Obituary: Harry Valentin

Valentin was a Sept. 11 first responder and resident of Winslow Township. Services will be held today and tomorrow.

Harry Valentin, 57, of Winslow Township passed away Friday, May 18 at his residence. Born in New York, he lived in Rosedale for the past 11 years.

Harry was a 30-year veteran of the New York Police Department and retired as a First Grade Detective. He was a 911 first responder and was diagnosed with glioblastoma multiforme because of his exposure to the toxins at Ground Zero.

In September, he was honored at the PowerBack Rehabilitation in Voorhees for his heroic service on Sept. 11.

Harry was a DEA member and a member of the Puerto Rican Civic Association in Hammonton.

He is survived by his wife, Georgina Valentin; his sons, Harry Valentin; Tyler Valentin both of Rosedale; Xavier Valentin of Florida; Franklin Rodriguez of Brooklyn, NY; three brothers, David Valentin, Oscar Valentin; Tito Valentin; two sisters, Irma Velez; Gloria Ruiz and his two grandsons, Franklin Rodriguez, Jr.; Xavier A. Valentin.

Viewings will be held on Monday, May 21 from 6 to 9 p.m. and on Tuesday, May 22, from 9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. in St. Mary of Mt. Carmel Parish, Church of St. Joseph’s 226 French St. in Hammonton where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday at 11 a.m.

Burial will follow in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Hammonton.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Abramson Cancer Center, Penn Medicine Development Attn: Thomas White, 3535 Market St. Suite 750, Philadelphia, PA 19104.