Maurice Francis “Moe” Valentine, 86, of Newington, passed away peacefully on Saturday, February 1, surrounded by family. Maurice, born to Michael and Agnes (Claughsey) Valentine in New Britain on March 20, 1933, was a people person, and loved sharing jokes and telling stories (“Stop me if you’ve heard this one before...”). Moe couldn’t throw a rock in any direction without hitting somebody he knew (and if he found someone he didn’t know, he would introduce himself and ask for another rock). He was proud of his career in law enforcement and found success using his clever and witty mind, eventually becoming Sergeant. A proud mentor to the Berlin Police Explorers, he introduced young adults to community and police work, inspiring future police officers. He retired from the Berlin Police Department in 1998 and almost immediately returned to work in Public Safety at New Britain General Hospital for ~15 years. A lifelong learner, Moe studied history, his family roots, and most recently could be heard asking Google “Where did the word ‘knickers’ come from?” He was a member of the NBHS football team and a passionate participant in neighborhood baseball games. Moe met his “sweetheart” on third base, followed the Yankees, the Red Sox (and their sign stealing), and he kept on swinging until the very end. Moe deeply loved his family and always had their best interests at heart. He was predeceased by his brothers John, Walter, and Kenneth, and his brother-in-law Rev. William F. Lynch. He is survived by his loving wife Marguerite (“Peg”); his daughter Sharon Jud and her husband Robert; his son Kevin Valentine and his wife Lynette; his grandchildren Kelly Azeredo and her husband Brett, Michael Valentine and his wife Julie, and their mother Julie Valentine; his grandchildren Christopher Jud and his wife Deena, Brian Jud and his wife Cara, and Laura Mahoney and her husband Patrick; his grandchildren Kaitlyn and Kyle Valentine; his great-grandchildren Natalie and Matthew Jud, and Madeline Valentine; and several nieces and nephews. Moe’s family wishes to extend sincere thanks to the nurses and staff of UConn Health Center for their compassion. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105-3678. Funeral services will be held Friday (Feb. 7, 2020) 9:00 AM from the Farrell Funeral Home, 110 Franklin Sq., New Britain, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 AM at Annunciation Parish (Holy Spirit Church), 183 Church St., Newington. Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery, New Britain. Visitation will be Thursday from 4:00 to 7:00 PM at the funeral home. To send a condolence, please visit www.FarrellFuneralHome.com .