Vale, Jeffrey


Jeffrey Vale died suddenly at home in Warwick on May 9, 2024, a month short of his 80th birthday. His loving wife of almost 40 years, Melody Lloyd Allen, was by his side. He was born in Providence to the late Russell A. and Caroline M. (Goddard) Vale. He was the eldest of five brothers; predeceased by Glenn and Craig, survived by Mark and Bradford.

Jeff loved to tell of his adventures growing up in South Providence. He graduated from Central High School, joined the Army, served in Germany, and brought back more stories. During high school, he enjoyed working in the kitchen at a summer camp on Lake Winnipesaukee. The GI Bill allowed him to gain an Associate Degree from Johnson & Wales. In 2002, he retired as a computer systems manager after more than 30 years at the RI Office of Library and Information Services (formerly DSLS). He was always delighted when confronted by a computer or programming challenge. He also made many friends supporting his wife's career and interests.

Jeff enjoyed attracting hummingbirds to the front yard, welcoming bunnies to the back yard, spoiling cats in the house, reading mysteries, winning at dominoes, eating Chinese food, and savoring a Boston Cream Pie treat. He took pleasure in photographing birds and flowers and also in watching animal and cooking videos on TikTok. He and Melody shared many wonderful trips, especially to England, and he valued time spent with friends. His blue eyes twinkled when he laughed.

No service is planned, and burial is private at the Rhode Island Veteran's Cemetery. Condolences and full obituary are at the Cremation Society of Rhode Island Donations in his honor may be made to the Potter League for Animals, 87 Oliphant Lane, Middletown RI 02842, or at