Jose Valle

Jose Valle of Cosmopolis died on Friday, March 29, 2013, in Shelton; he was 79. Jose was born in Matanzas, Cuba on December 25, 1933.

On January 15, 1956, Jose married Ligia Mascorieto, the love of his life. He was so proud of his godly wife. They journeyed through life together for 57 years; an example of unity and commitment. In their first year, they lived in the US and when they came back to Cuba the Revolution started. Socialism took an island popular with tourists and a free people and enslaved both. Time proved this was no longer a place in which they wanted to raise their family. One day, Jose saw an article about the Pacific Northwest in the 1960 National Geographic, and he knew this was their destiny. After years of planning, he loaded his family on a boat and tried to escape. They were arrested, and he was imprisoned and tortured for more than a year for believing in human liberty.

For many years they strove to get out of communist Cuba, and in 1972, on the last freedom flight of that era, God intervened and they left Cuba. They arrived in N.J. and Jose promptly went looking for work, and with his first paycheck, this man of integrity repaid the government his one and only welfare check.

Jose graduated from the University of Havana with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering. In N.J. he retook his engineering exams, and his family remembers fondly when he entered the examination room he was puzzled as he saw students with suitcases full of books - he had never heard of an open book exam. Jose gingerly walked in with only a pencil behind his ear and aced the exams.

In 1977, his dream came true and he moved the family to his Pacific Northwest. He worked at G.H. PUD from 1977 until he retired in 1998. He was a man of innovation, high ideals with a philanthropic heart - always rooting for the underdog. His PUD customers loved him. He went out of his way to help and was indeed a Good Samaritan. Many times he saw families in need, and he secretly provided for them.

Jose lived a lot of life and had many colorful tales which he loved to tell. His friends and family will miss him dearly. He is survived by his wife, Ligia; daughters, Lourdes of Vancouver and Maria of Montesano; his grandchildren, who were his pride and joy, Paris Powell of Vancouver, and Jason, Brandon and Aaron Bodey of Hoquiam; and two sisters in Florida.

At his request there will not be a service, but please sign the guestbook and leave your memories. (www.