Valentine Charles Anzalone
It is with deepest regret that the family of Valentine Anzalone announces his passing on January 22, 2021 at St. Ann's Care Center, Webster, NY.
He was a graduate of Jamestown High School, SUNY Fredonia, and The Eastman School of Music where he earned his Performance Certificate and Masters Degree.
Valentine started his teaching career for the Red Jacket School District in the late 1950's, and then went on to teach many decades and retire from the Pittsford, NY School District. He might most be remembered for the music teaching series that he wrote, Breeze-Easy-Method. This series has been used throughout the United States and abroad for over 50 years. Many fellow musicians and students will remember him for his inspiring, cheerful, disposition and his skill at music arrangement.
During his retirement, he continued to play and to publish numerous music arrangements. He played with many jazz bands and big bands in the Greater Rochester Region. Valentine continued to encourage local musicians while being part of The Greater Rochester Jazz Festival. In addition, Valentine was a member of NY State Musicians Union.
Valentine is predeceased by his parents, Charles & Palma Anzalone; his first wife, Dr. Patricia Howie; son, Charlie Anzalone; and second wife, Judith Anzalone. Survivors include, daughters, Patsy Snyder of Ontario, NY, Valerie Niewieroski of Ft. Pierce, Fl, Tamara Bain (Raymond) of Rochester, NY; grandchildren, Michael (Madison) Bain, AJ Snyder, Matthew (Torrie) Bain, Sam Snyder; great-grand children, Makayla, Madelyn and Marley; cousin, Joe Anzalone and numerous friends, former students and members of our "Musical Community".
The Anzalone family will be holding a private service, and plan to have a celebration of his life at a later date. To share a memory of Valentine or send a condolence to the family visit www.anthonychapels.com
The family asks that you take a moment to contemplate:
"Music is the great Uniter. An incredible force. Something that people who differ on everything and anything else can have in common."