Catholic Church, 43 Monroe St., Westminster. Interment will be in St. John Cemetery, Westminster. Memorial contributions may be made in his name to Wounded Warriors, PO Box 758517, Topeka Kansas 66675 or to the Humane Society of Carroll County, c/o Nicky Ratliff, 2517 Littlestown Pike, Westminster, MD 21157. Online condolences may be made at

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Pritts Funeral Home
412 Washington Road
Westminster, MD 21157
Published in Carroll County Times on Dec. 12, 2014
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