OAKVILLE — Peter Robert “Bob” Valaitis, 77, of Oakville passed away peacefully on December 22, 2020, at his home, surrounded by family and friends. He was the beloved husband of Melodie (Burke) Valaitis.
Peter was born September 11, 1943, in Waterbury, son of the late Peter P. and Clara (Bria) Valaitis. Peter was a graduate of W.F. Kaynor RVTS and went on to proudly serve his country by signing up for the U.S. Army at the beginning of the Vietnam War.
Peter was a lifelong member of the Oakville VFW Post 7330. Prior to his retirement in early 2020, Peter was an accomplished self-employed custom cabinet maker and finish carpenter. The bulk of his career, 40 plus years, he was contracted to Brodach Builders LLC of Cheshire.
Peter enjoyed freshwater, saltwater and ice fishing. He also enjoyed trains, stamp and coin collecting, gardening and most of all, spending time with his family.
Besides his loving and devoted wife of 54 years, Melodie (Burke) Valaitis, he also leaves his daughter, Dawn M. Valaitis of Waterbury; his son, Christopher Valaitis, wife Jenny (Serrambana), and granddaughter, Dahlia Rae Valaitis of Waterbury; his sister, Claire (Valaitis) Dwyer and husband, Dennis, of Southbury; his nephew and godson, Sean Dwyer of Middlebury; his nephew, Peter Dwyer of Southbury, and two great-nephews, Lucas and Mason Dwyer of Middlebury. He was predeceased by his brother, Philip Valaitis of Waterbury.
Funeral services and burial with military honors at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Greenwich will take place at a date and time to be announced in the spring. There are no calling hours.
Chase Parkway Memorial/Albini Family Funeral Home, 430 Chase Pkwy., Waterbury, is in charge of arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, his family asks that any memorial contributions in Peter’s name be made to an educational fund for his granddaughter at: Dahlia Rae Valaitis Education Fund, c/o Wells Fargo Bank, or the Harold Leever Regional Cancer Center, 1075 Chase Pkwy., Waterbury 06708
For more information or to send e-condolences, visit www.chaseparkwaymemorial.com.