Vincent Randolph Valentine was born on the Summer Solstice, June 21, 1932, to Edgar and Iris Valentine in Medford, Massachusetts. He was the youngest of five children Marjorie Johnson, Velma Polite, Edgar Valentine and Norma McDonald who preceded him in death.
He attended Medford High School where he was a member of the track team. A veteran of the Army, he served in the Korean War as a medic. Before Korea he met Lois McDonald of Fernandina Beach, Florida and they were married. The two welcomed four daughters, Lois Valentine, Vanessa Springer, Lorraine Valentine and Veronica Valentine. He was Godfather to Goddaughters, Constance Armstrong, Kristine Berry, Bria Darden and Godson Anton Mobley. Because of their deep love of family and their nurturing spirits they opened their home to a brother, Richard McDonald, and sisters, Albertha Anderson, Jeanette Mobley, Faye McDonald together with nieces and cousins, Mercedes Barrett, Beverly Traeye, Regina Ward and Sandy Cox just to name a few of the many relatives that appreciated their open door and open hearts. Known as the Darlings, their Love would last for forty-nine years until Lois’ passing in 2001.
Vincent worked many hours to provide for his family, from selling cleaning products door to door, car washing, Director at Inner City, a Polaroid, subdivision that trained many people with job skills so they were able to find jobs. After retiring from Polaroid, he worked at Stop & Shop, South Bay, Boston where he was known as the Banana Man. He was involved in community organizing and was a founding member of the Exodus busing program that integrated schools in the Boston area and was a supporter of the METCO busing program that integrated schools in the suburbs of Boston. He was an avid bowler and was on the Scrappers Team with the ICBL Bowling League and was honored with being one of the longest standing members of the League. Vincent loved to listen to Jazz and attend concerts anywhere Jazz was being played and was a huge fan of Toni Lynn Washington.
He is preceded in death by his special friend Susanne Roberts.
Celebrating his life are sons-in-law Henry Workman, David Springer, Sr. and Charles Green, Jr., grandchildren, Riccardo Vincent and Krissy Green, Charles Green, III, Jonathan Green, Henry Workman, Jr., David Springer, Jr., Lovon Springer, Latrice Springer and Destiny Springer, great-grandchildren, Keera Green, Keeya Green, Keyaundra Green, Ricci Green, Malia Springer, Jada Springer, David Springer, III, Daniel Springer, Savannah Sandefer, Aaron Sandefer, Elijah Vieira-Green and Charlyse Green and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
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