The Northern California Chapter
American Bamboo Society
TONY VALERIO: 8/14/57-6/4/2011
"Aloha" to long time member and friend of the NCCABS, Tony Valerio.
Anthony Michael, 'Tony' Valerio, lost his life from injuries sustained in the line of duty as a firefighter and paramedic in San Francisco. Many of you will remember Tony's quick wit, his charming smile, and superior intelligence. At the age of 53 when he died, Tony still had a young and athletic body; he surfed, hiked, bicycled, and traveled the world. He loved bamboo and had planted it at his San Francisco home. Tony had many wonderful stories about his experiences as a paramedic on the streets of San Francisco, and David King and I had great conversations with him, sharing our medical stories.
Tony was the kind of man who would always jump in to help someone in need, as he did the day he died. Tony was both kind and strong. He made friends all over the world. His spirit will live on in all of us. His body will not be here with us, but our fond memories and love for him will continue. While Tony was alive, he was laughing, smiling, and loving every minute of every day. When you spent time with Tony, you knew you had been graced with the presence of someone good. Tony, we will miss our shared meals, our talks and laughs, our strolls through bamboo groves, and the stories of your wonderful adventures. You may be gone, but you will not be forgotten. "Mahalo" Tony for all the laughs and shared fun.
Tony designed this logo years ago for one of our conferences and we will now incorporate that as our chapter logo in memory of Tony.
Respectfully submitted, Terri Schmidt