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Michael J. Valelli


It is with a heavy heart we share the unexpected passing of Michael Jude Valelli 53, of Cranston, Rhode Island. Michael died peacefully at Miriam Hospital on November 30, 2021 surrounded by his wife and children. 

Michael was born on June 13, 1968 in Providence, Rhode Island. He served as an alter boy at St. Matthews Church in Cranston. Michael was a lifetime resident of Cranston, graduating from Cranston High School East in 1987 and continuing his education at Community College of Rhode Island in Warwick. Michael was the founder and owner of Mulchworks Landscape Construction, Inc. Michael began his landscaping and construction business in 1988 with less than 10 customers and one lawnmower in the back of an old beat up pick-up truck.  Under his leadership, his company steadily grew to become one of the state’s most successful landscaping and construction businesses.  

“Big V” was the life of the party. He was always ready to greet you with a big bear hug and a silly joke. He lived his life to the fullest and he was always able to light up the room with his big smile, witty personality, and legendary one liners. Michael constantly had a million things going on, but he always made time for family and friends. His infamous parties are legendary and invites to these parties were coveted by all who knew him. Michael would host his annual Fourth of July party, attended by hundreds; with firework shows that rivaled Roger Williams Park.  On his nights out Michael could usually be found at Twin Oaks, his favorite restaurant in Rhode Island. Mostly, he will be remembered for willingness to always help, his contagious laugh, and his immeasurable love for his wife, children, family, and friends. Michael was a dedicated coach who worked tirelessly and helped many young athletes involved with CLCF football and basketball. He thrived when working in the CLCF concession stand to help make it successful and enjoyable for all. 

Micheal leaves behind his loving wife Gina (D’Allesandro) and two children Giana and Michael. He is also survived by his parents Carmine “Buster” and Ruth Valelli,  sister Tribbie Zarra, her husband Eddie Zarra, as well as other loving members of the D’Allesandro family, multiple nieces, nephews, and his grandpuppy Willson. 

Visitation will be held on Sunday December 5, 2021 from 2:00-6:00pm in The Butterfield Chapel 500 Pontiac Avenue Cranston.  A Concelebrated Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday December 6, 2021 at 10:00am in The Holy Apostles Church 800 Pippin Orchard Road Cranston.  In lieu of flowers donations in his memory may be made to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital 501 St. Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105 or to stjude.org

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December 5, 2021

2:00 PM to 6:00 PM
The Butterfield Chapel
500 Pontiac Avenue
Cranston, RI 02910

Mass of Christian Burial
December 6, 2021

10:00 AM
Holy Apostles Catholic Church
800 Pippen Orchard Road
Cranston, RI 02921

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