Amesbury, MA — Aldage Roland “Al” LaValley, lifelong Amesbury resident, passed away peacefully at his home on Monday, January 6, 2014.
Born in Amesbury on December 22, 1925, he was one of five children of the late Joseph C. and Grizilla (LeTendre) LaValley Jr.
Al proudly served in the U.S. Marine Corps from December 21, 1943 until his honorable discharge on March 31, 1946, with the rank of Corporal. He bravely fought in the battles of Iwo Jima and Guam, and was the recipient of two Purple Hearts, having been wounded in action on two occasions. Being a proud war veteran, he treasured the reunions he shared with his division. The September 2000 A-1-9 Reunion in Virginia Beach was the first time he was reunited with war comrades since March 1946. In August 2008, he attended his 2nd A-1-9 Reunion in New Jersey, followed by a reunion in February 2011, for the commissioning of the Iwo Jima Museum, and his last reunion on October 2012, of the Honor Flight of New England.
In 1961, he married the love of his life, Lucille (Grenier), and was fortunate to spend 38 happy and humor-filled years with her.
Al will be remembered for his leadership at the Amesbury DPW as foreman of the highway for 26 years, and for his time as a Lieutenant in the Amesbury Fire Department and as an auxiliary police officer with the Town of Amesbury for 43 years. Aldage founded Newburyport Chapter No. 14 of the Blue Knights Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club. Before retiring in 1992, he worked as a foreman at Midway Excavators. Al continued to make contributions to the community by proudly helping to restore Landry Memorial Stadium in recent years.
Mr. LaValley leaves his devoted brothers, Gerard LaValley and wife, Mary, of Seabrook, N.H., and Daniel LaValley of Amesbury; granddaughter, Melissa (Tremblay) McCloskey and husband, John, of Norfolk and their two children; stepdaughter, Janet (Tremblay) Hickman of Georgetown, Ky.; granddaughter, November (Hickman) Nickett and husband, Scott, and their two children; grandson, Jeff Hickman and his wife, Toneya, and their two children; along with many adoring nieces and nephews. While he is predeceased by his stepson, Norman Tremblay Jr., he is survived by Norman’s wife, Mary Luedeka Tremblay of Hampton, N.H. He was also predeceased by two sisters, Jeanette Woodworth and Evelyn Page.
ARRANGEMENTS: Visiting hours at the Highland Chapel of Paul C. Rogers Family Funeral Home, 2 Hillside Ave., Amesbury, will be on Thursday, January 9, from 4 to 7 p.m. A funeral Mass will be held on Friday morning, January 10, at 10:30 a.m., at St. Joseph Church of the Holy Family Parish, 2 School St., Amesbury, followed by interment in Union Cemetery, Amesbury. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to Friends of Landry Stadium, c/o Provident Bank, Anne Gagne, P.O. Box 37, Amesbury, MA 01913 ,or to the Wounded Warriors Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675.